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Where to Develop Film in 2023 (In Person and Mail-In)

Need help finding a high quality photo lab or finding a place to develop film near you? Check out our film lab directory (US, UK, Australia, and Canada).

While most people use a digital camera, film photography never left, and it’s making a huge comeback.

If you’d like to try it but are wondering where to develop film, this is the article for you.

Here you’ll find a vast directory that includes the best US, Canada, Australia, and UK photo labs.

Some of them even ship worldwide.

If this is your first time shooting film, don’t forget to check the last section of this article to learn what to look for when choosing a photo lab.

Also, if you want to give it a go yourself, read our article on how to develop film at home.

Table of Contents

What are the Best Labs for Developing Film in the US in 2023?

If you’re wondering where to develop film in USA, here’s our recommendations.

Bleeker Digital Solutions – New York, NY

Bleeker is a digital and film photo lab that has been catering to amateur and professional photographers for over 22 years.

They offer one-on-one support from the owner, who has more than 38 years of experience in film development and printing.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm film, slide film, medium format, 4×5 and 8×10 sheets. (See guide to film stock.)
  • Available processes: C 41, E6, black and white.
  • Other services: film sale, drum scanning, large format scan and printing, video and audio services, framing, and photo restoration.
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $3.99
  • Developing plus contact sheet from $17.99
  • Developing plus standard scan from $14.99
  • Developing plus small prints from $14.99
  • Cut and put in archival sleeves – $1.99.

Blue Moon – Portland, OR

Blue Moon is an analog photography shop and photo lab. You can find everything you need to build your darkroom, vintage cameras, film, etc. They’re also one of the last photo labs that offer optical printing.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm film, slide film, 120/620, 220, Minox Spy 110, 126, 127, 4×5, 5×7, 8x 10, APS, Kodak Disc, 16mm still.
  • Available processes: C 41, E6, black and white, pushing and pulling the negative, cross-processing.
  • Other services: film sale, analog photography and darkroom equipment sale, high-quality scans, optical printing, and enlargements.
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: One week on average plus shipping time.

PRICE

  • Developing from $6.50
  • Developing plus contact sheet from $17.99
  • Scan from $16
  • Minilab prints from $0.70

Citizen Photo – Portland, OR

This locally-owned film lab has been around since 1946, developing rolls and disposable cameras. They also sell used equipment and carry a wide variety of films.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35 mm film, slide film, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10, APS.
  • Available processes: C41, E6, black and white, push, pull, and cross-processing.
  • Other services: used equipment sale
  • Mail-in: Yes.
  • Turnaround times: 24 hours for 35 mm film and unmounted slides. For black and white process film is 48 hours.

PRICE

  • Developing from $2.50
  • Standard scan from $6
  • Prints from $0.35

Coastal Film Lab – Tampa, FL

This film lab focuses on art film photographers as it does high-end film processing and printing. They also sell film, chemicals, and equipment and offer studio rentals.

The standard scans are true to negative, and any corrections are done in the scanner per your instructions. It may require minor tweaks and dusting on your part. Instead, premium scanning offers the highest quality, where you have to do little to no extra work.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35 mm film, slide film, 120, 220.
  • Available processes: C41 daily, black and white on Tuesdays and Fridays. Push and pull processing up to 3 stops.
  • Other services: archiving services
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 7 business days

PRICE

  • Developing from $9
  • 35 mm developing plus scan from $16

Darkslide Film Lab – Bridgeport, CT

This is a woman-owned film lab specialising in black-and-white darkroom printing and film developing and scanning. The staff is all female, which makes it especially convenient for nude fine art photographers.

  • Accepted formats: Disposable cameras, 35 mm film, medium format film, and 4×5 sheet film
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, and E6 only once a month with a 25-roll cap.
  • Other services: Silver gelatin printing
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: Average four weeks (it may vary from 3 to 6 weeks). They offer a ‘rush’ service for 50% of the price.

