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35mm negatives processing question


Aug 17 2012, 2:57am

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35mm negatives processing question Can't Post

Magpie's question below prompted me to mine the seemingly bottomless depths of knowledge here on TORn:

I recently found 35mm negatives of pictures that I thought were lost forever from a college trip to Europe. The box that I packed the prints in way back when I was 18 somehow disappeared between the dorm and home, when I moved back. I was thrilled yesterday when my mother called to say that the negatives popped up in a trunk that my parents had at their house.

Question: These pictures are very valuable to me *now*, and I would like to have high quality prints and digital images from the negatives if possible. The negatives look to be in very good shape, and don't show any moisture or heat damage. Where should I go to get the best results? I live in a small town, but have access to Wal Mart, Target, Walgreens, etc...

Any suggestions?


Aug 17 2012, 4:45am

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Do you have any Ritz Camera / Proex stores up there? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd try checking into them before Walmart or Target.

Also, try asking at high end camera shops. They might know where photographers go for services.

It's possible you might end up shipping it somewhere.

Back in the dark ages, when we took our cross country trip in 1976, we'd prepay for our film processing by buying an envelope we mailed the film in to Kodak. They'd mail the film back - only we put my mother's address as the return address. She saw all the pictures from that trip before we did!

Kodak is pretty much a done deal, but there may be processing houses in the Twin Cities that can handle it.

Not that that is professional advice in any way. I was a hobby photographer back in the day and gave it up when I had kids. I wanted to be engaged in their lives.. not recording it. That, and the theft of my nice camera.

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Aug 17 2012, 8:40am

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Ask from your local camera club [In reply to] Can't Post

If there's still some real photographers there. If they shoot film, they propably also have developing equipment. And you are sure to have high quality print, properly washed photographic paper lasts forever.

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Aug 17 2012, 2:53pm

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The Walgreens in my town does that. [In reply to] Can't Post

I suppose it depends on the individual store as to whether or not they still do film. But I have taken film there and have been pleased with the results. They'll put the images on a disk, too. Good luck! At least you have the negatives.

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Aug 20 2012, 3:55am

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Well, mothers know everything anyway [In reply to] Can't Post

Particularly if you don't want them to. I certainly learned that in high school! : )

Thanks for the advice, I think I will pick my niece's brain also. I forgot that she is at SCSU in some graphic arts/photography program. She may know of a camera shop in St Cloud.


Aug 20 2012, 3:58am

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Thanks for the help and advice folks! // [In reply to] Can't Post



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