Developing & Scanning Services

At FilmNeverDie we provide both film developing and film scanning services. We develop a variety of film formats – primarily 35mm (135 format), including disposable cameras, and also 120 (including 220 & 620) format film. Please note however, that we don’t make prints.

 Developing and scanning your film with us is easy. Simply come to our shop (currently at 6 Watertank Way, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, drop your film off with us, fill out a form and pay. Then we'll process your film, send you an email and an SMS with a link to your images hosted online via Dropbox (for those who wanted scans). We also do orders sent via mail and have more information at the bottom of the page under ‘Mail-in Orders’. The cost to develop or develop and scan per type of roll, and the typical turnaround time for each film type is outlined in the table below. Note that with the 'Develop Only' option, we process the film and give you just the negatives back, and do not provide scans nor prints.

 Film Format & Type
Develop Only Develop & Scan (35mm)
Develop & Scan (120/220/620) Typical Turnaround
Colour Negative (C-41) $7 $13 $16 2-3 days
Black & White $12 $18 $20 3-4 days
Slide/Reversal (E-6) $15 $22 $26 5-7 days

For customers who can't make it during our opening hours, there is a 24/7 drop-off box attached to our film vending machine at our CBD shop. Fill out an order envelope (provided nearby) and put your film/order inside the drop-off box. After it has been picked up (collected on most days) and processed, we’ll send you a link to pay for your order via our website.

For more niche film formats such as 110, 126, and 127, please send us an email at shoot@filmneverdie.com to see if we are able to process your order at the time.

- We can scan 35mm sprocket holes for another $25
- We can scan Reto or Nishika film at an extra charge of $15
- Push and Pull Black and White will be an extra $5
- For BMP or extra magnification will be extra $10

For any inquiries regarding payment, please send an email via our helpdesk at shoot@filmneverdie.com.

Film Developing Details:

We process colour negative (C-41/CN-16), black & white and slide/reversal (E-6/CR-56) film. We do not process Kodachrome (K-14), motion picture based film without the removed Remjet layer (ECN-2) or Super 8 film. Colour (C-41) and black & white films are processed in-house. Colour/C-41 orders are developed using a Fujifilm FP363SC processor, while our black & white orders are developed manually via a drum process. We outsource our E-6 development, which is developed via a dip-and-dunk process.

We can push or pull black & white film at no extra cost. We also can push or pull E-6 film at an extra cost of 50% per roll. Please note however, we do not push or pull C-41 film.

Film Scanning Details:

We provide high-resolution scans with the resolution of a typical 35mm image being 5444 by 3649 pixels, while our 120/220 medium format images depend on the negative size (e.g., 6x4.5 vs 6x6 etc.) but is typically 4800 by 3649 pixels @ 72 dpi. Our 35mm film is scanned using a Fujifilm Frontier SP500, while our medium format film is scanned using a Fujifilm Frontier SP3000.

We upload your images to Dropbox and send you a link to an online folder containing your images that you can download to your phone or computer. Don’t worry – you don’t need a Dropbox account to access your images. We can also scan to a USB thumb drive if one is provided to us at no extra cost.

Developing and/or Scanning Pricelist (with Typical Turnaround Times):

Our prices are listed in tables below, separately for 35mm and 120 film. For the other medium format films, i.e., 220/620 format, the prices per roll are the same as that for 120. Note that the prices are per roll, regardless of the number of exposures. I.e., a 220 roll of film is charged at the same rate as a 120 roll of film, and a 35mm, 36 exposure roll will cost the same as a 35mm, 24/27 exposure roll to develop or develop and scan.

Develop Only, Develop & Scan

For 35mm film, our prices per roll:

 35mm Develop Only Develop & Scan Typical/Maximum Turnaround Times*
Colour Negative (C-41) $7 $13 2/3 Days
Black & White $12 $18 3/4 Days
Slide/Reversal (E-6) $15 $22 5/7 Days

 For 120 film, our prices per roll:

 120/220/620 Develop Only Develop & Scan Typical/Maximum Turnaround Times*
Colour Negative (C-41) $7 $16 3/4 Days
Black & White $12 $20 4/5 Days
Slide/Reversal (E-6) $15 $26 6/7 Days

 *Our turnaround times vary – colour negatives are typically processed within two days, black & white in three days, and slide within five days. For any orders with mixed emulsion types, for example, a C-41 and an E-6 order, customers can request to receive the C-41 negatives/scan first if needed. Otherwise, they will usually be sent out once every roll in the order is completed.

For our customers who need faster turnaround times, we offer a rush job service, meaning same-day film developing and or scanning services. This is however, only available for colour negative (C-41) film in both 35mm and 120 formats, at a cost of 50% per roll. Rush job service is available on most days, however, is typically not available during Saturdays or during times of film processor maintenance.

Note that for customers who are subscribed to our scanning membership service, we offer free rush jobs per booked scanning session, for job orders that have four or less rolls to be developed.

We also provide scanning services for customers who have film that they would like scanned, with prices outlined below. These prices depend on both film format, and whether or not they have been cut. 

Film Format Uncut Roll Cut Roll Mounted Slide
35mm  $7 $10 $10 per 24
120/220/620 $10 $10 -

 Our turnaround times for film scanning vary, but are usually done within 2 to 3 days of receiving the order. Please note that for negatives that were previously developed by us, the cost of a scan-only service is the price difference between a develop and scan and develop only job, meaning $6 for a 35mm scan, and $9 for a 120/220/620 scan.

Mail-In Orders

Note that we do develop and can also scan orders that are mailed-in to us. Simply print and fill out this form, accessible via this link:

Mail-In Order Form

Then, send it along with your film in a suitable box or postage envelope to the following address:

Gary Wong
(03) 8899 7586
6 Watertank Way, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Once we receive your film, we’ll calculate the total price of the order based on what you’ve requested to be developed or developed & scanned, and send you a link to our website to pay for your order via email or text with payment instructions.

Once we’ve confirmed your payment, we’ll send out a link with your photos and either hold onto, mail back or dispose of your negatives depending on the option you’ve selected on the order sheet. Please note the option to ship back your negatives will cost $8.5 for any address within Australia.

As always, if you have any queries or need help, feel free to send us an email at shoot@filmneverdie.com