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I was in Walgreens Pharmacy today and they told me that the much anticipated new machine is finally coming in a few days. Their machine was always breaking so this has been a long time coming and everyone is happy…except for one thing: The new machine is print only from digi files and they will not longer be able to develop film. I am so frigging bummed!!!!

The thing is, there is one other local place that will develop film and that is CVS pharmacy. The CVS is in a grubby old store front near downtown so I always hate to go in there… and also the people are not very friendly.

So even though Walgreens is more expensive, I prefer to take my film there because everyone is so nice and they know exactly what I want, develop only and do not cut the negatives. But the single biggest reason was that the Walgreens people do not care if I want to have slide film developed xpro and that is where the current problem lies. CVS is VERY picky and they refuse to do my slide film because they say it contaminates their chemicals. Grrrrr.

So now everytime I want my slide film done I’m going to have to send it out which will be more expensive and more of a hassle. And CN film will now have to go to CVS or get sent out.

I’m disgusted. A plague on the Digital Zombies. :(

written by clickiemcpete on 2011-10-15


  1. lereile
    lereile ·

    oh, i'm so sorry!! and mad!!! now i live in barcelona, bic city but not for long (hope so), so i think i'll find myself in the same place when i move to a smaller town.. shit!

  2. trw
    trw ·

    I feel your pain! Even though I'm just outside LA, none of the local labs will cross process for me or will even process E-6 period. I wish I lived closer to the Lomography shop in LA since they would solve all my developing problems! ;-) All of my slide film has to be sent out and requires a wait. It's expensive too. Maybe one of our fellow lomographers will come up with a good solution to the problem of constantly closing labs.

  3. tracyvmoore
    tracyvmoore ·

    hey buddy...sorry for your loss. that totally bites. i went through a similar thing here when my local Kits camera closed. they were the most awesome people and totally took care of me. since then, I have found a couple of other sources that have turned out amazing. are you near any of these towns?
    West Springfield

    They all have Costco's and at least our Costco's here by Seattle are super cheap...and actually do an amazing job with xpro. I think it is $1.59 to develop a roll...and about the same to have them put on a cd. I have been to three different ones and twice, I had to explain to them that I don't want my slide film mailed out for slides...but just want prints made...and one of those times, I had them call my normal Costco lab guys and that was all it took to get them up and running. If costco is an option for you and you want to be armed with names of my guys and their number just let me know and I will get it to you.

    The other suggestion I have is Ritz camera....or any of their other named stores (Wolf, Camera World, etc.) Not sure if there are any close to is on in Cambridge: Cambridgeside Galleria
    100 Cambridgeside Place
    Cambridge, MA. 2141

    If you can find one of their stores close to you...they do a great job with xpro as well. The manager of the store that I loved and that closed, moved to Maryland, but she is here on Lomo (gigglysprout) and her hubby is like the eastern manager for all Kits (Ritz) they might be able to hook you up with a store as well. Good luck with everything. hate to see anything get in the way of your amazing work ;)......tracy

  4. grazie
    grazie ·

    I'm so sorry to hear about this Peter :(

  5. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Well, thanks for the nice comments. I do have a great photo store 30 minutes from here and that's where I bring certain films right now. It's just that they send it out so I then have to drive back to pick up the film, so it's two hours of driving and 1-3 weeks of wait time depending on film type. One week for CN, 2 weeks for E-6 and often 3 weeks for B&W.

  6. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    I should add that I do use Lomolabs fairly often too and have had great results with them. When you consider all the driving that it saves me plus the fact that they send you scans and even prints, Lomolabs is definitely the best deal out there of all the options available. The only drawback to them is the wait time. You get spoiled with one hour processing (or at least same day processing) for basic fun CN or Xpro toy camera stuff.

  7. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    That sucks. Is developing them yourself not an option? My local lab has been spoiling me at the moment and doing my dev only in 20 minutes... They'll only do c41 standard development though. It'd be perfect if they did xpro too, but things just aint like that obviously!

  8. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    I didn't have photography in High School as so many people do so I never got to do it. I could certainly learn to develop film myself but with my crazy business schedule I don't have a lot of time...and I'm not too interested in dealing with the chemicals considering all my chemical exposures throughout my working career.

  9. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    Home processing is the way to go for me, for just the reasons you list in the blog. I can get one hour (or less) black and white and no hassles with xpro. The chemicals involved are safe with reasonable precautions and modern C-41 kits for home use aren't nearly so finicky as far as temperature is concerned; for instance the Rollei chemicals develop at 102 F but bleach and fix has a range of 95 to 105 degrees. And as I tell my friends: we're Lomographers...we don't care if we mess up film!

  10. dooby
    dooby ·

    Hey, Clickie, grab yourself a Tetenal C41 kit off eBay, and a Paterson tank. It's easy and so much more satisfying to self develop your film, not to mention a lot cheaper! Holler if you need any pointers...

  11. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    Crazy stuff. I go at a pro lab and they always cross my films. I think if slide film should contaminate the chemicals tehy would'nt do it. I am not allowed to bring in expired sixties and seventies film anymore. Last time the emulsion came loose and that contaminated their chemicals (they had to clean the machine).