The trend of film photography is well and alive. Though it might seem like a lost art, it is making a comeback among young Malaysians who are picking up film photography as a hobby.
Here is a list of film labs where you can send your rolls to be developed, scanned, and printed.
Note: The prices and turnaround times were correct at the time of publishing, and may vary depending on chemical supply and customer demands.
A major player in the scene, Darkroom8 offers a range of services for the novice to the expert photographer. Tucked away in a neighbourhood in Cheras, this little film lab processes both C-41 film, which comprises most of the film you see and know, and ECN-2 film, more commonly known as motion picture film, initially produced for filmmakers.
In a world where instant gratification with camera phones is the norm, its low prices, fast processing time and expertise is a large pull for those who can't wait to see the results of their shoots. Its shop also has film rolls, cameras and other accessories for sale, perfect for those who need a one stop shop for all your film needs.
Services: Film processing and scanning, express processing and scanning, photo printing, fine art printing, retail
Prices and turnover time:
- C-41 colour film: RM16.80/roll; two working days; express: additional RM10, within four hours
- Black and white film: RM16.80/roll
- ECN-2 colour motion picture film: RM20/roll; three working days; express: additional RM10, next business day
- E-6 slide colour: RM38/roll; one to four weeks
- Photo printing: RM1-10/piece, depending on size and quantity
You may drop off your film rolls at the store or mail them in with a note including your name, email address and phone number in the parcel. Completed scans will be sent back via file transfer on email; you may also opt for your negatives to be collected or posted back to you (extra charge applies).
Darkroom8 | 62, Jalan Galian, Taman Miharja, 55200 Kuala Lumpur | Monday-Sunday, 12pm-6pm