Whether you live on the midwestern plains of North America or in a sleepy village along the New Zealand coast, if you’re out shooting film, you’re probably wondering where to buy it or where to get it developed. For this very reason, I put out a call to my various photography communities to find out where they go. What follows is a list of various labs and supplies on three continents in a variety of cities around the world. Overwhelmingly, North Americans buy their film in the United States and are lucky to have multiple options to choose from. Luckily several labs today in both North America and Europe also accept film from International Clients as well, so don’t despair if you haven’t found your lab yet!
When I first published this post on Mortal Muses three years ago, film seemed to be going the way of the Dodo. I’m happy to report that many of the labs that I listed back then, are still in business, and less than two weeks ago, Kodak announced that it wants to bring back more film!
“As we’ve looked at the professional film market over the last two or three years, we’ve actually seen a resurgence in film sales,” says Dennis Olbrich, president of the imaging, paper, photo chemicals and film division at Kodak Alaris, which took over Kodak’s film photography businesses. “It gave us some confidence to start to look at what films would we consider to bring back into the marketplace.” – speaking with Time Magazine
For now, Kodak plans to bring back Ektachrome, and as much as they’d love to revive Kodachrome, it just doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. In the meantime, we all wait with baited breath to see what other films will be next!
Please add your favorites in comments to share with our community, and I’ll update this post and include them!
Film Sales: Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Digital Truth Photo, Freestyle Photography Supplies,
Lomography, Mel Pierce Camera, Portland Prophoto Supply, Samy’s Camera (Southern CA),
The Impossible Project (Polaroid Film for 600/SX-70/Spectra), Urban Outfitters, Adorama
Film Developing: Indie Film Lab (Accepts film from both US & International Clients),
The Darkroom, Film Box Lab, Little Film Lab, Photoworks SF, theFINDlab,
Film Rescue International (Development for damaged film), Philadelphia Photographics (Philadelphia), Indie Photo Lab (Philadelphia), Richard Photo Lab
London: Sendean Cameras
Dublin, Ireland: John Gunn Camera Shop (Fujifilm Sales & Developing)
Oslo, Norway: Aker Foto (Developing)
Valencia, Spain: Carmencita Film Lab (Film Sales & Devoloping, Accepts film from both Spanish, European & International Clients)
Film Sales (General): lofico
Film Sales & Developing: Photo Warehouse
Film Developing: PCL (Exhibition Quality Printing too)