Even in 2021, there are more than a few great spots to develop film in Sydney. But with so many options, it can be hard to decide which photolab is best for you.
If you’re looking for guidance, check out our list of 20 places for film developing in Sydney. We’ve included all of the information you’ll need – which types of film are developed and a map of their locations.
There’s no doubt that you’ll have a new favorite lab in no time. Check out the list below:
- Do Film! Lab
- Sydney Super 8
- Vision Image Lab
- Rewind Photo Lab
- Blanco Negro
- Pixels Plus
- Rozell Darkroom
- 10 More Places for Film Developing in Sydney
- Map of Where to Develop Film
Our Favorite Places for Film Developing in Sydney
Let’s start by looking at our picks for the best photo labs in Sydney. If you’re looking to develop film or disposable cameras in the Harbour City, we’d recommend starting with one of these spots:
Do Film! Lab
This lab’s name could be interpreted as somewhat of a mission statement – when you step foot inside, you’ll quickly realize that it’s all about film, all the time. Naturally, we’re big fans.
Do Film! is one of the newest places to develop film in Sydney, a lab created by photographers, for photographers.
You’ll be able to develop 35mm and 120 film, both C-41 colour and black and white. You can expect a 3-4 day turnaround, although you can pay a little extra for rush service if needed.
Aside from film developing, Do Film! stocks a great selection of film stocks and also shares the space with Viva La Film, a local business that specializes in vintage camera sales, restorations, and service. Talk about a match made in heaven.
For more information, you can check out Do Film! Lab.
Sydney Super 8
Location: 457 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Devoted to film photography, both still and motion, Sydney Super 8 is doing their part to help keep analogue alive. Anything and everything related to vintage cameras and photography can be found at this photo lab near the University of Sydney.
For starters, they develop every type of film – 35mm, 120, and large format are all processed on site, whether C-41 colour, black and white, or E-6 slide film. All film is processed using Fuji chemicals.
Service for vintage cameras and lenses is offered alongside a fantastic selection of used film cameras. If you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket, this may be a dangerous spot to visit.
As the name implies, you can expect to find an extensive selection of Super 8 cameras and folks who are incredibly knowledgeable about the format. If you’ve ever been interested in shooting Super 8, you’ll definitely want to stop by.
You can find out more at Sydney Super 8.
Vision Image Lab
One of the few places for film developing in Sydney that accepts all film formats, you may be interested in checking out Vision Image Lab.
C-41 colour, black and white, and slide film can all be developed – 35mm, 120, and even large format.
C-41 and E-6 film are processed quickly – usually about 2 hours – while other services like scanning take 24 hours and black and white developing takes 2-3 days.
Other offerings include printing, high-end scanning, custom framing, and a good selection of film for sale.
Check out Vision Image Lab for more info.
Rewind Photo Lab
Rewind(ing) – an indisputably key part of shooting film, and also, the name of another great place to develop film in Sydney.
Rewind Photo Lab offers developing of 35mm, 120, and 4×5 film. C-41 colour, black and white, and E-6 slide film are all accepted.
You can pick up some fresh rolls of film, get prints (including C-Prints), as well as high resolution scans on your choice of scanner. Another cool aspect of Rewind is their gallery space that exhibits photographers work.
If you’re interested, head to Rewind Photo Lab for more info.
Location: Wilson St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
If you’re looking for the best place to develop black and white film in Sydney, look no further than Blanco Negro. Colour film shooters, please close your eyes for a moment and scroll to the next option.
All types of black and white film are developed by hand at Blanco Negro. For the utmost control over your images, you’ll have your choice of developer, as well as any other custom requests. Once you figure out exactly how you like your film developed, that’s how every future roll will be handled.
Expect to find a great selection of film (B&W only), darkroom equipment, and even traditional contact sheets.
Black and white purists should check out Blanco Negro.
Pixels Plus is a family-run photo lab that’s been developing film in Crows Nest for over 30 years.
They offer developing of 35mm and 120 format film, both C-41 colour and black and white. Film is processed twice weekly, so don’t expect one hour, or even one day service at this spot.
