Edited by James Steven Beverly, 22 December 2007 - 12:22 AM.
Here's a wild idea, I wonder if the labs in Mexico are any cheaper?
Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:21 AM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 02:53 AM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:41 AM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:00 AM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:28 PM
Reliable shipping to/from Mexico could be an issue. If the lab is close enough to drive it then that might be an option.
Not necessarily, if you ship insured DHL /UPS/ FED EX. The Mexican mail system is notoriously bad, granted. But private courier companies should be fine. As long as the film doesn't go through X-RAY, things should be peachy.
I personally don't like the idea of sending film across international borders without supervision. Hell, even carrying my own film makes it sketchy sometimes trying to bypass X-RAY machines. But I am sure things would be OK, should the right conditions arise. Then again, I probably wouldn't chance it. Peace of mind being priceless.
Quote: "When I was in film school a long time ago we had a guest speaker from the film Romancing the Stone come and speak at our college. They claimed that no matter how hard they tried to get the Mexican lab to maintain clean processing, after just a couple of days the quality of the processing work would start to diminish. So that was then, who knows about now?"
Well, I have had that problem with US labs as well. And I know of a US production that lost 1/3 of their camera original to DuArt's incredible incompetence in processing. So, things can go wrong anywhere. But one may have an easier time going after a lab in the US. I lived in Mexico for 20 years, lawsuits are a lot harder to bring to good end down there. Should one find a good Mexican lab (they certainly exist) and do some test runs, then things may be OK. Like I said I probably wouldn't chance it, too many things could go wrong going across the borders back and forth. If you lived in Mexico and spoke Spanish, well, things would be different.
Edited by saulie rodgar, 03 January 2008 - 02:29 PM.