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A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film

B&H # AIMBW
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • For 35mm or 120 Film
  • Traditional Processing
  • Glossy or Matte Finish

A&I mailers are a fast, inexpensive way to have your film processed by one of the nation's top professional labs without leaving your home!  The cost of the mailer service includes normal processing, printing & return shipping; you must add the postage to get it to A&I.

Printing sizes are as follows:
Film Size/Print Size
35mm = 4x6"
6x4.5cm = 4.5x6"
6x6cm = 5x5"
6x7cm = 4.5x6"

Please Note: One roll of film per mailer. Currently requires 3 first class stamps. Check with your local post office for specific mailing rates

Mailing Address
A&I
257 S. Lake Street
Burbank, CA 91502
323-856-5280
818-848-9001

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A&IDevelop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film
 
3.8

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to seal (6)
  • Good tonal range (6)
  • Conceals contents (5)
  • Secure seal (5)
  • Accurate (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (4)
    • Travel (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (9), Enthusiast (4), Professional (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A&I Mailers

    I live in Utah and have used these mailers a bit. I used to live right next to the [...] in Santa Monica and went there all the time. I'm only an...Read complete review

    I live in Utah and have used these mailers a bit. I used to live right next to the [...] in Santa Monica and went there all the time. I'm only an amateur, but as far as I can see the development of the film is first rate. They are pretty good at following directions about pushing/pulling, sleeving slides, etc. They don't just throw all the b+w film into the same vat and average the time like my local lab does. The prints included are only average; they print b+w film on the same fujicolor paper as everyone else does. The developing/proof sheet mailers are a better value and may be a better option for some. The wait times are also excruciating, but it may just be where I live. I'm talking nearly a month to get two rolls back. One day I'll have the time and means to do my own developing and printing but until then....

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A&I B&W mailers

    I wanted an easy, fast way to get proofs. The prints are ok; skies are printed down showing tones, which I like. I sent 2 mailers in at the same time, one...Read complete review

    I wanted an easy, fast way to get proofs. The prints are ok; skies are printed down showing tones, which I like. I sent 2 mailers in at the same time, one was back in two weeks, the other took a month. This may well have been caused by the postal service.I also requested full frame proofs, the first roll did not have this done. [...]

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    1.0

    No more analog contact sheets from A&I

    By B&W photographer

    from Ithaca, NY

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          Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

          I used to have A&I develop my b&w film and make real contact sheets. After sending a job to them recently, I learned that they do not make real contact sheets anymore. They only scan the negatives and make a digital contact from the scans. Very disappointing. I won't be using them for b&w anymore.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          1.0

          Could be better

          By Marty

          from Newark, NJ

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                Lost first film, second took forever (5 weeks!) but was very well done.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                1.0

                DO NOT USE A&I

                By Unhappy Customer of A&I

                from East Coast USA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Customer Service Not Help
                  • No Response To Emails
                  • They Lose Film

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                    When they get around to actually doing the processing, it is very well done. BUT expect to wait 4 to 6 weeks IF they don't lose the film. They have now lost 2 consecutive rolls.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    A&I Mailers

                    By Maj Dad

                    from Sumter, SC

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                          Excellent work, fast turnaround, reasonable price - hard to beat.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          What to do?

                          By Biker Mike

                          from Inland Empire, California

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Conceals contents
                          • Easy To Seal
                          • Secure Seal
                          • Well Constructed

                          Cons

                          • Too small

                          Best Uses

                          • Mail and forget

                          Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                          It is amazing in these digital picture days that you can still find a color developer of film, much less a black and white one. Today is Tuesday April 24th, 2012. Last Friday I called on the status of my three B/W orders I sent in about April 5th and the person I talked with said some machine was down. When I mentioned the actual date it was sent in, that seemed to shock her. She said she would call back Monday the 23rd. I did not receive her call, but did get back one of my three orders on Saturday the 21st. Before my call-about 4 days before-I had sent an email to the appropriate address. Still no response to that. I sent in two rolls of color film; that should be easier to process, right? That has been a week already.
                          Now, the product I got back on Saturday was to my liking. CD, cover for my negatives, prints. No problem in the outcome, just the time and organization.

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                          • Personal

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                          2.0

                          Poor Print Quality

                          By geotech

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Conceals contents
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Seal

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                              I don't understand how there are so many good reviews for this product. I've used this specific mailer 5 times and the results are increasingly bad. Maybe I'm too demanding but, I believe the quality should be much better than prints from low res scans for this price. The scans aren't even clean. I was expecting professional prints for this price. I would have given 1 star but I gave them 2 because they do a nice job of packaging your prints. There is no chance of damage. I most likely won't ever use these mailers again.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Excellent processing

                              By nickbiker

                              from Nashville, TN

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Seal
                              • Secure Seal

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Odd-Sized Letters

                                Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                I just got a roll of Tri-X and a roll of Plux-X back from A&I. Both were well-exposed and well-printed. They also came with a CD so that I can work with the pictures in my digital imaging software.

