So I dusted off my Canon A1 (bought just after I left University), changed the battery, found where to add a little oil to reduce the shutter twang and went off to shoot some film for the first time in about 15 years.
Having shot a roll each of colour and black and white I spent a while researching film processors before deciding on Ag Photolab.
The films were picked up at the Post Box around the corner at 5pm Thursday, I got an e-mail at 10am Friday saying they had the films and at 10am Saturday the Postman was handing me a small package containing two sets of processed negs, two CDs with 6MP scans (with index prints on the covers) and a set of prints from the B+W film. Just wow.
The scans seem pretty good (they are sharp) but without testing further I can't tell whether they have the full DR of the negs. (I do really like the B+W ones though.)
Oh and do note they quote 5-6 day turnaround for my type of order, so I suspect I picked a quiet period and got lucky. "Past performance" and all that...
Colour develop + 6MP scans = £8.99
B+W develop + 6MP scans + 6x4 prints = £14.95
Freepost to them plus 1st class return post = £2.88
Does anyone else have a favourite processor, or a warning against anyone...
P.P.S. BTW I also dug out my Coolpix 950, last used in 2003 (my second digital camera - I sold the previous one, a Coolpix 900, to help pay for it) and after much cleaning of battery gunk from the contacts shot some 1600x1200 images with that too (including using the amazing fisheye adaptor). Oh and the 5Dsr for comparison with the film, so not an entirely retro time.
I still have my Dad's old Rolei TLR somewhere, but it wasn't where I thought it was so I'm a bit uncertain where (I did find the leather case, but converting it into a camera seems too much of a reach). I also need to get it fixed when I do find it, as IIRC it has a broken spring somewhere.