Fall 2017 Lab Update

Film Scanner

The summer has proven to be a flurry of activity for us here at BFL. We are excited to watch the film community grow and prosper.  As we head into the fall season we wanted to share an update on what’s new and what’s changing.


We are excited to welcome a new scanner to our stable.  While BFL has historically been a Fuji Frontier shop, we can’t deny the versatility and resolution power of the Noritsu HS-1800.  This is a much faster scanner so the efficiency gains will help to keep turnaround times consistent or better than the industry standard.  We hope to improve turnaround times on Basic scans to 3-4 business days in the short term.  This will also allow us to add larger scan sizes for special projects that demand very high resolution.


Due to the addition of the Noritsu scanner, we are launching an X-Large scan size on October 9th.  Normal and Large will still be the only sizes available on the Frontier, while Normal, Large and X-Large will be available on the Noritsu.  We have also renamed the sizes to better reflect how they can be printed at various aspect ratios, eg. (from Normal (8×10) to Normal (8″).  Despite the name, note that Normal scans will actually print up to 10″ on the short side (@ 300dpi) with the exception of 35mm which is ideally printed at 8″ on the short side.


Due to increased costs we had to make the hard decision to increase prices on some items.  Overall, we are still at or below market average across the board.  In summary C-41 Basic Scans and B&W increased $1, and C-41 Premium Scans increased an average of  $3 (although in some cases there was no increase).  New pricing will take effect on October 9th, 2017.


We are excited to announce a partnership with a negative archival service via The Film Hound.  In the coming weeks, we will be adding this service to our online ordering system so that you may select to have your negatives archived with them immediately after they are scanned.  We feel that this will be a great service for those who don’t have time to sleeve and archive their film.


Prints are here!  Prints are here!  We are also excited to announce a partnership with Musea Lab to offer Lustre prints up to 8″ x 12″.  These will be available to order with each roll of film or also available separately.  Look for more info on this coming soon.

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