PRICE

  • Developing and scanning from $15
  • Silver gelatin printing from $15

Dexter’s Camera – Ventura, CA

This family-owned lab aims to keep film photography affordable for everyone.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35 mm film, slide film, 120, 220, 620, 110, 126, 127, 4×5, APS, Kodak Disc.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6, Kodachrome (K-14) processed as black and white, push and pull processing, hand-processing.
  • Other services: Printing, scanning, photo restoration, media transfer, camera cleaning, passport photos, and classes.
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $5 plus tax (they refund you or give you credit if the roll is blank)
  • Standard scans from $5 plus tax
  • High-resolution scan from $15 plus tax.
  • Prints from $0.19
  • Large format prints from $10 per sq. ft.

Dwayne’s Photo – Parsons, KS

It was founded in 1956. It was featured in the Netflix movie Kodachrome as it was recognized in 2010 as the last film lab to process this type of film. The lab is still family-owned.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35 mm film, 120, 220, slide film, 110, 126, 127, APS, Disc color film processing.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6.
  • Other services: Movie film processing, film sale, film transferring, photo restoration, prints, and print products.
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $6
  • Prints from $o.30

FLATS Film Lab – Houston, TX

Flats is a small business determined to keep film photography alive.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35 mm film, 120, slide film, 110, 4×5 sheets.
  • Available processes: E6, C 41, black and white
  • Other services: film sales, classes.
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 5-9 business days for less than four rolls; more than that is 7-10 business days. Orders with multiple processes take 1-2 days extra.

PRICE

  • Developing from $7
  • Scans from $1.50

Indie Film Lab – Montgomery, AL

A team of photographers, artists, and creatives runs it. They started as a couple of wedding photographers 15 years ago, and seven years later, they founded the Indie Printing Company.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6.
  • Other services: Film sales, photo albums.
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: Less than 25 rolls 5-7 business days (Jan to May) and 7-10 business days for more than 25 rolls. May to December, the times may be extended.

PRICE

  • Developing plus scan from $10
  • Scan only from $8

J&S Photo Services – Chicago, Il

This lab mostly focuses on commercial services but offers film processing services.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm, slide film, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10, 12×18.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6.
  • Other services: Headshots and comp cards, business and photo cards, product labelling and other commercial services.
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $9
  • Film scan from $22
  • Print scan from $8

Memphis Film Lab – Cleveland, OH

This film lab specialises in old film and offers bulk prices like the Grandma’s Closet Special.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm, slide film, 120mm.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6.
  • Other services: archival services.
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 7 to 10 business days, but it may be more for bulk orders or during peak times of the year.

PRICE

  • Developing from $6
  • Developing plus standard scan $9
  • Developing plus small prints $13

Mike’s Camera – CO (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs)

This lab is dedicated to film photography from every angle. They teach, offer online resources, process film, and sell cameras, equipment and film.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm, slide film, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, APS.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6.
  • Other services: classes, online resources, equipment sale (new and used), as well as rental, camera repair, framing, printing, and photo gifts.
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $7.50
  • Developing plus standard scan from $14.99
  • Developing plus small prints $22.49

Miller’s Lab – Pittsburg, KS

This lab specialises in offering products and services to professional photographers and works with fine art quality. Their developing services date back to 1964.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, medium format, 4×5 sheets.
  • Available processes: C 41
  • Other services: proofing, albums, wall art, retouching, and raw processing, amongst others.
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 48 hours.

Mpix – Pittsburg, KS and Columbia, Missouri

Mpix started as a small photo lab that’s grown into a big printing company. They still put a lot of care into quality control, color management and fast shipping.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm, medium format, disposable cameras.
  • Available processes: C41
  • Other services: photo gifts, photo books, wall art, cards, sports products
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: The digital images will be uploaded to a personal gallery in 1-2 days. The negatives will be sent back to you the Friday after the processing.

