Week #33 – Process Differences

As I wrote in my last post a week ago I had split the films I brougth back from a short vacation in Italy and had sent two of them to a professional lab for development and scanning. It was a 35mm Fuji Velvia 50 slide-film (which I am unable to develop at home anyway) and one of two 120mm Kodak Ektar 100 films (the other one done at home with the Tetenal C-41-kit).

The idea was to compare the results and try to improve home development.

I received the files yesterday and I must say I´m blown away. The results are worlds away from what I do at home. Ok, it is not fair to compare home developed Kodak 200 negative film to a Velvia 50, but at least concerning sharpness and color the differences are far bigger than they should be. Next thing I will try is to scan the slides by myself to find out if my biggest mistakes are made during development or scanning.

So here are some more Italian impressions, this time directly from the lab.


Nion EM, 1.8/50 Series E, Fuji Velvia 50 //  Ilford Craftsman, Kodak Ektar 100

5 thoughts on “Week #33 – Process Differences

  1. Beautiful shots. They remind me of my childhood. We spent almost every year in Bardolino at Lago di Garda. And yes, scanning is difficult to master and time consuming. I’ve given up on scanning C41 and I send it out to a lab these days.

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  2. Hi ! Very beautiful, great photographs. I have shot some colour film (portra 400) with my Leica, and have had the film processed and scanned in the three different professional / semi-pro labs in Paris. The colours in the scans came back different each time, the last one being the best (you can seen the colours in my post ‘kyoto in colour’)! Your lab looks fine, not like the first two I tried :-).

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  3. Just beautiful! Been to Italy also this August, Campania (Naples, Salerno, Amalfi coast, Capri), and yes, I gave up long ago developing colour film home, so from this journey the Velvia and Lomochrome I made there are in the lab this very moment… 🙂

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