Scan at home or pay the lab?

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Scan at home or pay the lab?

Hello.

I'm an absolute beginner at this. I have a Yashica 124g. I have rolls of 120 film I need to develop.

Because I'm just starting out I was going to leave everything to the lab...but then I saw how much it's going to cost.

I'm in London and to develop into negatives is about £10. This goes up to £15 for negatives and prints, another few quid for them to be scanned.

Added to this is the cost of the film and the postage...I'm looking at around £1.50 - £2 a photograph.

How does everyone else here manage? Would love to know how you approach this

One, probably naive, idea I had was to pay for the negatives, then scan myself. The cost of a decent scanner like the canon 9000 is around £200 - does it make sense to spend on a scanner, and have the lab do the negatives?

One final thought was this - how hard is it to develop negatives yourself? To cut out the lab altogether is tempting but I'm a novice and the learning curve just trying to take the photographs is steep enough!

Thank you in advance for any advice.

DJ

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