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                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Excellent service

                                By Luis

                                from Pennsylvania

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Seal
                                • Secure Seal

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                    Purchased 1 mailer to test the service and quality of the finished product; aside from the 2-week or so turn around time (which I assume is mostly because of the postal system), the quality of the work is superb.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Mailer

                                    By Ty Bookman

                                    from CA

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Conceals contents
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Seal
                                    • Secure Seal
                                    • Well Constructed

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                        I have used A&I mailers when I want great results. I take a while to see the results; up to a couple of weeks even though I only 60 miles away. But I must say that the prints I get in return are wonderful.

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                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        Hooray for A & I

                                        By dogwalker

                                        from Hayward, CA

                                        About Me Value Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Conceals contents
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Seal
                                        • Secure Seal
                                        • Well Constructed

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday Mailing

                                          Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                          As my darkroom I have been going to for years sadly closed, it is so nice to know there is A & I. I photogragh shelter dogs always in b&w and they do a wonderful job, but, an A plus must also go to B & H. I have been buying all camera related supplies for years and don't know what I would do without them.

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                                          • Business

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                                          3.0

                                          mailer review

                                          By bigkahoona

                                          from Bedford,NH

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Conceals contents
                                          • Durable

                                          Cons

                                          • Ball point won't write on
                                          • Insecure Seal

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                            Handy to be able to mail film in for processing. Turnaround average, could probably find similar turn around with a local lab, since most mail out the film for processing anyway. Convenience is delivery of my completed processing to my door.

                                            Envelope is picky about ball point pen trying to fill out return information. Does not allow pens to write clearly due to Tyvex material the envelope is made out of.

                                            I would have given a fourth star, but did not as I really feel postage should be included in the purchase price. I should not have to put postage on after already paying for envelope.

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                                            • Personal

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                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Fast and Easy

                                            By debl

                                            from Ottawa, KS

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy
                                            • Quick

                                            Cons

                                            • Pricey but worth it

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Developing black and wh

                                            Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                            Great to have several of these on hand for when you've taken a roll of black and white film. Easy to use.They do a great job of printing your pictures [...]

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                                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            A&I B&W Mailers, Simple, Easy

                                            By wdschiller

                                            from Houston, TX

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                            B&W gives me a way to express some of my creativity. I do not have a darkroom, but the mailers make quality development a breeze.

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                                            4.0

                                            great results, a little slow

                                            By Sherman Lindcastle

                                            from Texas

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good quality service

                                            Cons

                                            • A bit slow
                                            • A Little Pricey

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Processing and prints

                                            Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                            The prints I recieved back were very high quality, no complaints.

                                            It took about three weeks to get them back, however, which seems like a long time to me.

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent quality[..]

                                            By Can

                                            from New York

                                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate
                                            • Consistent

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artwork
                                              • Photojournalism
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                              I tried with many photo studios to develop my black & white films. Compared to those studios, this mailer always gives excellent quality black & white photos.[...] photos are carefully taken care of. I would recommend this mailer.

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                                              4.0

                                              Great Value from a Classic Lab

                                              By Goodeye

                                              from Houston, TX

                                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Value

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Artwork
                                                • Home
                                                • Travel

                                                Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                                A&I sells these mailers direct in minimum quantities of 5, B&H's minimum is one. For those not in the know, A&I's B&W Service is phenomenal and they will even develop obscure B&W films, such as ORWO NP22.

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                                                4.0

                                                Prints are good [...]

                                                By Kallah

                                                from Springfield Illinois

                                                About Me Getting started

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Accurate
                                                • Good Tonal Range
                                                • Scans Well

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                                    Prints were well-made, particularly since the film had been sitting undeveloped since 2006, good tonal range and scanned well. [...]

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Great product

                                                    By Illestwill

                                                    from Whitewater, WI

                                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Good Tonal Range

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Artwork

                                                      Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                                      Not much to say here, except that I was totally satisfied with my mailers. it costs less than a dollar (2 postage stamps) to mail them. The prints came out great!

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                                                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      3.0

                                                      A&I B&W mailers

                                                      By Arthur

                                                      from central Ohio

                                                      About Me Professional

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Good Tonal Range

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Email customer service

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Artwork

                                                      Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                                      I wanted an easy, fast way to get proofs. The prints are ok; skies are printed down showing tones, which I like. I sent 2 mailers in at the same time, one was back in two weeks, the other took a month. This may well have been caused by the postal service.I also requested full frame proofs, the first roll did not have this done. [...]

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                                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      4.0

                                                      Very consistent

                                                      By Proscriptus

                                                      from Vermont

                                                      About Me Professional

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Consistent
                                                      • Good Tonal Range

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Slow turnaround

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about A&I Develop + Prints Mailer for Black & White Film:

                                                        I've never had a problem with A&I, which is nice considering they're the only game in town. Quality is comparable to my quasi-local pro finisher.

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