I have become very untrusting of labs at least in my area to get me good prints. If I print 8+10 I use my Epson, but for anything larger I have to trust a lab to scan my negs and print from the scans. The problem is they do nothing to adjust the image before printing. Now I do not know about anyone else but I do not shoot perfect images for print straight from the negative scans. I have talked to them, but they do not really care. So I wonder if I scan at home.do my work in photoshop, set for print size, then burn to a disk and send it to them for print do I stand a better chance to recieve back what I pay for. I understand the concept of time vs money, but what ever happen to pride for services rendered. At this point I have about 30 medium format negs I would like to print so I will not trust them to just do the work themselves. I would upgrade my printer to the 1800 at least, but would rather wait until I can buy the 2400. So for now I am stuck with the labs I use or send away to another lab. I have no problem doing that but know this problem exsist everywhere. Thanks Monte Johnson.
Monte, What are you doing now to print 8x10's at home with the Epson? A print will only be as good as the scan and is an art in itself.If you are scanning for small prints at home, you can just bring in the cd or upload to a service bureau where the resizing is done by the bureau.
I have gotten excellent results from Mpix; you may wish to try them.
Other people I know have had great results with Costco.
Ronk, my scans and printing at home is great, but I can only print 8+10 on my printer so if I want larger I have to count on a lab. I have always let the lab do my scanning for larger prints, but the problem is they scan they just do not do anything else before printing. Thanks for the tip I will check them out. Monte Johnson.
How are you scanning your film? Are you using a dedicated film scanner or flatbed with transparency adapter?
Why not let the lab continue to scan for large prints, but give you the file to tweak before they make the prints. That way you'll have the best of both worlds. You'll have access to scans for larger prints, but the prints will be made according to your specifications.
A lot of photographers on my forum use White House Custom Color for their prints. The quality, price and service is very good.
I do let the lab scan for large prints I only use my scanner to print my 8+10 on the R800. I use a 4870 flat bed scanner. At some point I hope to have either the R1800 or 2400. Most labs i found have better deicated scanners for larger prints.