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    Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    So I've got the camera, the film, and the lens. I know where to process, but where on earth do I get prints made? All my current 8x10 film is E-6 which seems to make things even harder. If I had the means of processing I'd have no problem doing contact prints on my own, but that's not the case. (Maybe I can do the printing and have a lab process the paper?) I'm in Toronto and Calgary based on whether or not I'm in school. Any suggestions? (There's a Jobo CPE2 with lift for sale locally, which may be an option if I had the space...)

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    Scan & print to inkjet????? Lots of folks are doing it these days.

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    Bob Carnie is in Toronto IIRC, he's an active member here on the forum. He'll be able to tell you his options, since he's a lab owner/operator.

    I drum scan and output prints via lightjet(laser exposure onto ra-4 papers)

    Inkjets TO ME still don't look like a "photograph" where, IMO, the image lives INSIDE the paper, not on top of it. Just my $.02 though

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    The library nearest me has Microtek i900s but I don't think they're available right now. (Renovations to the space)

    I'd much rather do proper prints than scan and print. Scanning adds another level of stuff I don't enjoy dealing with. (Same with enlarging)

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    Hi, I feel for you, I asked the same question about 2 months ago and got few responses. I'll look for that post, but I also found it strange that on a LF board, with everyone talking about how nice Kodak color film was, no one could answer where you can get wet prints done. I find it hard to believe that the only way to print color LF negatives now is to digitally scan them and inkjet print. Did color printing quickly die out and no one mentioned it? The places in Tucson will only contact print color (no enlargements), but I have 4x5s, and that's too small a contact for me. Anyone got a good place to color print, wet?

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    Bob C. might still do optical color enlargements. IDK if Toronto Image Works(Edward Burtynsky's lab) rents an 8x10 enlarger, might want to call them:

    http://www.torontoimageworks.com/rentals_darkrooms.html

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    If there aren't any rental darkrooms with color facilities available in your area, then buy a jobo to process color film and an enlarger with a color head to make contacts with. Since you will be making contact prints you don't need an 8x10 enlarger. A smaller enlarger should work.

    Alternatively, make friends with another photographer and share facilities.

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    I no longer make enlarger prints from colour negatives, not that I couldn't but all our paper comes in rolls and we like most labs scan or print from digital capture when it comes to colour.
    I believe Image Works is no longer renting out the 8x10.
    If there was a significant order with a compelling reason to keep all traditional enlarger for colour prints I would consider.
    but a minimum day rate and client buying the paper would apply.


    Quote Originally Posted by DanielStone View Post
    Bob C. might still do optical color enlargements. IDK if Toronto Image Works(Edward Burtynsky's lab) rents an 8x10 enlarger, might want to call them:

    http://www.torontoimageworks.com/rentals_darkrooms.html

    -Dan "google is my friend" Stone

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    E6 is indeed going to be a problem.

    If you don't mind working with color neg, then any lab that still does contact prints for rolls of color neg or for 4x5 should in principle be able to sandwich an 8x10 neg with a piece of paper and make a contact print of that too; it's just a matter of whether they're willing to accommodate special requests. Some labs are very helpful and service-oriented in that way, some not so much.

    If you want enlargements, are you willing to pay a minimum of $20 for the first print of each negative? Plus shipping? Because that's what it's going to cost for commercial-grade prints. For serious custom printing, far more.

    If cost and shipping hassle aren't an issue, you might inquire at Color Services in Needham, MA, or at Praus Productions in Rochester, NY. I don't know whether either still maintains an 8x10 enlarger, but at least both are places where it should be considered a perfectly reasonable question to ask.

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    Re: Where on earth do I get 8x10 color printed?

    The Lab Works...Winnipeg and ABC Photo in Vancouver...
    ABC still has an 8x10 enlarger and wet prints and so does lab works i think....
    Best prices for processing are still toronto image works.
    No place in Alberta for c41 above 4x5" and 120 gets scratched at vistek...
    Keep the dream alive.
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