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First roll from UK Film Lab

June 10, 2015

Having become a touch disappointed with the inconsistency of colour work I have been getting back from my local D&P, I thought it about time I tried a pro-lab. Having done a bit of reading around the internet, not just reviews, but also the various ethos of different labs, UK Film Lab sounded like the one that would suit me best.

I shall no doubt compile some wider thoughts on their service at some point, but for now, in brief, I shall just say that my experience of their service was as good as I could have wished for.

After what I suppose could be called a consultation telephone meeting with Erica, I decided I would shoot a test roll for them to develop. These are the results of that test roll.

They were shot on Portra 400, with the Leica M-A, 50mm ‘cron and Voigtlander 28mm f1.9 Ultron. I instructed UK Film lab to provide me with straight large scans. Admittedly the content of the photos is nothing to get too excited about, but I am more than happy with the resulting photos.

I have actually had two other rolls back from them, some of which I shall be posting over the next day or so. Short of my sometimes-fishy exposure, they have definitely come back consistent. So far, so good, very happy with my first roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

First Roll from UK Film Lab

I’ve got stacks more photos back from UK film lab to post over the next few days, so if your interested, keep an eye out…

Cheers for reading

Hamish

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Urban Hafner
    June 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

    They are doing are great job, don’t they? If they weren’t that expensive I’d send them all my color film.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      … yeah, same here!

  • Reply
    david wooff
    July 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Hamish,
    I was interested in peoples’ experiences with UK film lab but who else have you used who you would consider to be worth trying?

    Thanks,
    Dave

  • Reply
    tyler
    October 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Hamish, is there a lab that you use now, or are you doing everything at home/in-house? Just moved to the UK from the US and am having trouble finding a solid lab recommendation.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      October 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      I use AG Photolab, but I’d also recommend http://www.filmdev.co.uk/ – they seem to get almost universally good reviews.

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