20 Best Places for Film Developing in Sydney

Cover Photo: Portra Bridge by Harald Philipp, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra 400 film on a Nikon F6


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:




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:

Sydney by MoreFunkThanYou, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 ), Taken on a Nikon F5 camera

Do Film! Lab

Location: 257 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia

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

Location: Unit 16/69 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia

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

Location: Shop 5/2-12 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia

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. 


Blanco Negro

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.


Reversal Film in Sydney by James Zeng, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ), Taken on Fuji Velvia 100 film on a Rolleiflex 3.5 F

Pixels Plus

Location: 45 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest NSW 2065, Australia

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.



Rozell Darkroom

Location: 57 Nelson St, Rozelle NSW 2039, Australia

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


Burned In by Gregory Bodnar, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra 400 film on a Nikon FM2

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.


Dee Why Kite Surfing by Michael Wood, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Gold 400 on a Leica M2

Sydney Central Fast Foto

Location: Shop 17, 477 Pitt St. Sydney Central Bldg, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

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

Location: Shop 5/60 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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

Location: 174 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury NSW 2193, Australia

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.


Gulls by Ellen Munro, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a Pentax Program A

Photo King

Location: 157 Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031, Australia

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

Location: 11 Albion St, Waverley NSW 2024, Australia

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.


Ted’s Cameras

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.


S’envolera, s’envolera pas ? by Christopher Crouzet, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra 160VC on a Hasselblad 500C/M

digiDirect

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

Location: 387 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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

Location: 157 Argyle St, Camden NSW 2570, Australia

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

Location: Shop 2/413-417 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028, Australia

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.


Swimming by Ellen Munro, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a Pentax Program A

Fotolab

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


Photo Garden

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


Anywhere Else?

Do you know anywhere else for film developing in Sydney? Which is your favorite spot on our list? Let us know in the comments!


53740019 by Tim Brennan, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Agfa Vista film on a Ricoh AF-5


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