Where to Develop Film in Perth in 2023.
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Western Australia is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and it’s capital city is no exception. If you’re an analogue photographer looking for the best places to develop film in Perth, your search is officially over.
Whether you’re brand new to shooting film, or returning to the medium after a hiatus, you should have no problem finding your new favorite photo lab.
Check out the list below, including everywhere that still develops film in Perth – we’ve included which types of film are accepted by each lab and a map of where to find them.
It only makes sense to start our list with one of the oldest places to offer film developing in Perth. Fitzgerald Photo has been serving the local community since 1967.
Boasting one of the most thorough lists of film-related services, Fitzgerald can develop 35mm, 120, and even large format film. Both C-41 colour and black and white. It’s worth noting that this is one of the only shops in town that accepts large format film.
Aside from film developing, you can find film for sale, printing, framing, and just about any other service you’d expect from a professional photo lab.
While we love supporting long standing photo labs that have weathered the digital camera revolution, we’re also thrilled to see so many new, film-focussed labs popping up across the globe.
Silver Halide Studios definitely fits in with the latter. Film developing is the name of the game and that’s just about all they do. That’s fine by us – 95% of the time, developing is all we need from a lab.
35mm and 120 medium format film are both accepted, whether C-41 colour, black and white, or E-6. You should know that Silver Halide Studios is one of the few places that develops slide film in-house.
Rush processing is available if you need it and you can stock up on fresh film stocks while you’re dropping off your finished rolls.
Part photo lab, part used camera dealer, Stop Down Film Co should be on the radar of any film photographers in Perth.
As far as film processing, C-41 colour, black and white, and slide film are all processed in-house. They can develop disposable cameras, 35mm, and 120 film.
Stop Down’s selection of used cameras is a huge draw. All cameras are refurbished, film tested, and come with a 30-day guarantee. They have a great selection of both SLRs and point and shoot film cameras.
While this business is based out of Perth, it’s worth noting that they no longer have a physical location and only operate online.
Another new kid on the block, Lab West develops disposable cameras and film in Perth. A unique offering from this lab is the addition of cinematic film processing alongside standard, photographic film.
35mm, 120, and 4×5 film are all processed on-site. Both C-41 colour and black and white are accepted. As noted above, ECN-2 (cinema) film can also be developed.
If you get scans with your developing, you’ll have three options of file types. Lab West also stocks fresh film and photo zines.
Offering fine art services for photographers and artists, Churchill Imaging can help you with most photo-related needs.
For starters, they still develop 35mm and 120 film, whether it’s colour or black and white. E-6 slide film is accepted, although processing is outsourced.
Any type of printing, including large-format and canvas, can be accomplished. They also offer custom framing, photo restoration, and a gallery for hire, if you’re interested in showing off some of your photos.
With most photo labs having incredibly dull, generic names, we love to see people having more fun. One of the newest places to develop film in Perth is Focus Pocus.
A small operation run by a passionate film photographer, you can bring your 35mm colour and black and white film for developing. Black and white is developed by hand.
Film is usually processed quickly, and you can also find a good selection of used film cameras. If you can’t make it during business hours, just drop your film in the 24/7 dropbox located outside of the lab.
Established decades before most of the labs on this list, Broadway Digital has been developing film in Perth since 1974.
Both 35mm and 120 medium format film can be processed. Black and white and C-41 colour are both handled in-house.
Aside from film developing, you can find just about any other standard photo lab services – printing, framing, passport photos, etc.
Leederville Cameras is a full-service photo shop that also develops film. They carry all of the latest gear and accessories alongside their photo lab.
35mm film developing is available, both colour and black and white. The photo lab can also help you with printing, scanning, repairs, and rentals.
DigiDirect is a photo shop chain with five locations across the country. Each store sells photographic equipment and accessories while also operating a photo lab.
35mm colour film is the only type that can be developed at DigiDirect. The two locations in Sydney also develop black and white film, so they may be able to send it for you, but with so many other options, we’d recommend going somewhere local instead.
With a staggering 54 stores across the country, Camera House operates five locations in Western Australia alone. Chances are, there’s a store somewhere near you.
The majority of stores still offer film developing, although only for colour film. The services at each location may differ, so it’s best to give them a call to confirm.
Map of Film Developing in Perth
Do you know any other good places to develop film in Perth? Do you have a favorite on this list? Let us know in the comments!