I've just found out that there's only one, ONE, Scala lab left in North America. Agfa stopped making both the film and the chemistry and as stocks ran out, labs stopped processing the film. My lab in Toronto kept going as long as they could but even they stopped about a year ago. I've still got a bunch of the stuff in my freezer. I LOVE this film. I'm going to lobby to change the name of the Paul Simon song - 'mama don't take my Sca-aaa-aaala away'
Thanks Don. I know about DR5. 2500 miles is a long way to send film. Their process involves a staining step that imparts a slight sepia colour cast to the film. Not sure I want that on everything. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's not an option or one that I won't try, just saying it may not be my first choice.
Thanks Bruce. I had the Ilford link saved from a while ago. The other one on chemical reversal is new for me. Some claim the light reversal process is not as good (DR5 being one). Not having done either myself I can't vouch for which, if either, is better. Both are definitely a bit tricky I'd think but it might be interesting to have a go and see what the results are. Setting up a small, 12" fluorescent lamp in my darkroom wouldn't be too difficult.
Well, perhaps it's not quite a tragedy, or only a partial tragedy. There's still only "authorised" lab left doing Scala but the film is still being made. From what I can find out, AgfaPhoto, which took on the photo side of Agfa's business when they reorganised a few years ago, either went gams up itself has reorganised or was taken over by Lupus Imaging Media. They are still manufacturing Scala but apparently are concentrating distribution in Europe and parts of the eastern hemisphere. Doesn't do a lot for us here in N.A. unfortunately. We may have to rely on B&H and Adorama to import themselves.
I'm curious to know why anybody would want b/w reversal film except for projection. I tried the stuff when it first came out and said, "OK it b/w reversal film, so what".
Seriously, if that is what you need, several labs can do b/w reversal processing from both TMX and TriX400 with no particular problem. I was an EK professional motionpicture licensed lab general manager and cranked out thousands of feet of 16mm & 35mm b/w reversal film a week in addition to tens of thousands of feet of color negative and color reversal film weekly. If you decide to get b/w reversal processing for your films, be sure to get instructions from you lab, you will need to alter the exposure.
I guess I'd like to know what is special about Scala since you love it and I just said OK if you like it. I'm not being a wise guy, I really would like to hear these opinions, I have 6 decades of experience and am a photo professor, but like to learn what I can to use or pass along.
In the meantime, I shoot D100, TMX, Acros, PXP, and TMY for b/w (I don't like digital for b/w), process it, scan it, and print it on Epson Ink Jet machines. In color I mostly do digital image capture but in some instances still use color films.