Shoot film not pixels (this time)
This week I finished a black and white film and got it developed. I had shot the film which was HP Ilford HP5 Plus, iso400 - through my Canon 1000fn, using the old kit lens and my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. I think I have had this film in the camera for a couple of months but this was the first roll of black and white film that I have shot. So I was trying to remember that when looking for possible shots, I didn’t remember each time but thats part of the fun.
Getting the film developed
Once I had finished the roll I had thought where to get it developed and my options were Snappy Snaps in Angel London, where I had been before, or go to Bayeux - Tottenham Court Road London a professional printers, where I hadn’t been before! I had heard great reviews about Bayeux, mainly from the Negative Feedback guys. I thought seeing as I don’t get film developed that often to pay the extra and go to Bayeux.
I went there on Monday afternoon, where I gave over the film. Set up an account and made my order to have the film processed with images being emailed to me and prints 5x7 produced with a white border and a matt finish. It felt professional from the off the actual shop front is slick and the staff were helpful. So I paid my £43, yes this is expensive quite a bit more than the £15 or so that Snappy Snaps charge.
Two days later, I got the email letting me know that the film had been processed. This was quickly followed by the email with a WeTransfer link that contained the images. I cycled from my office in Clerkenwell to Bayeux on Newman Street. Once home I looked at the prints and instantly could see and feel the quality, they are ready to go on the wall quality. It wasn’t until a few hours later looking at them again I noticed that 7 images were missing. I had all of them digitally but not all of the prints. I sent an email to Terry at Bayeux. He replied the next morning and said he would do a reprint for me. After a few emails going back and forth Terry said he would get the full reprint to me this afternoon. And yes I got the full (36 shots) reprint hand delivered to me at my office. What great service this was, totally redeemed themselves. It was a really nice touch and showing my friends and family the prints, all of who have been impressed.
On reflection I can’t see myself going back to Snappy Snaps, I think if you shoot film and get prints or just the digital copies the quality from Bayeux is second to none. Now that I’ve experienced it I don’t think I will want to scrimp on quality again. I also don’t mind paying this much as I’m paying experts to do a job, and Bayeux are an independent professional lab. People / shops like these should be treasured and invested in, they allow film photography to continue to be great.
Finally I know I am not the only person that thinks this way, as I mentioned before. The guys at Negative Feedback use Bayeux and have made a video featuring them.