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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 08:29 PM
I mean really, what a fricking scam!

Oh, and this script word filter thing is a pain in the ***, why not tell the public you're making changes rather then just letting us assume you've borked up the board again. It's almost as bad as being under the assumption that paying for "1 hour" photo means you can pick up your photos in 1 hour rather then 4.

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 08:29 PM
I mean really, what a fricking scam!

Oh, and this script word filter thing is a pain in the ***, why not tell the public you're making changes rather then just letting us assume you've borked up the board again. It's almost as bad as being under the assumption that paying for "1 hour" photo means you can pick up your photos in 1 hour rather then 4.

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 08:34 PM
Same thing as 3 weeks delivery takes a month and a half /i/smilies/16x16_robot-mad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 08:47 PM
R_Mutt wrote:
- Oh, and this script word filter thing is a pain in
- the ***, why not tell the public you're making
- changes rather then just letting us assume you've
- borked up the board again.



Seems to be fairly random Mutt, my script just recently became allowed after about 36 hours of prohibition.

Yours will probably come back, eventually.

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 09:03 PM
4 Hour Photo, doesn't sound good.

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 09:05 PM
shouldn't it be like 4 times cheaper though?

I was grilling the cashier on this but she wasn't to enthused to go along with me on the downfall of the "1 hour" photo developing.

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 09:10 PM
You don't find the smartest people working at 1 Hour Photo../i/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 10:21 PM
Kind of like why the drive-thru at Burger King takes twice as long as walking inside and getting your stuff.

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 10:36 PM
Oh...that explains it all...no wonder you`v been gone for over a month /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 10:37 PM
Hell, the guy at the post office told me in all seriousness that "next day delivery" doesn't actually mean it's GOING to be there the VERY NEXT DAY--it's just a kind of target they shoot for. All your extra money buys you is, in effect, a vague promise that they'll really try to get it there as soon as they can.

Just another manifestation of the values of our time. Like your four-hour one-hour photos.

Or "31 flyable WWII aircraft" that turns out to mean--no, no, better not go there right now. This one is going to get locked fast enough as it is.

I, by the way, BTL.

XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 10:41 PM
Heya Crazy, guardian of the hallowed blue artificial skys /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 10:43 PM
Hey hey long lost guardian of my 6 /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Regards,
VFC*Crazyivan

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 10:56 PM
Blind_Joe_Death wrote:
- I, by the way, BTL.

IbtwBTL???

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XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 11:27 PM
How many rolls of film are you bringing in at once? If you're bringing in half a dozen rolls at the same time, it's fair to allow extra time for the whole batch.

Let's say you go to a one hour photo lab that is solely a minilab that is one of those camera shops. They usually have a tecnician that does nothing but run the minilab and can stay on top of production. Then again, he may be responsible for selling cameras or running a digital scanner or some other secondary duty. Drug stores and similar stores can be even worse, with the techs having to run cash registers or helping customers find Preparation H or toothpaste. One-hour photo minilabs are more seen as a sideline for many businesses than a real job. Which gets to reason #2:

Many places hire cheap labor with little concern for experience. I like to ask techs how their printing machine works. Usually the answer is similar to, "I push this button and the machine does the rest. Some guy comes in once a month to change the chemicals." I used to take my stuff to one hour places because I felt that if I didn't like the pictures I could get reprints on the spot to get better quality. I soon found out that techs had no idea how to make a picture darker or lighter, or less magenta or more cyan. Most didn't even understand that it has something to do with the duration and intensity of the light being pumped through your negative onto light sensitive paper ... As I said, Cheap Labor + Automation = Cash Cow to many businesses that really don't have much stake or reputation in photograpy as an art.

Reason #3 is that quantity of workorders ahead of you dictates the ability to get your film in and out within 60 minutes from the time you drop off the film. There are mechanical considerations, like how long it takes for a roll of unprocessed film to travel through its various chemical baths (all critically timed) before it is a finished negative. A typical process for 35mm color negative film involves it running through color developer, bleach-fix and stabilizer chemical baths, a rinse or wash, and a dryer. Total time for the processor I used to run was about 12 minutes. We could run two rolls of film side-by-side. The next roll(s) could be loaded as soon as the last bit of film from the preceding cartridges had been cut from the cartridge and fully protected in the light-free confines of the machine's interior. So with my machine, if you gave me four rolls of film the fastest I could make all of them into finished negatives is 24 minutes ...

But we all know that the negatives are not the pictures. To make your prints, each negative on the strip has to moved into place under a lamp where light is beamed through the negative onto light sensitve paper below. The paper is usually on a roll. The exposed piece is cut free and sent through several chemical baths and a then dryer, just like the strip of film was earlier. It comes out the other end of the machine 10 or 12 minutes later. Meanwhile the technician is cutting your negatives into smaller pieces and sleeving them, accounting for materials used, and filing your pictures for your return.

XyZspineZyX
06-23-2003, 11:29 PM
R_Mutt wrote:
- Why Does "1 Hour" Photo Development Take 4 Hours?

Because 1 Hour photomats are way undermodeled and won't be fixed until the patch. You photowhiners just have to be patient.

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XyZspineZyX
06-24-2003, 11:51 PM
I used to work for a Photostudio in Amsterdam, and they opened up a 1 hour service. And really, if you have the equipment setup good enough its not that hard to get the photo's done in an hour. If, however, for whatever reason there is a storm of customers they will know when the films are accepted that it may take a little longer than an hour.

If for whatever reason it does take longer, usually free films etc. are included. But really ... its not that difficult to get it right. Hell, if I can do it, then anyone can!

What amazes me are the films ppl dare to turn in. Do you guys don't realize that we actually SEE the pics when we develop them???

Anyway, I spare you guys the details ... Tho I can tell you one thing, it had nothing to do with planes /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif (just like this topic lol)


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XyZspineZyX
06-25-2003, 03:06 AM
I submit, that it only takes you one hour to make the photo/photos and that is the reference. I am a professional photographer and can attest to this. The rest, is in the hands of the gods, and how many rolls of party/children/holiday/crap photos that must be run through the processor to achieve the "diabolical" result.

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