As the most populous city in all of Canada, it isn’t too surprising that there are still plenty of great places to develop film in Toronto.
No matter what type of film photography you’re into, you should have no problem finding a lab that fits your needs.
We’ve got the most complete list of everywhere that develops film in Toronto, including which types of film are accepted at each spot, and a map of their locations. Check it out below.
Natural Color Lab
With over 20 years in business, Natural Color Lab is a great photo lab that offers film processing, printing, and photo finishing. There’s no denying that this is one of the cheapest places to develop film in Toronto.
Natural Color Lab can develop your 35mm and 120 film, whether it is C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. It’s worth noting that this is one of the few places that can develop E-6 locally.
While you’re dropping off your completed rolls of film, you’ll be able to replenish your stash – they usually stock a good selection of fresh film and disposable cameras.
For more information, you can check out Natural Color Lab.
60 Minute Photo Lab
The “60 Minute” part of their name may be slightly inaccurate, but we’re willing to let it slide. While it probably won’t take an hour, you can still get your film developed in a timely manner at this Toronto photo lab.
60 Minute Photo offers developing for 35mm and 120 medium format film, both black and white and C-41 color. Same day service is usually available, depending on their workload, for a small upcharge.
Aside from film processing, you can expect to find printing, scanning, photo gifts, and used film cameras for sale.
A unique offering is the “MPL Film Club”, a way to support this local business in exchange for some nice perks. For just $10 a year, membership includes 10% off just about everything they have for sale, including film processing, film, and cameras. There’s no doubt this could equate to some serious savings for someone who shoots a lot of film.
Find out more at 60 Minute Photo Lab.
Operating for over 40 years in an extremely central location, Downtown Camera is a full service photoshop and photo lab that includes film developing in their list of offerings.
35mm and 120 film can both be developed at Downtown, whether C-41 color or black and white. Black and white film is processed dip and dunk.
While they don’t handle E-6 film themselves, Downtown Camera has partnered with a local photographer that offers slide film processing by mail. This photographer doesn’t operate a physical location, so you can drop off any E-6 at Downtown and they’ll handle the logistics.
Being a full service photography shop means that you can find any photo accessories as well as an impressive selection of used film cameras and lenses.
If interested, head to Downtown Camera to learn more.
Northern Artists prides themselves on providing photo lab services fit for any professional artist. Whether you fall into this category or just practice photography as a hobby, this is still a great place to develop film in Toronto.
The most common film formats are accepted by Northern Artists – both color and black and white film can be developed, whether it’s 35mm or 120 medium format.
Along with other standard photo lab offerings like printing, photo finishing, and restoration, Northern Artists also offers proper contact sheets with developing. Sure, this may not be as relevant in 2021, but we appreciate having the option.
Check out Northern Artists for more information.
Annex Photo is described as a “concept store” operated by the camera company Fujifilm. Students at the University of Toronto will love its central location in The Annex neighborhood, just a few blocks from campus.
If you like to shoot 35mm or 120 film, either C-41 color or black and white, you can have your film developed at Annex Photo.
If you’re in a rush, same-day developing is usually an option and the prices for processing are determined by the length of service – you can choose between same day, one day, or five day processing.
Since this photo lab is owned by Fujifilm, you can also check out the company’s latest photo gear at Annex. Instant cameras and photo printers, fresh film, and even some of their digital cameras and lenses are all on display.
You can learn more at Annex Photo.
Established in 1985, West Camera has been helping film photographers in Toronto develop their photos since before digital cameras were even available.
35mm and 120 film are both processed by West Camera, C-41 color as well as black and white. You can also bring your E-6 slide film, but they only offer cross-processing.
If you’re dealing with 35mm color film, one hour rush processing is an option. Generally, 35mm color takes 2 days and 35mm black and white takes 5 days. 120 color takes 3-5 days and 120 black and white takes 5-7.
Standard photolab services like printing, scanning, and passport photos are also available.
For more information, head to West Camera.
Cabbagetown Location: 434 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 3A2, Canada
Operating two stores in Toronto, Rapid Photo is a straightforward lab that offers film developing, along with other common photo services.
35mm and 120 film are developed at both locations, whether C-41 color or black and white.
You can expect next day service at the Downtown location and same day service at the Cabbagetown store. In 2021, we’d definitely consider next day service to be quite…rapid.
If you need printing, photo gifts, passport photos, or anything else of that nature, Rapid can also help you out.
Check out Rapid Photo to learn more.
Remember how Downtown Camera partners with a local photographer to develop E-6 film? That photographer, David Nardi, runs E6it, a lab focussed solely on processing slide film.
This is a small, one-man operation without a physical location – you can send any type of E-6 film by mail, or drop it off at Downtown Camera.
With fewer and fewer labs developing slide film these days, we love to see that E6it is devoted to keeping the medium alive. Film is always developed in fresh chemistry with the utmost care and attention.
Nardi has recently added drum scanning to the list of services, if you ever want to get the absolute most from your color reversal film (although you can utilize this service for any type of already processed film).
For more information, you can visit E6it.
Digital Photo Lab
Last, but not least, Digital Photo Lab is a low-key spot that handles film developing along with other traditional photo lab offerings.
35mm is the only format that they develop, with the ability to handle C-41 color or black and white film. 35mm slide film can also be cross-processed.
As with many of the other labs on this list, you can find services like printing, scanning, passport photos, etc.
If you’re interested, check out Digital Photo Lab.
Map of Where to Develop Film in Toronto
Do you know any other places to develop film in Toronto? Let us know in the comments if we missed any labs or if you have a favorite!