PRICE

  • Developing $11.95
  • Developing a disposable camera – $13.95

North Coast Photographic Services – Carlsbad, CA

Since 1978, this photo lab has strived to keep high-quality film processing, scanning and printing.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35mm film, slide film, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6
  • Other services: Photo restoration, mounting, cards,
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: In-house usually is 24 hrs and mailed orders 48 hours – may take more during peak times of the year.

PRICE

  • Developing from $9.50
  • Developing plus standard scan from $22.09

Old School Photo Lab / Photosmith – Dover, NH

This lab has 41 years of experience and aims to “make shooting film easy in the digital age”. They offer both ways free shipping.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 35 mm film, 120, 220, slide film, 110, 126, 127, APS, 4×5, C-22, IR film.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6.
  • Other services: Scans, prints, enlargements, photo restoration, movie transfer, slideshows, and classes.
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Scan from $1 per frame. $20 minimum order

PhotoVision – Salem, OR

With a team of over 400 years of combined experience, this film lab strives to excel and make your life easier.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm, 4×5″ sheets.
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, push and pull processing.
  • Other services:
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 4-5 business days. A 2-5 business days rush service is available for the signature process and scan.

PRICE

  • Developing from $8.50
  • Developing plus standard scan plus prints from $18
  • Signature development and scan from $19
  • Signature development and scan plus print from $23
  • Cut plus archival sleeving – $1

Praus Productions – Rochester, NY

This is one of the few US-based film labs that works with people worldwide. They’re also open to experimental processing requests.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, slide film, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
  • Available processes: C-41, E6, black and white, push and pull processing, C-22, alternative processes.
  • Other services: Consultancy, printing, colorization of black and white photography, retouching.
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 48 hours

PRICE

  • Developing from $9.25
  • Scanning from $12.50
  • 35 mm development plus small prints

Reformed Film Lab – Ormond Beach, FL

This lab breathes new vibes into an old-time technique. You can order online, buy film-life-themed merchandise, and earn rewards with orders and purchases.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, disposable cameras, 120mm
  • Available processes: C-41, E6, black and white
  • Other services: Scanning, printing, film and equipment sale
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $6
  • Prints from $0.50
  • Return negatives shipping (optional) – $5.95

Richard Film Lab – Los Angeles, CA

First-grade quality and ultra-fast service are the motto of this LA-based film lab.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, disposable cameras, 120, 220, 110, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14
  • Available processes: C-41, E6, black and white, push and pull.
  • Other services: film, cameras, and apparel shop
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times:

PRICE

  • Developing from $10.96
  • Developing plus scan from $21.98
  • 35 mm developing plus scan plus prints from $27.38

State Film Lab – Louisville, KY

A small business that started in 2014 with the idea of bringing film photography to everyone – professionals and amateurs alike.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, disposable cameras, 120, 126, 220, APS, 110
  • Available processes: C-41, E6, black and white, push and pull
  • Other services: film sale
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 2-3 weeks – rush service is available

PRICE

  • Developing from $4
  • Developing plus standard scan from $12
  • Proof prints from $4
  • Digital contact sheet – $12

Thacker’s Film Lab – Deerfield Beach, FL

You can ask for the negatives back and pay for the shipping. If you’re not interested in your negatives, you can request to get scans delivered with WeTransfer and save the shipping cost.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm, disposable cameras, APS
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, push and pull processing
  • Other services: Film and camera shop, developing and scanning services
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $5
  • Developing plus standard scan from $14

Underdog Film Lab – Oakland, CA

This lab is not only experienced, but it’s happy to guide any newcomers just starting to shoot film photography.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm, disposable cameras, APS, 110, 126, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6, push and pull processing
  • Other services: Scanning and printing
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from $4
  • Scanning from $9
  • Full roll prints from $12
  • Digital contact sheet – $8
  • Film cut and sleeve – $1.50

West Photo – Minneapolis, MN

Fine art photographer Gabriel Jabbour founded this lab. It has student programs, photography start-up counselling, sponsored exhibits, and many other ways to help the community.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white
  • Other services: equipment sale (new and old) and rental
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turn around times: From 1 business day to 1.5 weeks, depending on the type of film and processing.

