120processing FAQ

Who are you people?
How much does all of this cost?
How long does it take?
Great! I’m sold! Now what do I do?
What’s the difference between “Basic Scans” and “High Res Scans”?
What do the prints look like?
Is it possible to track my film after i send it to you?
Do you offer other services?
Can I push/pull film?
Do you make contact sheets?
Do you process 220 film?
Do you process other film formats?
Do you process E-6 film as E-6(to get slides or transparencies)?

Who are you people?
120processing.com is the medium-format specialty site of Photosmith Imaging, an independent lab that’s been making photos in Dover, NH for over thirty years. We still believe in film, and we made this site to reach people all across the country who feel the same way. We’re a full-service lab, so if you have photo needs beyond 120 processing, please check out our main site at www.photosmithimaging.com or our second mail-order site at OldSchoolPhotoLab.com. We’re used to handling orders individually, and we’d love to help you!

How much does all of this cost?
$11 will develop almost any roll of 120 film, any way you choose (color, black and white, cross-processing, redscale). That price also includes all shipping within the United States. Beyond the $11 base price, you can add whatever options you like:
Add Basic Scans with free upload: $5/roll
Add Basic Scans, 4×6 prints, and FREE upload: $7/roll
Add Basic Scans, 5×5 prints, and FREE upload: $10/roll
Upgrade from Basic to High Res Scans: add $7/roll to any of the above services.
Add Archive CD/DVD: $3/roll

How long does it take?

  • Most film makes it through the lab in 3-5 days.
  • We process and print film daily Monday through Friday.
  • When finished, we will send your film back to you via the USPS as First Class Mail at no charge. If you supply your e-mail address we will send you a notification when your order ships!
  • The postal service can be a little unpredictable, so we can not state a firm turnaround time including shipping. (Usually adds 5-7 days total.)

We value your trust in our service, and try very hard to maintain our shipping schedule.

Great! I’m sold! Now what do I do?
We’re glad you asked!
1. Find a padded envelope/mailer
2. Order your services using our online ordering system
3. If you’re using our prepaid label, print it out
4. Tape the label to the outside of your envelope and enclose the film and the order form together. Make sure your film is tightly wound around its spool.
5. Unless you have more than ten rolls of film, you can just drop the envelope in a mailbox (no trip to the Post Office necessary!)
6. We’ll send your film back to you at the address you provide. (Make sure to let us know if you want us to include new film!)

What’s the difference between “basic scans” and “high res scans”?
Basic Scans:

  • 6×6 square format images will be scanned as 5″ x 5″ @ 300 dpi (1500x1500px)
  • 6×4.5 will be scanned as 4.5″ x 6″ @ 300dpi (1350x1800px)

High Res Scans:

  • 6×6 square format images will be scanned as 10″ x 10″ @ 300 dpi (3000x3000px)
  • 6×4.5 will be scanned as 10″ x 13″ @ 300dpi (3000x4000px)

The scanner we use is an extremely high quality machine from Fuji – part of the Fuji Frontier lab package – and it yields an image whose quality far exceeds most scanners on the market. We have printed images up to 24″ wide from our high resolution scans without a noticbale loss of quality.

What do the prints look like?
This depends on two factors: the ‘canvas’ you choose (i.e. the size of the piece of photographic paper that your image is printed on) and the ratio with which your camera captures images. In general, we print your images on either 4×6 or 5×5 canvases. We can do this with or without borders, but the precise dimensions of your image on the canvas will vary with your camera.

If you are not sure about the ratio of your camera’s images, we suggest you order 4×6 prints for your first set. We’ll print the complete image on the 4×6 canvas for you, and you will be able to see the dimensions of the images your camera captures. Below are an example of a square image and a square image on a 4×6.

4x6_No Crop 5x5_Sample

Is it possible to track my film after I send it to you?
Of course! We ship your film back a sturdy mailer via USPS First Class mail. You’ll receive an automated email with your tracking info. If you have not received your film back within ten days of receiving the shipping notification, please call us at 603-742-6659 or e-mail at 120processing@gmail.com

Do you offer any other services (reprints, enlargements, E-6 developing, etc.)
Absolutely. For film processing, negative scans, or reprint/enlargements from film head over to OldSchoolPhotoLab.com, our other mail order website. For prints from digital files you can go to PhotosmithImaging.com

Can you push/pull process my film?
Yes! Just check the box on the order form(cost an extra $2 for each stop)

Do you make contact sheets?
Not at the moment, but if you get your film scanned you get a set of index prints (1/2″ x 5/8″ thumbnails). We might start offering it somewhere down the line, so keep checking!

Do you process 220 film?
Yes… but… not through 120processing.com. You will have to head over toOldShoolPhotoLab.com for that order form.

Do you process other film formats?
Yes! Go to OldSchoolPhotoLab.com to view our other services. AtOldSchoolPhotoLab.com we have information for developing 35mm, APS, 110, and a bunch of other formats!

Do you process E-6 film as E-6 (to get slides or transparencies)?
Yes! Go to OldSchoolPhotoLab.com to view our other services. AtOldSchoolPhotoLab.com we have information for developing, scanning and printing images from E-6 film.