Melbourne has a thriving film shooting community. Whether you are a rusted-on believer in the old ways, or simply film curious, then living in or visiting this city gives you an opportunity to buy gear, meet other like-minded folk or just get your analogue fix.
The Melbourne Film Shooter’s guide is a record of where to go to get your analogue desires met. This page contains the Melbourne
Massive Photo :Lab List, Melbourne Film Suppliers, Analogue aware service centres and other organisations you should know about.
This is a simple list. It is not a set of hand-picked recommendations. I do try and keep this information current but please contact labs you discover via this list to check opening hours and services offered before heading across town as things are ever changing.
If you are aware of any errors or omissions, please do get in touch and through the magic of 20/20 hindsight all will be made good.
Massive Photo Lab List
Here they are, all known Melbourne photo labs in Alphabetical order, including some notes on what they do and where they are.
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ph: 03 9429 1299 4-8 Gwynne Street, Cremorne (Richmond)
C41 35mm, 120, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
E6: 35mm, 120,4×5, 5×7, 8×10
(Film processing only on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Borg’s Digital Photo Express
ph: (03) 9370 4669, 95 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
C41: 110, 120, 135, APS
Croydon Camera House
Dandenong Image Centre
Digital Photo Place (closed 2014)
The Edge Photo Imaging
Elizabeth Photo Centre (closed March 2014)
Elliott’s Photographic Centre
Elsternwick Camera Centre
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16 Black Street, Brunswick
Please note opening hours, or make use of dropboxes located in CBD and inner north
C41 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, Disposables
E6: Yes, outsourced
B&W: Yes, outsourced
Mail orders welcome
L and D One Hour Photo
ph: (03) 9417 4591, 322 Smith Street, Collingwood
C41 35mm, 120
Light Leaks (closed March 2014)
Lygon Court 1 hour photos
michael’s Camera and Video
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ph: (03) 9672 2222
Corner Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street Melbourne (263-269 Elizabeth Street)
C41: 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
E6: 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
B&W: 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
Push/Pull & cross processing available on request
Mini Lab Photo First
ph:(03) 9574 6118, 276 Springvale Road, Springvale
Services: confirmation required
Mordialloc 1 hour photo (closing down)
ph:(03) 9587 3805, Shop 1/ 600 Main St, Mordialloc
Peninsula Camera Centre
Photo Barn Burwood
Photo Production House
The Photo Shop
ph: (03) 9646 2515, 215 Bay St, Port Melbourne
E6: No B&W: No
The Pro Lab
ph: (03) 9826 0391, 209 Toorak Road, South Yarra
C41: 110, 135, 120, APS
E6: 135, 120,
Smith’s Kodak Express
ph: (03) 9432 1237, | Level 1 Greensborough Plaza 25 Main Street Greensborough
E6: No B&W: No
Top Colour Kodak Express
ph: (03) 9802 7722,
423 Blackburn Road Mount Waverley
C41: 135, 120
E6: No B&W: No
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ph:(03) 9417 5666, 450 Gore Street Fitzroy
C41: 110, 126, 127, 35mm, 120, 220, APS
C41 4×5 and push pull also possible on request
E6: 126, 127 35mm, 120, 220, 4×5,
B&W: 110, 127, 35mm, 120, 220, 4×5, 8×10
C22: On request
B&W Reversal: all formats to 4×5
Worthy of mention but as they don’t process in store not technically a lab, but they do offer next day service on 35mm.
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Melbourne Film Stockists
Recently Film For Sale (ffs.org) launched.
They aim to get better prices from local wholesalers. Early signs are quite positive.
Analogue camera sales
Listed here are places in Melbourne where you can buy analogue camera gear. Most venues deal in second hand equipment
- Australian Photographic Collectors Society
Hold camera markets in Box Hill in March and September
- Camera Exchange (Box Hill)
Wide range of items available, their website has details
- Camera Lane (CBD)
Window on Little Bourke Street displays second hand gear
- Croydon Camera House (Croydon)
Broad range of lomography, polaroid and classic camera gear
Their ebay store lists most items for sale
- Flimneverdie (Parkville)
Stock mostly (but not solely) instant cameras, classic and new.
- michaels camera & Video (CBD)
Windows on Lonsdale Street display second hand gear, also a good place to meet other film shooters.
- Peony Garden (CBD)
283 Little Lonsdale Street
No website, no phone,… (think Portlandia)
A bit of a Melbourne curiosity, only open for an hour or two a day, has two cabinets of interesting film cameras at the back of the store. The rest of the store contains miscellaneous analogue or unidentifiable items.
Analogue aware camera repairers
Several repairers will be able to assist with repairs of analogue gear.
56 Easey Street, Collingwood
ph: (03) 9419 5247
17/277-289 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill South
(03) 9898 4999
The Instant Camera Guy
1163 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
shutterbox.com.au ph: (03) 9809 4711
Nagami Camera Service
17 Woodville Road, Mooroolbark
nagamicamera.com.au ph: (03) 9727 3388
Level 5, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
vintechcamerarepairs.com.au ph: (03) 9602 1820
Other organisations you should know about
Melbourne Silver Mine Inc.
The Silver Mine are a non profit analogue photo collective. They hold exhibitions, meetups and other social events. If you live in Melbourne and are into analogue cameras and the occasional beer, you should at the very least familiarise yourself with them.
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Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
The Asia Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) a not-for-profit open-access physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online.
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Melbourne Camera Club
The MCC have been around since 1891, and are worth checking out.
Michaels Camera Museum
A fascinating and surprisingly extensive display of photographic equipment. Free to enter (details)
If you are interested in small gauge motion picture film processing or supplies then Nano Lab is totally up your 8mm alley.
(not technically in Melbourne, but we will make an exception here due to amazingness)
There has been quite some progress in the availability of darkroom space in Melbourne in recent months.
ACME ET AL in Yarra Glen have a commercial darkroom available for hire.
The Fox Darkroom in Kensington is currently under construction. Expecting to open September 2014.
Several Melbourne Silver Mine members run darkrooms and they occasionally make them available to members of the group or the public. Their flickr forum is a good place to ask for what’s out there, or email email@example.com
There are several galleries in Melbourne that either specialise in photography or almost do.
- Edmund Pearce (CBD)
- Monash Gallery of Art (Wheelers Hill)
- Centre for Contemporary Photography (Fitzroy)
- Photonet Gallery (Fairfield)
- Source Photographica (Brighton)
- Ruffian Gallery and Studio (Footscray)
- Strange Neighbour (Fitzroy)
Check out the urbanlight what’s on guide for a complete list of photographic shows and events in Melbourne
This Guide is maintained by Chris Zissiadis, keen film snapper and shooter of Melbourne things.
Please let me know of any errors, omissions or new stuff. Email me, or leave a comment below.