PRICE

  • Developing from $5.49
  • Standard scan from $0.25 per frame
  • Prints from $0.35

What are the Best Labs for Developing Film in Canada in 2023?

If you’re wondering where to develop film in Canada, here are the recommendations.

Boréalis Laboratoire Photo – Montreal, QC

This lab has over 30 years of experience and targets art lovers, students and professional photographers.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, E6, pull and push processing
  • Other services: economy and art printing, scanning
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 4-5 business days – rush service (24hr and 48hr) available

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$4.70
  • Prints from Can$3

Cafe Obscura – Sudbury, Ontario

This lab started as a cafe with cameras and evolved into a film photo store and lab.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm, 4×5 film sheets
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white
  • Other services: gear and darkroom equipment shop, home movie conversion to digital
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times:

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$4.50
  • Developing plus standard scan from Can$6.50
  • Developing plus scan plus prints Can$23.50

Canadian Film Lab – Hope, BC

This lab exclusively does development and scanning services. It’s based in Canada but ships worldwide.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, APS, 120, 220,
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white, cross-process E6, push and pull processing
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 7-10 working days (express 4-day and super-express 2-day processing are available)

PRICE

  • Developing only is not available
  • 35 mm developing plus scan from Can$20. If you’re ordering from abroad, don’t do a currency conversion – instead, check the pricing list for your country available on the website.

Downtown Camera – Toronto, ON

Locally-owned independent business. Don’t forget to visit their free-with-purchase page to see what you can get with your order.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, APS, 120mm, 110, 126, 127
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, E6
  • Other services: wall art, fine art printing, photo restoration, scanning, used equipment sale
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 2 weeks

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$8
  • Developing plus standard scan from Can $16
  • Developing plus small prints from Can$7

Kerrisdale Camera – Vancouver, BC

The main store is in Vancouver and dates back to 1961. Now it has seven branches in Greater Vancouver and Victoria.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 220, APS (off-site)
  • Available processes: C41 in-house, E6 and black and white film are done off-site
  • Other services: Photography shop, gear repair, insurance claims, media transfer, printing and enlargement
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: Subject to volume. The 2-hour rush service is often available in the Vancouver store – in other branches may be up to 7 days.

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$9.50
  • Developing plus standard scan or small prints: Can$17.99

Northern Artists ProLabToronto, ON

This lab has been in business for over 25 years, and most of the staff is formed by artists and film photographers.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 220, 4×5, IR film
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, cross-processing E6
  • Other services: Scanning, reproduction, fine art printing, restoration, portraits, video transfers
  • Mail-in:
  • Turnaround times:

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$6.50
  • Developing plus standard scan from Can$14
  • Prints ordered with developing and scan from Can$0.50

Pond’s Foto Source – Guelph, ON

They have stores all over Canada. If you’re not interested in mail-in photo labs, use the store finder on their website to find the closest to you.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 110, 120
  • Available processes: C 41, black and white film
  • Other services: Gear shop, printing, scanning, photo products, video services, classes
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$16
  • Developing plus standard scan from Can$21
  • Developing plus small prints from Can$23

Prism Imaging – Victoria, BC

At this time, Prism Imaging is undertaking some business updates. Film development is not currently listed on their website, but they’ve done it for more than 26 years. So, they’ll probably continue to offer this service. Scanning and printing from different film formats are currently available.

The Lab – Vancouver, BC

This is a professional photo lab that’s been around since 1996. It aims to maintain the highest quality and the most current technology.

