35MM & 120 MEDIUM FORMAT FILM DEVELOPING NEAR ME
Film development by mail is also available - see FAQ below for instructions.
PLEASE READ THE FAQ (scroll down), EVEN IF YOU ARE A REGULAR CUSTOMER, FOR UPDATES
How do I get my films processed?
- Please place the order online. If you want your order shipped to you, be sure to select the appropriate shipping option.
Once you receive an order confirmation, call or text Pino Shah at +1 (956) 492-7140 to schedule a time to drop off your film. Drop-off is Monday through Friday, 11-7p BY APPOINTMENT. It has to be received by 1p on Monday to go in that week's batch. Any films received after 1p on Monday will go out in the following week's batch. Economy film processing is on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
- Please follow the same process as #2 above to pick up your negatives and prints (if ordered) unless you have made alternate mailing arrangements (see FAQ above).
For films dropped off before 1p on Monday, scans will usually be ready after 3 pm on Thursday (if 4-day service is ordered). For the 7-day service, the scans will be ready Tuesday of the following week. Due to Covid-19 or weather impacting courier services, these timelines are not guaranteed but are a 'best effort.'
What kind of films do you process?
We process 35mm films, 120 medium format films, and 4x5 large format sheets. In color (C41), black and white (BW), disposable cameras, and slide films (E6). We also process 110, 126, 127, C22, and all other film formats. Pricing and turnaround for these will be quoted upon request.
Do you return the negatives?
Yes, we do. If you prefer that we destroy the negatives, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to authorize us.
Do you provide scans or digital copies of my processed films?
Yes, we share them through Google Drive, so you must use your Google ID when placing the order to avoid delays or experiencing problems accessing the images we share with you. The images are only shared with your email ID; they are not publicly accessible. Your images are yours, and they stay private.
Alternatively, you can bring a zip drive or USB memory stick when you pick the negatives up, and we can - at no added cost - copy the scans over for you. If you would like a CD copy of the images, it is $10 additional.
How long will it take to get my film processed?
There are three levels of pricing. One is for five (4) business days (not calendar), another is for seven (7) business days (not calendar), and the third is for twenty-one (21) days. 21-day service is only available for 35mm C41 color film. 21-day special pricing must be paid through Zelle to Deval Shah, (956) 492-7140.
All options require the films to be dropped off before 1p on a Monday.
The 4-business-day, 7-business-day, and 21-day turnarounds are based on best efforts meaning that due to Covid-19, weather delays, etc., we may not always be able to meet those timelines, but we will make our best effort to deliver them within those timeframes. Both of those timeframes are for the delivery of scans only. Prints ordered or negatives to be returned will be approximately ten(10) business days for all orders.
Can you push/pull my film?
Yes, the price for push/pull is $5 per stop.
Can you provide prints of my film pictures?
Yes, please select the appropriate option when placing the order. The economical option is to order developing + scans and then pick only those images you want to print. Since you will have digital images, you can get the pictures printed at a place of your choice.
Prints from existing negatives are quoted upon request, and prices vary based on size and paper selection.
Can you provide same-day development and/or scanning?
Yes, it is expensive to do so. For same-day Film Developing and/or Scanning, add a 100-300% surcharge depending on selected services. Same-day service is not available for Advantix or 110. For Advantix APS, select 35mm as the option.
Can I order film development through the mail? Can I drop the films off but receive my negatives back by mail? Do you provide mail-order film development?
Yes, we do. You can pay for a pre-paid label (to mail us the films to be developed) with tracking by clicking here. We will email you the label, print it, put it on a padded envelope, and drop it in the mail. If you prefer using your label, the address is:
ATTENTION: FILM DEVELOPING
500 E. Camellia Ave #12
McAllen, Texas 78501
Please note that unless you have selected your order to be shipped back to you, you will be responsible for pick-up at the location mentioned above. We will notify you when it is ready for pickup and schedule an appointment Mo-Fr, 11-7p CT.
What makes your film lab developing services different?
- For color (C41) and BW, we use a dip-n-dunk process which minimizes contact with the film, thereby minimizing the possibility of scratching on the film.
- We use Noritsu scanners, and unlike most other labs that provide low-resolution scans, we provide enhanced or medium-resolution scans that allow you to enlarge your print images to 8x10 - 11x14. Dust is dust. It is not a retro look. Professional labs have systems in place to minimize dust.
- If you are a newbie learning film photography, this one is critical - if you go to folks that offer hand-developing, unlike machine developing, you will not get consistent results from one roll to the next. So, you are always left guessing whether it is your photography that is off or if it is the person developing the film. So, modifying your shooting parameters based on a hand-developed film (especially on C41 and E6) is an unreliable variable in your learning of film photography.
- If you are learning film photography, we provide feedback on any or all of your images upon request. We will Coach you on where & how to improve based on your learning goals and suggest films to consider. Online film development places view you as a transaction and don't provide this valuable service.
Do you sell films?
We sell 35mm, 120 medium format, and 4x5 sheet films. 30+ varieties of 35mm and 120 films are available. If you stop by in person, we can show you what different films will look when printed. The film is an analog medium, and it is only logical to see it in the format it is intended to be ultimately displayed in - prints.
Do you sell film cameras?
Yes, we sell film cameras, but our cameras are priced higher than what you will find online because:
- they include a 30-day warranty.
- lifetime support to answer your film photography questions during our working hours.
- We take the time to understand your film photography needs and goals. You are not just a transaction to us. We want your film photography journey to be as rewarding to you as it has been for us.
Image credit https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/