October 2018

Mini Lab Help.com is now in the final stages of being handed over to new owners.

We would like to thank everyone for the support over many years and we wish the new owners all of the best to drive this web site for another 20 years. 

A sad time to say goodbye, but also a happy days as this site goes in a new direction.

Goodbye - Neil Taylor 

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  1. lagovistafilmlab

    T15F scratching film

    There's enough used T15s in warehouses around the USA to supply used parts until the year 2100, but it's nice to get new when possible. No joke literally hundreds if not thousands of them sitting in storage.
  2. lagovistafilmlab

    T15F scratching film

    I have an account with Noritsu, parts are ordered. Every iffy looking roller and new crossovers. You could build a T15 from scratch just from the parts book nothing is discontinued. The white is from Noritsu Digital Masking, when it gets confused it makes it white so you can see it to fix it manually. It will do the same to dust if it can't match the surrounding area. I scanned film not run through the squeegee and known good film that was previously processed and there's no line. I ruled out the scanner first. You can see the line on the negatives that run through the squeegee. I'll post a picture of the damaged roller.
  3. lagovistafilmlab

    T15F scratching film

    I take that back. I ran a couple more rolls with the dryer, without the dryer, with the squeegee rack, without, etc. It's the squeegee rack. I can put my finger inside and roller A085322-00 is toast.
  4. lagovistafilmlab

    T15F scratching film

    After a lot of testing and cleaning, it appears to be in the dryer. Film not run through the dryer doesn't have lines. I cleaned the dryer but the foam inlet roller is in bad shape which i suspect is the cause. Where could I order one of those in the USA?
  5. lagovistafilmlab

    T15F scratching film

    It's a T15F, one scratch going down the middle on the emulsion side (not always solid going across but always in the same place) you can barely see it below. I took all the racks apart and cleaned them spotless. The crossovers I'll soak in bleach I can't get behind the rollers to check, and as others have said just spend a couple rolls of film and inspect after it leaves each section. I've been down since Saturday and work is piling up i'm stressing!
  6. lagovistafilmlab

    T15F scratching film

    Started Saturday, the machine is randomly putting what is basically a microscopic scratch down the center of the film (skips around). I can't even see it on the negatives with the human eye, but scanning? You'll get a nice random 1-2 pixel wide white line down the center of the picture. I took apart and cleaned the racks (totally took them apart), cleaned the whole wet side figured I'd get it. Nope. Tomorrow I'll have to take apart the dryer and loader. Any insight?