Re: Kodachrome Quality: Dwayne's vs Switzerland

From: Gail Mentlik (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jun 22 2006 - 09:45:32 PDT

In terms of the Super 8 Kodachrome you got processed at Dwayne's, how
did the colors look; were they consistently saturated/rich?


-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Paul Rosenthal <email suppressed>
To: email suppressed
Sent: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 08:53:19 -0700
Subject: Kodachrome Quality: Dwayne's vs Switzerland

    I stopped sending my Kodachrome to Kodak in Switzerland many many
years ago because the blue marks and random scratches were even worse
than Kodak's Dallas facility. I've sent dozens of rolls to Dwaynes and
never had a problem in any way. Even when I was living abroad for 2
years, there was never a single snafu with the shipping and handling. I
always found their customer service quite exceptional. Don't know if
Jenny is still working there, but she was always very accomodating. 
  Of note: often when I ordered super 8 stock from Widescreen in London,
the cartridges would have registration problems. Something to do with
the core, which made audible grinding noises. It was the darndest
thing. Never happened before or since. Don't know if the stock we get
in America is being made in France or not. Maybe it was just a random
bad batch. 
  Anyhow, as I've basically been off list for 3 years, I don't know if
the Super 8 Precision Pressure Plate has been mentioned before. It
purports to reduce registration issues as the primary reason for
reduced sharpness is the cartridge's lack of adequate pressure against
the camera's film gate. They cost a cool $150, but I've purchased one
and am currently testing it. You can purchase one from Steve Osbourne
of The Reel Image: email suppressed 
 Check it out:
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