the process


What is the workflow?

  1. Head over to our Online Order Entry link, and go through the check out based on what films you’re sending in.

  2. Mail in your film in a clearly marked package.

  3. Your film is placed in the queue for development and scanning.

  4. When your order if finished to your specifications, your scans are delivered via Dropbox.

  5. Your film is, sleeved, and stored. You can also have your film returned immediately, but it's more economical for you to wait until you've built up a few orders.

Our turn around time for most orders is 4-5 business days, starting as soon as your invoice is paid.  Very large orders of more than 30 rolls can take a bit longer. You can also feel free to use our classic order forms if you prefer not to use online order entry.


Our C41 & Monochrome Process

Each roll is processed in a computer controlled rotary tank, and each development run uses completely fresh developer "one-shot" to ensure perfect density.  

  • For C41, we only use original Kodak Flexicolor chemistry, which ensures the highest quality and archivality.

  • Each B&W emulsion is unique, and we don't believe in using a one-size-fits-all developer. We pair specific films with specific developers so you get optimum results. For traditional grained films such as Tri-X or HP5, we use Kodak XTol. For T-Grain films such as Delta 3200 or TMAX, we use Ilford DDX. The remainder of the chemical steps are Ilford Rapid Fixer, Heico Permawash, and Ilford wetting agent.

Pro & Simple scans are made exclusively on the industry favorite Fuji Frontier SP-3000.  Chromogenic based films benefit from the Frontier's famous color reproduction, and digital ICE that eliminates dust and scratches.  

Pro Scans are scanned at the Fuji Frontier's highest possible resolution, with customizable corrections beginning at the scan level, and finishing to your specific preference applied in post.  

Simple Scans are done at a slightly reduced resolution, and have only in-scanner corrections for density and color balance.  You may order Simple Scans from B&W film, but they are un-dusted in post.  All film is cleaned prior to scanning, but some dust is possible. You also have the option of upgrade the scan size to the pro resolution.

What resolution you say?

Pro:

135: 3647x5444 - Aprx 19 megapixels

645:  3647x4847 - Aprx 17 megapixels

6x6 / 6x7: 3636x3635 / 3647x4547 - Aprx 13 / 16 megapixels

Simple:

135:  3047x4547 - Aprx 13 megapixels

645:  3047x4046 - Aprx 12 megapixels

6x6 / 6x7: 3035x3035 / 3047x3794 - Aprx 9 / 11 megapixels

All of the above are printable at 300 DPI.

 


We deliver only the best from E6 films

Leica M4 - Zeiss 28/2.8 Biogon - Fujifilm Velvia 100

Leica M4 - Zeiss 28/2.8 Biogon - Fujifilm Velvia 100

There is nothing like well exposed chrome. Intense colors, deep blacks, and the finest grain available in a color emulsion.  Sadly E6 process films have been largely ignored for a few years due to the growing quality and versatility of C41.  We hope to change that to some extent.  Our E6 film is still run through our computer controlled rotary processor with "one shot" chemistry to ensure perfection in development.   Pixel resolution & Pro/Simple adjustments are otherwise the same as C41.  Take some fresh E6 film on your next trip, you won't regret it.

We firmly believe that when it comes to full roll scans, no other lab is offering the same level of quality from slide film that we do. The only way to do better would be to order drum scans, and those are a whole different ball game of cost and workflow.


4x5 Scans are Back!

We have finally perfected our scanning process for 4x5 film. This is a service that actually makes sense for large format shooters working today. Using the same technology that allows us to scan full borders with B&W film, and produce the best E6 full roll scans in the business, we are able to capture a full format 4x5 sheet that prints easily to 20x25” (that’s huge!). If you’re out shooting a box of 4x5 film, you don’t know which image is necessarily a keeper and which isn’t. It makes no sense to send off your film for high priced scans of every frame, when you’re simple accumulating first round edits. Using our 4x5 Simple Scans, you can shoot freely and get scans that don’t break the bank, yet remain fully printable, and have significant dynamic range for post production edits.

4x5 scans are a little different from our roll film options. We only offer this service in “Simple Scan” form. This means that we only do ‘pre-scan’ film cleaning to avoid dust, and basic color correction. You may wish to do more finishing work in your image editor of choice. Considering that we are offering these files only in a single, native scanner resolution, we feel that a ‘Pro Scan’ option would not offer a significant advantage to most large format shooters.

C41 conversions are always tricky, and even advanced software packages like Flexcolor (for Imacon/Hasselblad) scanners only do a basically mediocre job. However our conversions are actually based on the same color science that makes the Fuji Frontier scans look so good. It’s basically Frontier color from a 4x5 sheet. You’re going to want more Portra like yesterday.

We feel comfortable saying that you may not ever even need a better scan than our 4x5 Simple Scans, they’re that good.

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Other labs let me order "Small, Medium, Large, or XL" resolution

We want to simplify options. Reducing resolution in the scanner only benefits the lab by speeding things up, allowing for greater production capacity.  We deliver what other labs call "large" for simple scans, and XL for Pro Scans, without price gouging.  In the end you get a better product for the same or less money.  We're happy to scan at a lower resolution, but we can't lower the price of scans unfortunately.

TL/DR: No price gouging on scan size at Northeast Photographic.


Do you make prints?

Coming soon! Our Epson large format printer is currently undergoing installation, stay tuned!


What is Tone on the order form?

It is just the way the scanner outputs your contrast range.  It's a subtle change, but it's there.  If you know in advance that you want a snappy or soft look, this allows you to tell us to scan with that in mind.  Feel free to leave it blank if you want to leave it up to the scanner operator.  

All Soft - S

All Soft - S

Neutral - N

Neutral - N

All Hard - H

All Hard - H