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Where to Develop Film in Vancouver in 2022.


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Vancouver has a long history of appreciation for the arts. Whether you’re a professional photographer visiting the city or an art student at Emily Carr, you may be wondering the best places for film developing in Vancouver.

Luckily, there are still some great photo labs that process film – you should have no problem finding the best place for your needs after checking out the list below. 

We’ve included which types of film are developed at each spot, as well as a map of their locations. 

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The LAB

Location: 295 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1B8, Canada

Originally opening their doors in 1996, The LAB has been a longstanding choice for film photographers in Vancouver. You can expect quick service and a high level of quality when it comes to film developing.

The LAB is able to process just about any type of film you’re interested in shooting. 35mm, 120, and large format are all developed in house, whether it is C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film.

While many labs have reduced the frequency of developing certain types of film, The LAB processes all types of film Monday thru Friday. If you’re lucky, you can often get your photos back in as little as three hours. 

You’ll have two sizes of scans available when you get your film back, and if you shoot a lot of black and white, you may be interested to know that they process in Ilford DD Developer. 

For more information, you can visit The LAB.

ABC Photo

Location: 472 W 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1Y4, Canada

Serving the Vancouver community for over five decades, ABC Photo has a history of producing pro-quality work. Originally catering to professional portrait and wedding photographers, it wasn’t until 9 years after opening that they began working with amateur photographers, as well. 

As a professional lab, it’s no surprise that ABC can help you develop whatever type of film you shoot. Black and white, color, and slide film are all processed. This goes for 35mm, 120 medium format, and large format. 

If you’re looking for more than just film developing, this is a great spot for high-end printing and photo-finishing, as well. 

You can find out more at ABC Photo.

Rocket Reprographics

Location: 403 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E5, Canada

Somewhat of a hidden gem on this list, you may not have heard of Rocket Reprographics. Even a quick scan of their website will show that their main focus is professional headshots for actors, musicians, etc. 

Luckily, Rocket Repro operates a great photo lab that still develops film. 35mm and 120 are both processed, whether C-41 color or black and white. E-6 Slide film is accepted, but heads up, they only offer cross processing for this type.

Plenty of photographers in Vancouver trust their film with Rocket Repro, and hey, if you ever decide to become an actor, you’ll already have a spot to get your headshots. 

Check out Rocket Reprographics to learn more. 

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Kerrisdale Cameras

Location: 2170 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 1Z5, Canada (Main Location)

The oldest entry on this list, Kerrisdale has been around since 1961 and now operates a total of seven stores in greater Vancouver and Victoria. Effectively the largest photo retailer in Western Canada, Kerrisdale operates full-service photo shops – film developing is just one (small) aspect of what they do. 

35mm and 120 color film is processed on site at their main location on 41st Ave. If you visit one of the other locations, and drop off your color film, it will be sent to the main store, which (obviously) means there will be a longer wait to get your photos back. 

Black and white and E-6 slide film are accepted, although they don’t process these types themselves. Instead, they send both to The LAB for processing. 

If you use the main location, film is processed quickly, often within a few hours. While the wait will be longer, it may still be a good option to drop off your rolls at one of the other stores if one is located more conveniently to you. 

Unlike the other places to develop film in Vancouver, Kerrisdale offers anything else photography related that you may need – new cameras and lenses, accessories, repairs, trade-ins, etc. 

You can find more information at Kerrisdale Cameras.

Burnaby Location: 4429 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2A1, Canada

North Vancouver Location: 1833 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2J8, Canada

Richmond Location: 11380 Steveston Hwy #145, Richmond, BC V7A 5J5, Canada

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London Drugs

London Drugs stores are a mainstay in Western Canada – why in Canada and not in…London? Not a clue. With 19 locations in the greater Vancouver area, you’ll most likely have a store in your vicinity, though. 

While drugstores in the United States have mostly stopped developing film (more on that here), we love to see that London Drugs has continued offering the service. Would we send our film to a drugstore over a dedicated photo lab? Not usually. That said, it’s still a valid (and convenient) option for film photographers in Vancouver.

London Drugs accepts any type of 35mm film or disposable camera – C-41 color, black and white, and even slide film. You can also get scans and prints made, including from 120 film, as long as it’s already processed. 

About 75% of their stores still process film on site and can usually return your film in an hour – the remaining send film to another store and it usually takes 2-3 days. Only one location (41st and Victoria) handles all of the slide film processing for the company. 

You can find more information, including a full list of locations and which stores offer 1-Hour processing at London Drugs

Map of the Best Places for Film Developing in Vancouver

Note: Dedicated photo labs are indicated by a red icon, London Drugs locations are blue.

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Anywhere Else?

Did we miss any spots to develop film in Vancouver? If you know anywhere else, please let us know in the comments! 

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