One newbie question that I have is on the focusing screen with the Spotmatic. I have not gotten used to the focusing screen without a split screen, is there any trick that any of the Spotmatic loyalist and fan can share with me in coping with the focusing screen. I have found it to be quite difficult to be obtain focus especially in indoor shooting. I can set the M/A switch to A to focus wide open but I can easily move the focus position in toggling back from A to M. Do you know if the focusing screen on ES is replaceable? Also any recommended for places to develop and scan developed b&w film into digital with reliable results will be of great interest to me.
I absolutely go non-stop on the Super-Takumar (or SMC) and please don't embarrass me to list all the takumar related lens that I have secretly accumulated. It goes roughly in every apertures that you can find from 28mm to 150mm and the only thing that place a stop for me in getting the rarer super-Tak 200mm f/3.5 or the takumar 35mm f/2.3 are the joel-blow who outbid me in evilBay.
So there it goes my side-track story in my break-promise on the Spotmatic and 135 films. But in all honesty, I am so thankful to have bumped into the Spotmatic family because of my LBA flu on SMC (super)-Takumar lens series.
I love Dwayne Photo in Kansas as I think they are one of the most reliable in film development but I have a hard time with the low resolution scanning and hence I want to find an alternative place with good development like DWayne Photo but with good quality scanning. These three places are mentioned in my earlier thread with Black Spotmatic Beauty. I heard good thing in North Coast Photo and will try out a scan and report back hopefully soon.
North Coast Photo appears to offer $5.75 C-41 develop and $6.95 for budget scans. Printing looks to add another $5-6.5, and then shipping on top of everything.
The Darkroom does $10 process and scan, $5 for prints and $4 for shipping.
Photographic Works (who I've used for 4x5" in the past) in Tucson does C-41 for $3.5, scans for 30 from an uncut roll ($10ish), apparently no option for typical 4x6" prints. Plus shipping.