Where to mail 35mm film for developing?
March 21, 2011 1:00 PM   Subscribe

Yes, it's true, there are still Luddites out here using 35mm film. The local concern which still develops films charges a queen's ransom to do so. Can anyone recommend a mail-in film developing lab which does good quality work, is reliable and is at least somewhat reasonable as far as price? (Costco in this area has stopped taking film...sigh). (can't think of any snowflakes to add).
posted by Ginesthoi to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (12 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Walmart has some pretty reasonable prices and they'll even put it on a CD for you.

They are the place I took my last rolls to. As long as you're ok with waiting a week to get your pictures. :)
posted by jillithd at 1:08 PM on March 21, 2011

My lab is now Photoworks SF, they're reasonably quick, reliable and I find their pricing decent. They pay postage for sending film in, too.
posted by tommasz at 1:14 PM on March 21, 2011 [2 favorites]

Walmart, definitely.

There's an affordable mail order place called Dwaynes Photo that I used for 120 film once, they were cheap, but mediocre compared to other labs.

Film developing is getting more exclusive and pricey.
posted by tremspeed at 1:17 PM on March 21, 2011

For e6 (color slides) I use a&i mailers. Buy them from B&H photo though, they're slightly cheaper.
posted by JohnR at 1:55 PM on March 21, 2011

Check your local Target. The Costco photo guy told me just yesterday that they've stopped offering it but the Target next door still does, and it's only a dollar more than Costco used to charge.
posted by Dragonness at 2:04 PM on March 21, 2011

Not to be a plug for my job or anything but I work for photoworks! if you want to send us your film you can memail me and I will give you the special treatment. (this goes for anyone else if you are interested).
posted by ruhroh at 2:24 PM on March 21, 2011 [5 favorites]

For standard negative film snapfish.com has been reliable and not exorbitant.
posted by sammyo at 3:22 PM on March 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Be careful using Walmart. Some friends of ours lost several rolls of film after sending them to Walmart and never saw them again and never got the prints.
posted by rwheindl at 5:00 PM on March 21, 2011

Correction: they took them to Walmart, it wasn't a mail issue or anything.
posted by rwheindl at 5:01 PM on March 21, 2011

I love the dip and dunk (no scratches from being pulled through on rollers) job that Samy's does on E6
posted by Brian Puccio at 5:27 PM on March 21, 2011

I am not sure how much a queen's ransom is for film processing or where you're located but I work at Dan's Camera City in PA and we still process neg, slide and traditional black and white film. We do mail order services and have lots of customers that are mail order only.

There is also Color Services in Needham, MA. They do awesome, awesome work!
posted by godshomemovies at 6:11 PM on March 21, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks a million everybody....I appreciate your suggestions and look forward to trying them.
posted by Ginesthoi at 12:46 PM on March 24, 2011

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