Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/09/02

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Subject: [Leica] local lab closes - digital rant
From: faneuil at (Eric Korenman)
Date: Sat Sep 2 11:10:52 2006
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It was pro wet lab that went to digital printing 3 years ago. Most of their
work right up to the end was consumers bringing in compact flash and SD

Problem was peole would walk in with 987 photos from their Italy trip and
not know what to do next - print them all or just forget about it and look
at the pics on computer.

I am just as much to blame - I used them mostly for developing only.
I've been scanning all my film since 2000

still very sad to see high quality  mom & pop businesses go.


On 9/2/06, Don Dory <> wrote:
> Eric,
> It was a pro "wet" lab.  Almost every pro is shooting digital so no
> revenue
> there.  In the wedding business on the low end the bride gets a couple of
> CD's and on the high end some really beautiful custom books printed in
> Italy.  In the wedding business the days of the proof book are over; the
> proofs are online and if you want one you pay for it.
> Cataloge work is all digital.  Fashion is almost all digital so no rush
> E-6
> orders with snip tests and push/pull 1/3 stop requests.
> Several of my good friends own/work at E-6 labs here in Atlanta.  They are
> staying afloat by casting their nets much wider, starting custom B/W work
> and doing custom C-41 work for pro's and amatuers but the key word is
> afloat.  And it helps that long ago the owner set up a custom lab just for
> digital work.
> Don
> On 9/1/06, Eric Korenman <> wrote:
> >
> > Here in Pittsfield, MA the local family run pro photolab "Sunhine"
> > announced
> > that it is closing its doors after 24 years.
> > Another victim of the digital era, Walmart crap prints, and decline in
> > Wedding and event photography.
> > Very very sad. I could always count on them for top processing, prints
> and
> > "dum-dum" lollipops.
> >
> > We as a culture continue to accept more for less -- but fail to see the
> > sacrifice in quality.
> >
> > Eric
> >
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