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    6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    Hello,
    Can anyone recommend a lab that will develop and scan 6x12 120 color negative film in the USA?

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    you'll need a lab that has a suitably equipped flatbed scanner, an Imacon/Hasselblad Flextight, or a drum scanner.

    "Developing" is the easy part, as it's rollfilm, just like any other c-41 color negative film shot through a traditional MF camera(Hasselblad, Mamiya, Bronica, etc.)
    Scanning is where you'll come into some trouble, as most "mini-labs"(many of the mail-order labs that have sprung up over the past few years can only handle up to 6x9 with their Fujifilm/Noritsu scanners, panoramic formats such as 6x12/17 will need more pertinent attention, and different equipment than most "labs" might normally employ. AKA "custom".

    IIRC, Praus Productions in NY can scan 6x12(any size up to 4x5 I believe, of which 6x12 is 1/2 the size). Anyhow, might give them a call, and see if he/they'll be able to get something together for you, like a package type of deal. TBH, I'd probably be looking into having a PROOF SHEET made of your negatives, as you'll be able to assess them all at once. Just a suggestion. A proof sheet, a good lightbox and strong loupe can quickly sort out the "good from the bad". The contact/proof sheet just gives you a rough idea of what you have to work with.

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    Contact Dodge Chrome in Silver Spring, Maryland www.dodgechrome.com

    They do wet lab for roll and sheet film up to 8x10 in b&w, E-6, and C-41.

    They also have a large digital imaging business, so they can probably scan 6x12.

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    Thanks for the replies.
    I actually have an Epson V750.
    And I bought anti-newton ring glasses for 120 and 4x5.
    Though, I only have the Epson holders.
    The lab I currently use, Precision Camera & Video in Austin, TX, seems to go up to 6x9.
    I've only used them once for my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, now have another roll to send in.
    Just recently got a Franka Werke Rolfix I, which is 6x9, and have already a couple of rolls to send in.
    I also recently purchased a DaYi 6x12, 6x9, 6x6 back for my 4x5 Sinar F2.
    I will ask if they can process 6x12.
    I will have to setup my computer room for scanning...

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    Researching making contact sheets.
    Wonder if this is needed if I can scan with my Epson V750?

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    Gamma Photo Lab, Chicago has been my choice for over forty years.
    A description of their scanning service, here and here.

    Darkroom labs here.

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    If your lab can process 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9, they can process 6x12 and, for that matter, 6x17. Film is developed by the whole roll, not individual exposures. Have them leave the negs in a strip uncut. I can believe they can't scan them or enlarge them but you have a v750 with the goodies so you are good to go in that department. Yes, the V750 will do 8x10 negs so you can make 'contact sheets'. Lay the negs on the glass just like with an 8x10 neg. . Not sure if the Epson holders will hold all of the negs at once but a holder which will hold a strip of 4 6x6 will handle a strip of 2 6x12. You can make 'contact sheets' from the scanned images in software (Photoshop Elements will do it. Others probably will also.) so you can print out a whole roll of images on one or two sheets of 8x10 paper if you have a good printer.

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    LTI in nyc. Best c-41 in the business, by a long-shot. They scan using a eversmart supreme super flatbed.

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    Re: 6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    I would use Praus in Rochester. First rate professional lab-never had a problem with them. I've sent them tons of C-41 and B&W over the years.
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    6x12 120 color negative film labs in the USA? develop and scan

    Quote Originally Posted by buggz View Post
    Researching making contact sheets.
    Wonder if this is needed if I can scan with my Epson V750?
    Of course you can. What you have is first-class hardware. You do not need any outside service until you find a particular frame worthy of an expensive hired scan, and I question that, depending upon your goal.

    Learn of your hardware and be happy.

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