  • Accepted formats: 135mm, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
  • Available processes: C 41 color, black and white, E6
  • Other services: Scanning, printing, enlargement, mounting

PRICE

  • Developing from Can$8
  • Developing plus standard scan from $28

Toronto Image Works – Toronto, ON

This lab doesn’t process rolls of film, but it does roll scans (35mm and 120mm), frame scans from slide film, and drum scans up to 8.5 x11″ negatives and transparencies.

What are the Best Labs for Developing Film in Australia in 2023?

If you’re wondering where to develop film in Australia, here are the recommendations.

Blanco Negro – Hunter Valley, NSW

This shop and lab is based in the Hunter Valley, but it only works online – there isn’t a physical store.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 5×4, 5×7, 10×8, 11×14
  • Available processes: Standard processing is D-76 at 20 degrees. Custom processing is available with other developers, temperatures, and times.
  • Other services: Darkroom and film photography supply shop, classes
  • Mail-in: Exclusively

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$9.46
  • Contact printing from AUD$37.50

Do Film! Lab – Sydney, NSW

A photo lab created by photographers for photographers

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 220, APS, XPAN, disposable cameras
  • Available processes: C41, black and white
  • Other services: film and film camera sale

PRICE

  • Developing – AUD$9.50
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$15
  • Developing plus scan plus small prints from AUD$27

Halide Supply – Collingwood, VIC

This is one of the fastest photo labs with same-day turn around times for development only.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm
  • Available processes: C41, E6, black and white
  • Other services: camera, film and apparel shop, printing, scanning
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: From same-day delivery to 10 business days, depending on the services.

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$10
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$15
  • Prints from AUD$10 per roll

FilmNeverDie – Melbourne, VIC

Aside from the main shop, they have several vending machines stocked with film, and they double as drop-off boxes to leave your rolls to develop.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm
  • Available processes: C41, E6, EC-N2, black and white
  • Other services: Shop, b-w developing class, photo walks
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: From 3 to 14 days, depending on the format and services

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$10
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$17

Fitzgerald Photo – North Perth, WA

This lab has been processing film for over half a century. They specialise in products for wedding photography.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, large and medium format
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, push and pull process
  • Other services: archiving, scanning, mounting, printing, shop, restoration
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$10
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$21
  • Developing plus small prints from AUD$24

Focus Pocus – Fremantle, WA

This small business lab is run by friends who want to offer the local community an inclusive space and quality services.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm film
  • Available processes: C41, black and white
  • Other services: scanning, shop, exhibitions
  • Mail-in: Dropbox is available 24/7
  • Turnaround times: C41 – 2-3 days, black and white – 6-7 days

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$12
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$19
  • Prints from AUD$15 per roll

LAB West – Perth, WA

They’re focused on innovation and sustainability with a hands-on approach. They use environmentally preferred developers, send used chemicals to a recycling plant, source sustainable packaging, etc.

  • Accepted formats: 35 mm, 120, 4×5
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, E6, and ECN-2
  • Other services: Store, lab, exhibits, fine art prints
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: Up to 5 days – rush 24-hour service available

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$15
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$20
  • Mail back the negative AUD$15

Rewind Photo Lab – Alexandria and Wollongong, NSW  

One of the fastest mail-in photo labs with 1-day delivery. They offer a student discount.

  • Accepted formats: 110, 35mm, APS, 120, 220, 4×5
  • Available processes: C41, b-w, E6
  • Other services: film and camera shop, scanning, printing, exhibition support
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 1-day delivery to most Metro Areas

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$9.50
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$16.50
  • Developing plus small prints from AUD$18.50

Silver Halide Studios – Mount Lawley, WA

If you don’t want to mail in your film, you can use one of their multiple drop boxes. Look for the locations in the FAQ section of their website.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120mm
  • Available processes: C41 color, b-w, E6, push and pull process
  • Other services: film sale
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$12
  • 35 mm developing plus standard scan
  • 35 mm development plus small prints

Vision Image Lab – Redfern, NSW

  • Accepted formats
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, E&
  • Other services: minilab and film sale
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 2 hours for EA6 and C 41 color, 2-3 days for black and white

