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Boots to close 160 film processing labs

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Boots to close 160 film processing labs

Nottingham-based company Boots puts 200 jobs at risk
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The Nottingham-based company said instant print services were more popular and traditional developing would be available, but outsourced.

As I child I regularly used the local Boots although I am sure back then they sent the rolls of film off as it usually took a week. But I remember the excitement of receiving the prints (often many having a big sticker informing you of where you went wrong) as being a large part of the photographic experience.
It's just not the same viewing shots directly on an LCD screen but, he ho, it's progress Smiley

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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

I use Jessops.  Smiley
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

Yes I remember those stickers, I used to get "insufficient light" or "not holding the camera steady" Cheesy
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

I used Gratispool in my monochrome days.
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

I almost always used to do my own processing.
I started in the cellar with a dish with a spanner inside, looping the film under it and dragging it back and forth through the developer before rinsing and fixing.
I then progressed to a developing tank with a spiral insert to take a 36 frame 35mm film.
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

Ahh the good old Hydroquinone, great for panchromatic film.
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Hi  Strat,
That was "a blast from the past", I bet you had a few panics when you got 90% of a 36 exposure 35mm film into the spiral. I used to use the Johnson one, the 120 film version was a breeze, but the 35mm !!!!
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

Remember the Ektachrome colour slide developing kits, I've still got (somewhere) the recipe for 'cooking' colour slides film for a higher asa rating.
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

I Think it was  fairly expensive to do your own printing at home considering the cost of chemicals which had to be used by a certain date. Taking prints in for developing and printing was a lot cheaper but you had no control over the final outcome.
Looking at some of my old photographs (apart from the memories they contain) the quality is rubbish when compared to what can be done with digital photos and a good software package.
Only wish digital had been available in my younger days as I was very interested in photography but did not have the funds to do much of it.
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

Used to home process slides in E6 kits (I think it was E6? or something like it)
But you're right gleneagles, I don't think it was cheaper there was a lot of kit other than just the chemical kit needed; slide frames, frame press, changing bag (I didn't have access to a darkroom) processing tanks, I'm pretty sure it was easier to take the film cassettes to the chemy.
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Re: Boots to close 160 film processing labs

Yes it was E6 kits, sadly there were no chemist where I was living/working, we had use of a well stocked darkroom though, it was DIY or nothing.
@gleneagles:- your right the colour & quality was rubbish, but the record was good for comparison of same locations today.
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I bet you had a few panics when you got 90% of a 36 exposure 35mm film into the spiral

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