As far as I know stateside, it's just Yale, Pro8mm, Spectra and CineLab that do Super 8. Anywhere else that claims to ships it to one of these places. There is Niagara Lab just across the border though. Mono No Aware is slowly progressing on setting up a lab in NYC. As far as 16mm, there are tons of labs still. But I always use CineLab as it's the cheapest I believe and fasted for me on the east coast. Plus I have Gamma Ray Digital scan all my stuff which is in the same region. Spectra is good but also they don't include leader/prep which adds some cost.
When I asked Spectra about the Plus-X they said:
We can develop the older PlusX or Foma using our gentle BW chemical formulation. However, you must still pay for developing regardless of results with no image guarantee. We can only guarantee our best effort!
And you've seen the results! So pretty great! Not sure if the rest of the Tri-X will be that rough. I shot another cart this weekend.
For your tests, do what I did and shoot it all on one cartridge. I "slated" each shot with a notepad with the camera and any settings of note like filter and fps and then shot the exact same 15 second scenes more or less with about 5 different cameras. Worked great and could easily compare the different cameras on one reel.
I think CineLab minimums are like 2-3 carts now so nothing insane but Robert would have to confirm that. Apparently a new updated site is in the works but it has been for a while haha.
Edited by Nick Collingwood, 24 January 2018 - 01:50 PM.