I've been dropping my 35mm color film off at Luster in the East Village (Avenue A and 7th) and they do a pretty good job most of the time. I develop and scan my own black and white film, because I'm happier with the results. There's also an almost therapeutic nature to developing and scanning your own film. It's the act of creation from the camera continued I think. And if you have the time and patience, why not do it yourself? I didn't have a 120 reel, so I had Luster develop my first B&W roll of 120 film. Meh, it was okay. They were all pretty low contrast and kind of cloudy. I was kind of bummed, but chalked it up to an almost 40 year old camera and lens. Fast forward a few days and I picked up a 120 reel and developed and scanned the second roll at home. I'm much happier with the results. I'm hand holding this heavy camera, so anything under 1/125 is a little blurry; either that or the lens isn't critically sharp. I'm not sure I really care, however. I like the look of these photos. They have an old time vibe to them.
This is the corner of Pearl and Hanover Square in the Financial District
Looking north up Pearl Street towards Wall Street with the Kilarney Rose (I still haven't set foot inside the Rose) on the left
Walking north on the left side of Stone Street
Walking north on the right side of Stone Street
South end of Stone Street looking towards Pearl Street. That's Nu Sushi on the left. I sometimes get sushi there if I'm really lazy. Then after I bitch about the poor quality, Kate reminds me that I should not order inferior sushi just for the sake of convenience. She's right of course...
One of the 60 pianos placed in NYC as part of the "Play Me, I'm Yours" campaign.
Are these shots or this camera perfect? No, not even close. But I like the warts and imperfections. I'll adjust my development times a bit to get more contrast and I'll certainly get better at shooting with this heavy camera. I *might* even use a tripod. But that's probably just crazy talk.