FAQs

Scanning

What are my Scans going to look like?

We get this question more than any other question, and there are several versions of the answer. Almost all of our 120, 220, and 35mm film is scanned on our Noritsu scanner. This provides the highest quality digital image from your prints. For 120 and 220 film, we can scan 6X4.5, 6×6, 6×7, and 6×9 formats. For 35 mm, we can scan standard-sized and half-sized frames. Please see the scan resolution chart below for the respective sizes.

 

35mm Film
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2048×3072
Upgraded Scan 4492×6774
Medium Format 6×4.5
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2412×1766
Upgraded Scan 3533×4824
Medium Format 6×6
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2416×2380
Upgraded Scan 4832×4760
Medium Format 6×7
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2951×2407
Upgraded Scan 5902×4815
Medium Format 6×9
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 3569×2451
Upgraded Scan 7139×4903

All other formats, including sprocket scans, 110, 126, 127, etc. are scanned on our manual Fuji scanner. Scan sizes will vary depending on film size and framing. We can do sprocket scans only on 35mm film sizes.


Film Sizes

Do you process 127 and 828 film?

Yes, we can process 127 and 828-type film. Click here for order form.

What are my Scans going to look like?

We get this question more than any other question, and there are several versions of the answer. Almost all of our 120, 220, and 35mm film is scanned on our Noritsu scanner. This provides the highest quality digital image from your prints. For 120 and 220 film, we can scan 6X4.5, 6×6, 6×7, and 6×9 formats. For 35 mm, we can scan standard-sized and half-sized frames. Please see the scan resolution chart below for the respective sizes.

 

35mm Film
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2048×3072
Upgraded Scan 4492×6774
Medium Format 6×4.5
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2412×1766
Upgraded Scan 3533×4824
Medium Format 6×6
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2416×2380
Upgraded Scan 4832×4760
Medium Format 6×7
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 2951×2407
Upgraded Scan 5902×4815
Medium Format 6×9
Scan Size Scan Dimensions
Standard Scan 3569×2451
Upgraded Scan 7139×4903

All other formats, including sprocket scans, 110, 126, 127, etc. are scanned on our manual Fuji scanner. Scan sizes will vary depending on film size and framing. We can do sprocket scans only on 35mm film sizes.

What size frames can you scan?

We can scan all sorts of frame sizes. At our standard and high-resolution scan sizes for 35mm film, we can scan a standard 35mm frame, as well as individual half frames. We are also able to scan other frame sizes by hand on our Fuji scanner. We handle all “Spinner” frames on a case-by-case basis. For 120 film, we can scan 6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7, and 6×9. For 6×12 images, we can scan them in two sections allowing you to digitally splice them together using your favorite photo editing program. For all other film types and sizes, we can handle all the standard frame sizes.


Film Type

Can You Handle Infrared (IR) Film?

Yes! We can handle both Black and White and Color (Aerochrome) IR films at no additional charge. Our BW and E-6 films are hand loaded onto reels and small batch processed in our Phototherm Super Sidekick processor. No IR sensors to fog or otherwise mess up your film. Please make your rolls accordingly and we’ll take the extra steps from there.

What is the difference between 220 and 120?

120 and 220 are both medium-format films–the film width is the same in both cases. 220, however, is twice the length of 120, which generally means that 220 yields twice as many exposures.

What types of film can you NOT process?

The following are film types and chemical processes we CAN NOT do in our lab:

  • Motion Picture Film. We can not process film shot with a movie camera
  • K-11, K-12 & K-14 ( Kodachrome slide films) no known resource other than to do it yourself
  • E-2 & E-4 (old Ektachrome slide films) contact Film Rescue
  • Agfa Scala (black and white positive slide film) contact dr5 Lab 
  • Kodak Disc Film contact Film Rescue or Dwaynes Photo
  • Triple Print Film contact Film Rescue
  • Single Use Digital Cameras (Long’s Drug and CVS for example) no known resource

If you mail us any of the above films, it costs us both incoming and outgoing postage.. we will return to you, but charge you actual U.S.P.S. postage to do so.  There is a minimum of $7.00 to cover these postage fees

*We have been able to get black and white images out of old C-22 film. Click here or email us for more information. 


Black & White (B&W)

How do you develop my true B&W film?

Unlike color processing, which is chemically very precise, black and white processing allows the processor a lot of flexibility and individualization. At Old School Photo Lab, we have found the best results with Kodak TMAX developer; we adjust our processing for the specific film typeand speed you use, as well as any personal preferences you express.

What is True Black and White film?