Aside from film, you can find just about any other standard photo lab service you may need – printing, scanning, repairs, sensor cleaning, video transfers, etc.
You can find more info at Pixels Plus.
The only public darkroom in Sydney, Rozell is a must-visit for anyone interested in developing their own film or creating traditional prints of their images.
If it’s your first time, you’ll need to take a 30 minute induction to familiarize yourself with the space and the process. After that, you’re able to rent the space by the day (in 5-hour blocks) with discounts for multiple days.
If you get bitten by the darkroom bug and find yourself a frequent visitor, you may be interested in purchasing a Membership, which allows you unlimited access to the space and helps the folks at Rozell Darkroom keep things running smoothly.
If you’re interested, check out Rozell Darkroom.
Over 10 More Places to Develop Film in Sydney
While the list above contains our favorite options, that’s barely scratching the surface. There are over ten additional spots that develop disposable cameras and film in Sydney. Check out the remaining options below.
Sydney Central Fast Foto
Located in the CBD, Sydney Central Fast Foto is one of many Kodak Express franchises in Australia. They develop 35mm and 120 format film – C-41 colour, black and white, and even E-6 slide.
More info at Sydney Central Fast Foto.
Photoland offers developing for colour, slide, and B&W film. Both 35mm and 120 medium format are accepted. They also offer prints, scanning, and a large selection of frames.
More info at Photoland.
Kent Street Studio
Focussed mostly on fine art printing, Kent Street Studio is another place to develop film in Sydney. They accept both colour and black and white film for processing. 35mm or 120 medium format.
As of right now, Kent Street is only accepting film via mail, but hopefully they’ll open their doors again soon.
More info at Kent Street Studio.
Offering high-end printing for professionals, Photo King also has film processing services available. 35mm and 120 colour film can both be developed.
More info at Photo King.
Charing Cross Photo
Charing Cross Photo offers fine art printing, custom framing, and scanning. They also develop 35mm and 120 film, either C-41 colour or black and white.
More info at Charing Cross Photo.
Eddy’s Photos, Frames
Location: 55 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Established in 1995 and also a Kodak Express location, Eddy’s Photos, Frames specializes in – you guessed it – photo prints and frames. You can also develop colour, black and white, or slide film, whether 35mm or 120 medium format.
More info at Eddy’s Photos, Frames.
Sydney City Location: 317 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Chatswood Location: Shop250/1 Anderson St, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia
With 17 stores across Australia and over 50 years in business, Ted’s Cameras is one of the biggest photo chains in the country. Aside from a huge inventory of any photo gear you could imagine, they also develop 35mm colour film.
More info at Ted’s Cameras.
Bondi Junction Location: Shop 1044/500/500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia
Miranda Location: Shop 1098/600 Kingsway, Miranda NSW 2228, Australia
Within their digiPrint photo labs, C-41 film can be developed in one hour at digiDirect. While there are 5 locations in Australia, the Bondi Junction and Miranda locations are the only two that accept black and white film for processing.
More info at digiDirect.
George’s Cameras offers a good selection of film for sale and one hour developing in the CBD. You can drop off your 35mm colour and black and white film for processing.
More info at George’s Cameras.
Camden Photo Centre
You can expect to find standard photo lab offerings like scanning, prints, and repairs at Camden Photo Center. They also offer 35mm and 120 film developing for both C-41 colour and black and white.
More info at Camden Photo Centre.
Double Bay Camera Shop
Double Bay is a full-service photo shop that also develops film. Both C-41 colour and black and white film can be processed. Colour usually takes 3-4 days, B&W takes longer.
More info at Double Bay Camera Shop.
Location: 303 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Fotolab still develops most types of film – colour, black and white, and slide film are all accepted, both 35mm and 120 format. Same day service is available for developing, but at a (steep) price.
More info at Fotolab.
Location: 307 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Operating for over 30 years, Photo Garden is another spot to develop 35mm and medium format film – C-41 colour, black and white, and even E-6.
More info at Photo Garden.
Map of Where to Develop Film in Sydney
Do you know anywhere else for film developing in Sydney? Which is your favorite spot on our list? Let us know in the comments!