I’m continuing testing labs for outsourcing. Latest is BWC Labs at www.BWC.net
I came across them when I was looking to see what labs were used by [let's just say a site that is well-respected for hosting and printing]. I installed ROES and have ordered prints on four different flavors of FUJI Archival Crystal Paper: Archival Flex, Luster, Pearl, and Silk. I’ve seen the paper in galleries and have been impressed, though all the images I saw were color.
BWC has an extensive offering of papers, and in case you’ve never used ROES software for uploading and managing your workflow – every version is different because the catalog is setup by the company, i.e. in this case BWC.
For orders over $32 ordered through ROES there’s no charge for Fedex Ground. There is always a packaging charge of $2.50. It’s a huge operation offering everything under the sun. True, they don’t offer b&w fiber prints with Ilford chemistry – I think that remains a specialty of SilverDigitalImaging – but that will be something I would use for special offers.
So, I have ordered a bunch of prints from BWC, both B&W (there is an option for telling them this is a b&w print) and color. They offer topcoats (sprays) of various thicknesses for the paper, and a world of mounting options.
I will continue to search for this holy grail of price / quality so that I can spend my time doing more creative work and yet keeping customers happy with pricing, turnaround time, and print quality.