True black and white film is chemically much the same as the film from nineteenth-century photography. The category of true black and white came about because there is also a category of what you might call ‘false’ black and white film, developed around 1980, in the age of the minilab. Because black and white film was dying in popularity and complicated to process, it was difficult to find minilabs that processed it. Film manufacturers created ‘chromogenic’ film (beginning with Ilford XP1 and eventually including Kodak TCN 400), which yielded black and white prints via C-41 processing.


E-6 Film

Do You Process Black and White Slide Film?

We still process color E-6 slide film, but  we do not have the proper chemicals to do black and white slide film.  In our research, we also have not found any at-home processing kits available.  If anyone knows where they can be found, let us know so we can refer inquiries!   We get the most requests to do Agfa Scala and Fomapan R100 black and white slide films.   From the images we have seen, they are very cool looking films.   Try this lab: dr5  The available process for current Agfachrome, Fujichrome, and Kodak Ektacrhome transparency films is E-6.  We still do E-6 processing regularly here.   Kodachrome film and processing chemistry was discontinued several years ago, though we have read of some labs using black and white chemicals to process them (we do not offer that service).   Older Ektachrome processes (any E- number lower than ”6”) may be available from specialty labs like: filmrescue.com  

How do you process my slide film?

There are several different slide film processors, but most of them were created for mass production. At Old-School Photo Lab, we utilize small-batch processing. We spool each roll by hand onto a reel and put it into a light-tight development tank that holds one to four rolls of film. Fresh Fuji chemistry is used for every batch of film, so the results are always bright and consistent.

How is slide film different from other film?

 ‘Regular’ film is negative film. It is created to have light transmitted through it for printing or scanning. (This is why you can’t ‘read’ your images off of negatives–it’s a ‘negative’ image.) Slide film was created to be projected–that is, to have light transmitted through it so that the image could be displayed directly. So your image in slide film appears on the slide film much the way your eye saw the image when you took the picture.

What is Reverse Cross-Processing (X-PRO)?

‘Reverse cross-processing’ involves processing C-41 (color negative) film as though it were slide film–that is to say, with E-6 chemistry. Since ‘regular’ cross-processing gives the effect of intense saturation and high contrast, it stands to reason that ‘reverse’ cross-processing tends to flatten contrast and muddy colors. (Please keep this in mind when making your processing choices.)

Why is E-6 Scanning more expensive?

Simple answer- because it takes much longer than negative scanning. Negative film is intended to transmit light, so the scanner reads it with ease. But because slide film is intended to be viewed as a slide, its images are deposited with more density on the film, so the scanner collects the information more slowly.

You scan from slide film, can you scan from mounted/cut slides?

Yes, but not at these prices. (It is labor-intensive and time-consuming to handle individual slides.) Please consult our scanning pricelist.



Misc.

Do you charge me if there is nothing on my film?
Yes, we do charge you for developing your film even if there are no images on it.. or the images are in a condition that does not allow us to scan them.  It takes us the same amount of time, chemistry, postage and effort to process your film.. regardless of outcome.
We do refund fees for any services which we can not perform
Do you offer discounts for larger orders?

We’re happy to offer multi roll processing discounts! We’re always looking for ways to help you shoot more film.

Multi Roll Pricing
2-4 Rolls 10% Discount
5+ Rolls 15% Discount
Do you repair cameras?

No. We don’t do any camera repairs in house. We do have a few recommendations though!
United Camera Repair Inc. in Rock Island, IL. Film, digital. Lots of brands.
LeZot Camera Repair in Williston, VT. Film and digital as well. They do pretty much all brands.
Classic Camera & Repair in Saco, ME. Local to us! Great service in the New England area for many years. Call for quotes. (207) 284-5500

We’re glad to help if we can. If you’ve got questions about your camera that you think we may know the answer to, feel free to give us an email!

Do you return my negatives?

Always! We’re not quite sure how the trend of tossing negatives became a thing for mass labs, but we think it’s a terrible idea. As film shooters ourselves, we know how important the negatives are, we’d never throw them away. They always come home to you, no worries.

What Is Your Limit of Liability?

Please read this legal limit of liability:

The submission of any film, print, slide, negative, or digital media to us for processing, printing,  posting on the internet or any other handling constitutes an agreement by you that if such film, print, slide, negative, or digital media is damaged, lost or mishandled by our company or affiliated company, agents or employees; even though due to the negligence or other fault of any of the foregoing, or if unauthorized access is gained or misuse of an image is made by any third party, our liability will be limited, at our option, to replacement of an equivalent amount of unexposed film and processing or a refund of monies paid by you to us.  The foregoing will be your exclusive remedy for any such loss, damage, or mishandling.  Except for such replacement or refund, the acceptance for processing, printing, posting on the internet or handling of any film, slides, negatives or digital media is without any warranty whatsoever (whether expressed or implied, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose) or liability of any kind.  Recovery for any special, incidental or consequential damages is specifically excluded.