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Can Anyone Breakdown Film Developing in the GTA?

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Can Anyone Breakdown Film Developing in the GTA?

I'm looking into different film developing services in the GTA. I've really only had them done at two places, but I am hoping we can create a bit of a database here from different users. Has anyone got stuff done at Costco, Black's, Henry's, Image Works, Superstore, etc. and care to share their experience?

Downtown Camera
- $5 a roll, develop only (no scans)
- Can normally do it an an hour, but not all the time
- B&W is slightly more expensive and takes one week

Shoppers Drug Mart (select locations)
- $2.99 a roll with low resolution scans (at about 1500px wide)
- C41 processing only
- Typically can pick-up in one hour
- I have had most of my rolls done at the Yonge and King location but recently have noticed weird things (like lines that run across the image or weird artifacts in the skies) appearing on my scans

Black's (based on Yonge/Shepard location)
- $7 develop only, $5 scans to CD

Toronto Image Works
- $8 develop only for 35mm BW or colour, $5.45 for 120 film (BW or colour)
- $6.60 for scans (35mm)

Pacific Mall (south entrance)
- 1-hour C-41 processing for $2-3
- With scans about $5
- 24 exp with prints (no scans) $7

My Condo
- develops B&W beside kitchen sink
- not tested
- price negotiable
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Costco has dropped all C-41 processing.

There is a shop in Pacific Mall near the south entrance that does 1 hour C-41 for $2-$3; seems to get good notices.

Toronto Image Works, 80 Spadina Avenue, is a class act, with the best quality European dip and dunk processors, and a full range of C-41, E-6, and B&W up to sheet film size. They are pricey, but there is little chance of scratches, or out of control chemical plots.
http://www.torontoimageworks.com/film_processing.html

I would really recommend doing B&W at home, for ultimate process control. You can do several rolls at once, maybe 5 in 20 minutes plus drying time.
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+1 for Pacific Mall. The prices there are the best, and the old folks who run the place are super nice.

A 24exp colour roll of film with prints, no scans, is $6.80.

I think with scans it's $5.

Don't know about developing only though, I have yet to do develop only. I got lazy to take my rolls in.
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Black's at Yonge/Sheppard (Sheppard Centre) is $7 for develop only and $5 for Scan to CD.

For me its the most convenient location since I work across the street. They're the only Black's store who are still running wet lab. The superstore locations have wet labs alongside their dry labs.
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Black's at Yonge/Sheppard (Sheppard Centre) is $7 for develop only and $5 for Scan to CD.

For me its the most convenient location since I work across the street. They're the only Black's store who are still running wet lab. The superstore locations have wet labs alongside their dry labs.
How large are the scans in terms of px?
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jayt90 wrote:
May 7th, 2012 7:32 pm
Costco has dropped all C-41 processing.

What! That is nuts. My boy Eric Kim gets rolls done in LA for $5 - developed and scans at about 3500px wide. Dang!
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neltron3030 wrote:
May 7th, 2012 9:52 pm
How large are the scans in terms of px?

1800 by 1200 ish

they can do base 16 scan but i don't know the staff there well enough to get it for free....when I used to work at blacks and when we had the wet lab i would do base 16....but problem was the computer kept on crashing or the line scanner dying mid way. Extremely time consuming.

i have access to a Canon Canoscan 9900 so if I have time, i use that.
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How much is it for a develop + scan at Downtown Camera? $10/roll? And do they only scan the negatives?
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My Condo
- develops B&W beside kitchen sink
- not tested
- price negotiable

Upfront cost is about $60-70 plus a decent scanner ($250+) but extremely economical only if you shoot alot of B&W film.

I followed these instructions: http://chromogenic.net/develop

It looks intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it DIY satisfaction is worth it!
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I am in GHA (greater Hamilton area), still pretty close to GTA, so I'm posting my findings here. I just ordered a nice copy of Canon EOS-5 from ebay (the reason: I want to get the full potential from my full frame expensive portrait lens Canon 135mm f2.0L for cheap; I have a crop camera, Canon 50D; the cheapest digital FF option would be Canon 5D Classic, can be found for 600$ locally; my EOS-5 was 110$ all in). So now I am shopping for everything related to film photography.

C41 (development only):
- Shoppers Drug Mart: two locations - @ Mohawk / Up. Wellington, and @ Mud Str.: 3$ on site
- Walmart @ Up. James / Fennel: 5$ on site, 1 hour, afternoons only
- Henry's @ Ancaster: 7.50$ (24exp) / 8$ (36 exp), 1 week
- Pro One Hour Photo @ 116 King St W Suite 2: 8$, 2 days
- Black's : ~8$, ~1 week; on site at Dundas Black's

The SDM is the cheapest here.
Update: I just developed my first film at SDM at Mohawk (3$; Fujifilm 400), and the quality is fine.

Batteries:
- Dollar store @ King / Walnut: 5$ 2CR5, 4$ CR5 (Duracell; expiry 2014)
- Ebay: 3.80$ 2CR5

Film:
- Kodak Gold 100 (36exp.): 2.15$ per film + ~8$ S/H at B&H
- Kodak Ektar 100 (36 exp.): 5.25$ per film + ~8$ S/H at B&H
- Kodak Portra 160 (36 exp.): 6$ per film + ~8$ S/H at B&H
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Film:
- Kodak Gold 100 (36exp.): 2.15$ per film + ~8$ S/H at B&H
- Kodak Ektar 100 (36 exp.): 5.25$ per film + ~8$ S/H at B&H
- Kodak Portra 160 (36 exp.): 6$ per film + ~8$ S/H at B&H
$8 shipping kills the deal, where do you guys shop for film?
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Pacific Mall (south entrance)
- 1-hour C-41 processing for $2-3
- With scans about $5
- 24 exp with prints (no scans) $7
OP, is that $5 for processing and scan without prints? or $5 extra on top of the $3 processing?

Does this Pacific Mall store (DNP camera) sell film in good price as well?
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$8 shipping kills the deal, where do you guys shop for film?


Shipping is $12 at Freestyle. http://www.freestylephoto.biz/c1100-Color-Negative-Film
I plugged in 20 rolls of Arista, and it was still $12.
Their customer service is good. I called to ask about X-ray problems and they said they have not had any when shipping to a major city.
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At B&H, shipping doesn't kill the deal as long as you order at least 5 rolls of film. E.g., 5 rolls of Kodak Portra 160 comes to 45$ all in, or 9$ per roll. For 10 rolls it's 7.90$ per roll, and so on.

With Kodak Gold 100 36exp. all in price is 3.55$ per film when you buy 10. This is equivalent to a pre-tax price of 3.14$ per roll here in Ontario - I don't think you can find these prices around.
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I am looking to get b&w 120 film developed. Is there anyone else toronto image works who can do it for cheap?

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