Got my first roll of film developed

Driving into the donut hole

I dropped my first roll of film off at CVS. It was mostly a test roll to make sure my 35mm camera was working. It is. I also learned that I don’t ever want to go to CVS to get prints again. Why?

  • They didn’t know what dpi their machine scanned in negatives as.
  • Even though they charged me for 1 hour service, when I came back 4 hours after, they had JUST gotten the prints out of the machine.
  • The photo center employees know nothing about what they’re doing.
  • I guess they scan the negatives into a machine at a super low dpi, post-process it for you, and then print it out of the machine at a crappy resolution.

The last point really discourages me from returning to CVS. If they’re going to develop the negatives, scan it into a machine, alter it digitally, and then print it out of the machine at a crappy resolution, I might as well just do that at home.

I think I’m going to have to find somewhere local to get my film developed, and then eventually buy a negatives scanner so I can scan the negatives in myself. It sucks that I’ll need to get a new scanner though. I wanted to use my all-in-one printer/scanner, but the above picture was what came out of a scan and as you can see, the quality of the scanner part of this all-in-one is not so good.

Hello Nikon FE2

Nikon FE2

I’ve been looking for an SLR for a while and when I saw the Craigslist ad, I had to contact the seller. The seller listed this Nikon FE2 with lens and an extra wide-angle lens for a pretty low amount. They realized this after we had agreed to meet the next day to exchange good, but they were willing to sell it to me for a little more than what they had originally asked, which was still a good price.

So now I’m the proud owner of the Nikon FE2 with a lifetime warranty. SWEET. I can’t want to put some film in this guy and test him out. I also acquired a bunch of film developing equipment, but have no idea what to do with it since I don’t want to start developing film at home.