Picture perfect: Where to get your film developed in Toronto

For the professional shooter or for those disposable cameras you have kicking around from WayHome, these film processing and developing shops in Toronto have you covered from east to west, for amateurs and professionals alike. [Image credit: iStock.com/ChamilleWhite]

Toronto Image Works

1
80 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2J4

Toronto Image Works is a hip photo studio offering film processing, scanning, reproduction, retouching, printing and more. Among their clients are some seriously talented Canadian photographers, but don’t let that intimidate you – Image Works is a place for amateurs too. With beginner-level photography courses and helpful staff, this is the place to gain some knowledge and start your journey into the world of film. Image Works is also famous for its killer return times. From Monday to Friday when you get your stuff in by noon, it’s out by 6 pm the same day.

Downtown Camera

2
89 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S1

Known for its stellar selection of camera bodies, lenses and film, Downtown Camera also processes film at great rates. Bring your colour and black-and-white film to this unassuming shop on Queen Street East. If you can’t make it out to the east end, use their mail-in service and send your film by post. Downtown Camera has a modest storefront presence but it packs a knowledgeable punch. Chat up staff and get some practical advice from fellow photographers.

West Camera

3
514 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B3

A west ender’s go-to spot for film development, West Camera offers film processing and printing out of their store on Queen Street West. They’re known for their one-hour development service, so feel free to drop your shots off and wander around Queen West while you wait. Plus, if you’re just getting into photography, the West Camera staff are super informed, patient and eager to lend a hand with beginners.

Annex Photo

4
362 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X2

Annex Photo & Digital Imaging offers a range of printing services as well as black-and-white and colour film processing. Annex Photo processes 35mm, 120, 120 and 126 film, checking each negative by hand to ensure high quality imaging. Turnaround times vary by film, so be sure to check the comprehensive pricing list on their website.

Northern Artist Film Labs

5
44 St Clair Ave E, Toronto, ON M4T 1M9

Northern Artists ProLab offers same-day film processing as well as mail-in services for those who live outside the city. Their passionate, dedicated team is made up of knowledgeable tech professionals and photographers, and they’re known around town as industry veterans. It’s no wonder, considering they’ve been in the printing and processing business for over 25 years.

Niagara Custom Lab

6
182A Saint Helens Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 4A1

Niagara Custom Lab is a full-service motion pictures film lab offering postproduction services for celluloid. This resilient business has been open since the ‘90s, weathering multiple location moves to provide artists, filmmakers and analog film enthusiasts with custom film for their individual needs. Today Niagara Custom Lab finds its home in Brocktown village, in an off-the-beaten-path studio space on St. Helens Avenue.

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