5 Best Places to Develop Film in Milwaukee

Cover Photo: Courthouse by la vaca vegetariana, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )


Milwaukee doesn’t have the most places to develop film, but the photo labs it does have do a stand-up job. 

No matter what type of film you like to shoot, you should have no problem finding a spot to get your photos developed.

Here’s our roundup of the best places for film developing in Milwaukee – with each lab’s exact services listed. 



Film photo of the Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum by Chun-Hung Eric Cheng, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a Lomography Sprocket Rocket camera

Tom Fritz Studios 

Location: 2930 W Clybourn St, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Tom Fritz Studios was created by commercial photographer Tom Fritz to cater to other film photographers.

Long one of the top-rated photo labs in Milwaukee, they offer film processing for 35mm and 120 medium format film in C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 color reversal. They also develop large format film.

Black and white film is developed in Kodak T-Max Developer, although custom processing is also available using the developer of your choice upon request. 

Tom Fritz Studios boasts a very quick turnaround time. All film types are processed in under 72 hours. Need yours even quicker? Rush service is available for a premium. Additional services include scanning, printing, and retouching.  

To top this all off, this is the most conveniently located photo lab in Milwaukee. It’s just blocks away from Marquette University.

For more information, visit Tom Fritz Studios.



Art’s Camera Plus

Location: 4981 S 76th St, Greenfield, WI 53220 and 2130 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072

With two locations in the greater metropolitan area, Art’s Camera Plus is another solid choice for your Milwaukee film developing needs. 

35mm C-41 color film and Ilford XP2 black and white film are both processed in-house. 110, 126, 110/220, 127, APS, and other B&W are also accepted, but are sent to an off-site speciality lab for processing. 

Other services include equipment cleaning and repairs. Art’s also offers equipment rentals, photography classes, and a full service photoshop with fresh film, used camera gear, and much more.

Learn more at Art’s Camera Plus.


Film photo of two men in Milwaukee
Unwanted Photograph by Erik Aldrich, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 )

Mike Crivello’s Camera 

Location: 18110 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

Mike Crivello’s Camera doesn’t offer as many in-house services as Tom Fritz or Art’s, but it’s still a good choice for film developing for those who live in or near Brookfield.

Most of the common film formats are accepted, including 35mm, 120 film, and E-6. Note that black and white, APS, 110, and 125 are all developed out of house with a two week turnaround time. 

Other services include video digitalization, canvas prints, and equipment rental. There’s also a full service photoshop, although analog products are slim pickings.  

Read more at Mike Crivello’s Camera.



Allied Digital Photo

Location: N112W16296 Mequon Rd, Germantown, WI 53022

Allied Digital Photo doesn’t necessarily bring anything special to the table. But it does the basics very well – and we appreciate that. 

They accept 35mm, 120 film, and E-6 slide film. Processing is available in color as well as black and white. Expect about one week turnaround time for color film and two weeks for B&W. APS and 110 are also developed.

Allied Digital Photo offers a significant discount for developing more than one roll of the same type of film at a time.

Additional services include restoration, scanning, video transfer, and photo book printing. 

For more information, visit Allied Digital Photo.


Retrospekt

Location: 811 E Vienna Ave Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Thanks to user Jesus H. for the tip on Retrospket!

Retrospekt is an analog-lovers paradise; vintage cameras, audio equipment, books, and musical instruments are all for sale at this Milwaukee outpost.

Retrospekt accepts 35mm and 120 film, whether its C-41 color or black and white. While film is not developed in-house, it is sent to Murray Photo in Appleton.

Developing can take quite a while because Murray Photo only develops twice a week, plus the additional time your film is in transit. That said, this still may be a valid option because of the convenience of Retrospekts location. As they say, patience is a virtue!

To check out all of the interesting analog items for sale, you can check out Retrospekt.

Map of the Best Places to Develop Film in Milwaukee


Other Options for Film Developing in Milwaukee 

Can’t find the service you need in Milwaukee? 

Another option is to check out the best places to develop film in Chicago. Just an hour and a half to the south, the Windy City has an expansive selection of photo labs for all your film developing needs.

Of course, you can always drop your film off at a drugstore. 

Although most big-name drugstores no longer develop film in house, the service is still offered (the film processing is outsourced) by many CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart locations in Milwaukee.

Just know that the old norm of 1-hour photo processing is a thing of the past. Expect about a week turnaround time – if not longer.

Our guide to developing film at a drugstore breaks down exactly what to expect if you do go this route.



Know of Anywhere Else? 

Film photo of a cemetery in Milwaukee
Untitled by Carli Knudten, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a disposable camera

Did we miss your favorite place to develop film in Milwaukee? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Jesus H.
Jesus H.
1 year ago

Retrospekt!