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Dust is not the friend of photographers. It gets into the camera, onto the lens and in your eyes. Most of my problems have been due to dust on the negatives after they have been processed. You can see an extensive collection of dusty, dirty, and nasty pictures.
These are the efforts of the scanner, but I had to return a significant fraction of the prints to be redone due to dust. This didn't impress me.
A professional lab might charge somewhat more, but they don't have a shop out the front and hang the negs where the general public can waft their crap across the room onto them. It sure could save a lot of agro.
The next lesson is do not get your negatives processed at one place and the scanning at another. They will each blame the other and your negs will get dustier in the process. Get it all done at one place.
copyright 2003 Tom Parker - last modified 4 May 2003