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To view a slide before mounting, place the sleeved film on a light table and view through a loupe. [For once I spelled it right.] However, if you use Gepe mounts, they can be opened up and reused, so other than wasting time, there is no penalty for mounting a lame slide. The New Lab has contracts with some photo stores to act as their representatives. http://www.newlab.com/mail/Dealers.html Looks like Novato is as close as they get to your neck of the woods. Incidentally, the lab knocks off $4 if you mount the slide yourself, but the mounts runs around $9 per hundred, so the savings are pennies if you count your time. I'd let the lab mount the slide if they used Gepe, but that isn't an option. > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Sam > A. McCandless > Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 2:27 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: RE: New to the list > > > >One thing to note about slides is that when you store them in an archival > >sheet, the film never touches the sheet since it sits isolated > in the mount. > >This is not the case when you store film in a sleeve. Any dirt > on the film > >will make it's way into the sleeve surface and ultimately could > scratch the > >film when removed from the sleeve. > > > >I mount my own slides, which eliminates the lab from screwing up > that step. > > If you do mount your own, is there a way to review them unmounted > well enough to mount just the ones you think promising? > > > >My latest print film from Custom Process in Berkeley had > freakin' huge water > >spots on two frames. Really PO'd me. The latest E6 from the New > Lab was much > >better, but I detected two small specs of some sort out of 5 rolls > >developed. Generally I never see any artifact from the New Lab, but I > >suspect with the bad economy the company isn't running as tight > of a ship. > >They already dropped Saturday processing. > > And I'm looking for a lab closer to me (in Sonoma)! > > Sam > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.