…Long live Medium Format.
These were taken some time ago on my (sniff…sniff…) Hasselblad.
I just got the files back from TheFindLab today.
I wanted something a little closer (and a little more cost effective…) than RPL.
Unfortunately, the results are fantastic.
The problem is, it cost me $19.10 to ship five rolls. Including developing and scanning (still very reasonable for the job they do…) these photos worked out to about $1.40 CAD–each (film extra). If you take out missed shots, the cost rises slightly.
As much as I loved shooting these (and getting them back!) Medium Format has really become untenable for me. And so, the Hasselblad has since left me.
At this point, it is either develop and scan your own B&W (then spend hours picking dust and cleaning files…) or develop and scan your own color, and put up with less-than-satisfactory sharpness and color balance. Shipping them off to be processed by these wizards is just not a viable long-term option (especially from Canada). For one: the cost is exorbitant; and two, the shipping hassle and turnaround time is just a real pain.
And so, I shall miss thee, Hasselblad.
(No really…I shall. I miss thee already and want thee back…)
I am looking on the forums for another, um, of thee…
(Now the trick will be to follow my own advice…)
Because the question will inevitably come: (RPL, TheFindLab…if you’re listening…PLEASE!!) what these places all need is a four-roll prefab box for shipping. Prepaid. No standing in line at the post-office…no address labels to print…no customs forms to fill out…nothing.
You fire your four rolls of 120 into the little box, and seal it up with your little tag. You drop it in the mailbox…and ba-zam! There your files are four days later.
I would actually pay extra for that convenience–Any outfit that comes up with such an arrangement would definitely have me back in Hassy.
But alas…I know ’tis but a dream.