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$11.50
  • Prints from AUD$28 for the first set and AUD$10 for additional ones

Work In Progress – Fitzroy, VIC

They pride themselves in the quality of the work, and the customer service centred on building a relationship with the photographer.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 4×5
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, pull and push up to 2 stops (+3 on sheets)
  • Other services: workshops, darkroom rent,
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing from AUD$10
  • Developing plus standard scan from AUD$15
  • Developing plus high-res scan from AUD$22
  • Return negatives – AUD$11

What are the Best Labs for Developing Film in the UK in 2023?

If you’re wondering where to develop film in the UK, here are the recommendations.

AG Photolab – Birmingham 

The staff sums more than 100 years of experience, which warranties fast turnover times and consistent quality.

  • Accepted formats: 135mm, 120, 127, 126, disposable camera, 35mm panoramic
  • Available processes: C41, E6, black and white, C22, Kodachrome, push and pull
  • Other services: shop, printing, scanning, mounting, framing
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 24-48 hours to develop, 48-72 hours to develop and scan or print

PRICE

  • Developing from £4.49
  • Developing plus standard scan from £11.49
  • Developing plus prints from £12.49

A+M Imaging – Edinburgh

The photographic lab specialises in printing, offering multiple papers and products.

  • Accepted formats: 110, 126, 35mm, 120, 5×4, 8×10
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, E6
  • Other services: C-printing, fine art printing, mounting, framing, restoration
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 2-3 days – a rush 24-hr service is available

PRICE

  • Developing from £5
  • Developing plus standard scan £10

Analogue WonderLab – High Wycombe

You can see the scans first, then decide whether to order prints.

  • Accepted formats: disposable cameras, 110, 35mm, 120
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, E6, B-W reversal, ECN-2
  • Other services: Film photography shop, printing
  • Turnaround times: From 8 working days to 3 weeks

PRICE

  • Developing from £5 (not available at this time)
  • Developing plus standard scan from £12

Bayeux – London

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 5×4, 8×10
  • Available processes: E6, C 41, black and white
  • Other services: C-type, darkroom and minilab printing, drum scan, CCD scan, flatbed scan, Kodak LVT
  • Turnaround times: Same-day collection

PRICE

  • Developing from £8
  • Developing plus standard scan from £18
  • Developing plus small prints £20

Exposure Film Lab – Hereford

This lab works with customers from all over the world. There’s no extra fee for choosing the type of scanner, file format, pushing or pulling the negative.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 4×5
  • Available processes: c 41, black and white, cross-processing E6
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing plus scan from £10

Express Imaging – Cardiff

An independent photo lab with a quick turnaround. They can convert your digital images to film slides.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, APS, 110, 126, 127
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, E6
  • Other services: Printing, studio photography, restoration, video tape transfer
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: Same day on C41 processing, 48 hrs for b-w

PRICE

  • Developing from £6
  • Developing plus standard scan from £14
  • Developing plus small prints from £13

Gulabi Photo – Glasgow

You can use their drop-off points in Glasgow or mail your rolls to their shop. You don’t have to pay until you receive a confirmation email that the rolls are in the lab.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, disposable cameras
  • Available processes: C41, black and white
  • Other services: photography shop
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 1-2 days for color, 7+ days for black and white (rush service available)

PRICE

  • Developing from £5
  • Developing plus standard scan from £10

Jack’s Lab – Bristol

Friendly and inclusive staff. You can mail your rolls or drop them off.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 4×5
  • Available processes: C41, black and white, push and pull processing
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 3. 6 working days

PRICE

  • Developing from £5
  • Developing plus standard scan from £8
  • Developing plus small prints from £14

