Color 120 process at Wally Mart, YUK

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    So, I've seen some threads about having 120 B/W developed at Wal-mart so I gave it a try but with some Fuji 160 "S" given to me by the nice gent I got some MF Lenses from.
    YUK
    The pic's came back sharp but very, very dull. No black nor color sat...
    Could this be the "S" film or is this Wally mart?

    I did not push/pull and my instructions were little but clear, i.e., return film spool which they did, 4x6 etc.... I've not scanned them yet.

    I use the same lens with the digi back with no problems.

    P.S. I'm in NJ and use to use A&I mailers for my process but they became pretty expensive and long times, b/w I do on my own and it's more fun.
    Any suggestions for a lab please?

    Thank you.
    Tom
     
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    This sounds like a "machine sitting idle for two weeks while developer expired within" story. Why would you have walmart themselves process anything? I give them my kodachrome but the only chance they have to botch that is when they hand the envelope to fuji to do it for them. In the end, slides w/ walmart=ok; in house C41= bad news bears.

    Suggestions would be any lab that gets enough film to keep their process stable. Try Dwayne's photo.

    Nobody will beat DIY home processing for costs.
     
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    tib, walmart does in fact send their 120 and 135 to Fuji Labs which is why I thought I'd be safe.. Guess I was wrong... I'm looking forward to seeing the scan which I'll post later.
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    Excuse me for possibly stating the obvious, but are you judging the quality of negative processing by the quality of the cheap prints you got back with the film? Not a way to judge film quality. You need to look at and evaluate the negatives. Now I know that color negative film can be hard to evaluate, but compare them to other negatives on the same film stock that you know are good. Do they look radically different? Do they look very "thin?".
     
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    Fuji 160 S is no longer made. What was the expiration date of your film?
     
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    When did that happen? Freestyle is still selling it.
     
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    Fujifilm USA still lists 160S on their website as well. I highly doubt it has been discontinued.
     
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    Well, that was the case. Just bad prints. At $1.80 for 16 exposures I can live with it.
    Thanks tons guys.
    Tom
     
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    Sammy In the Snow.....

    Now, the print of this bad boy was just nasty, but the scan shows me that it's ok. Taken with a 120 film, Fuji 160S and I checked, it's still available.....
     

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