Make It Easy Lab – Nottingham

They want to make film photography accessible to people, from renting the equipment to offering workshops.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, 4×5
  • Available processes: c 41 dip-and-dunk, black and white developing
  • Other services: darkroom and studio hire, workshops, events, co-working, 1-1 mentoring, printing, scanning
  • Mail-in: Yes

PRICE

  • Developing plus standard scan from £10
  • Developing plus small prints from £17

Photo Hippo – Burnley

Although they’ve changed their name a few times, they’ve been processing film since 1995. They offer special services for Lomography.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 120, APS, 110, 126, 127, disposable cameras
  • Available processes: c41, E6, black and white, ECN-2
  • Other services: film sale
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: 1 to 14 days, depending on the type of film. Fast track available.

PRICE

  • Developing from £6
  • Developing plus standard scan from £7,50
  • Developing plus small prints plus scans from £13

PicFilm – Winsford

Small independent lab with a team of photographers.

  • Accepted formats: 35mm, 110, 120, APS, 5×4, 8×10
  • Available processes: black and white, C41, E6
  • Mail-in: Yes
  • Turnaround times: Same-day processing in the store

PRICE

  • Developing from £7
  • Developing plus standard scan from £12.05

What to Look for When Choosing a Lab

a man in the darkroom holding a negative film

Credit: Tima Miroshnichenko

If you’re looking for where to develop film, you should compare a few things before choosing your lab.

Not all photo labs offer the same services. So, start by checking the types of films and processes they do.  This is especially important if you are looking for something experimentalunusualnary.

Most professional film labs provide information regarding their process. They should tell you which developer, temperatures, equipment, etc.

Check if unique processes are included or sold separately, such as push and pull, cross-processing, etc.

Another service that’s often sold separately is cutting and sleeving. Check for the prices and add everything before deciding which is more convenient.

You must check if you’ll get your negatives back. If so, what’s the cost, and how long do they hold them in the store.

If you want to digitise your film, see if they offer a standard scan or high resolution. Also, check which file format they use and how they deliver it.

The same goes for the prints. Inquire about their minilab printing and fine art printing options and prices.

Not all film labs offer quality work. So, read some of the customers’ reviews and see their years of experience before giving your rolls of film away.

Film Developing Near Me

a film roll sitting on top of a table.

Credit: Lisa Fotios

Film processing is not as common as it used to be. Some retail stores and pharmacies offer film processing if you don’t live near a film lab and prefer not to use mail-in labs.

Some of the most popular in the US are Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS. Canada, Australia, and the UK have similar solutions.

These chain drug stores are usually the cheapest place to develop film, but won’t be as high quality as the other labs mentioned in this guide.

You can see more in-depth all the pros and cons of these developing services in our articles on Walmart film development, CVS film developing and developing film at Walgreens.

In a nutshell, the quality may not be the best, and in most cases, they don’t return the film rolls. This is why professional photographers don’t use these options.

However, they’re inexpensive, and you will likely find one nearby. So, this could be a good choice if you’re not looking for professional film development.

Where to Develop Film: FAQ

How much does it cost to develop film?

The price depends on the film lab you choose, the type of film, and the required process. However, in the US ranges from US$5 to US$15.

Is developing film by mail safe?

Yes, it’s the most common way to get your film processed. Some labs offer the shipping label with a tracking service or allow you to choose the courier so you can order the safest delivery option. Otherwise, you can look for a lab with drop-off points or in-house delivery.

Does Walmart still develop film?

Yes, Walmart offers film development, but they don’t do it in-house. They receive your film rolls and disposable cameras and send them out to get developed by a third-party lab. Then, you can pick up the prints and CD at the same Walmart, but they won’t return the negatives.

Final Words

Obviously I wasn’t able to list every single location for developing film around the world, so if you have any local or online recommendations, leave them in the comments below.

Since you love analog photography so much, you’ll also be interested in our guide to the best film cameras, best film scanners and the world’s most famous film photographers.

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Ana Mireles is a Mexican researcher that specializes in photography and communications for the arts and culture sector.

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