The Melbourne Film Shooter’s Guide

Melbourne has a thriving film shooting community. Whether you are a rusted-on believer in the old ways, or simply film curious, 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

This aims to be an all-inclusive 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.

The urbanlight Australian Film Photographer Index may also interest you.

The Melbourne Massive Photo Lab List

PhotoQ

Here they are, all known Melbourne photo labs in Alphabetical order, including some notes on what they do and where they are.

Bond Imaging

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ph: 03 9429 1299 4-8 Gwynne Street, Cremorne (Richmond)
Services:
C41 35mm, 120, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10 (ceased Mar 2016)
E6: 35mm, 120,4×5, 5×7, 8×10 (ceased Oct 2015)
B&W: Yes (ceased Mar 2016)

Brighton Bay Photos

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ph:  (03) 9596 3708, 351 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186
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ervices:
C41: 110, 120, 135, APS

Colour Factory

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ph: 03-9419 8756, 409–429 Gore Street, Fitzroy
Services:
C41 35mm, 120, 220, 4×5
B&W: 35mm, 120, 4×5
Darkroom printing also available

CPL Digital

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ph: (03) 8376 8376, 117 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne
Services:
C41 35mm, 120, 220
B&W: Yes
Darkroom printing available

Croydon Camera House

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ph: 03 9725 3816, 125 Main Street, Croydon
Services:
C41 110, 135, 120, 220
B&W: 35mm, 120, 220

Dandenong Image Centre

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ph: 03 9791 7262Shop 5/1 Langhorne StDandenong
Services:
C41 135, processing every 2nd week

DigiDIRECT Melbourne

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ph:(03) 9670 6901,  217 Elizabeth St. Melbourne
Services:
C41: 35mm,

Elliott’s Photographic Centre

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ph: (03) 9576 3028, 116 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
Services:
C41 35mm,

Hillvale Photo

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16 Black Street, Brunswick
Please note opening hours, or make use of dropboxes located in CBD and inner north
Services:
C41 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, Disposables
E6: No
B&W: Yes
Mail orders welcome

Jade Studio

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ph: (03) 9584 9632, 60 Florence Street, Mentone
Services:
C41 35mm

L and D One Hour Photo

ph: (03) 9417 4591, 322 Smith Street, Collingwood
Services:
C41 35mm, 120

Lygon Court 1 hour photos

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ph: 03 9347 4792,
Shop 7, Lygon Court S/C, 380 Lygon Street Carlton
Services:
C41 35mm

michael’s Camera and Video

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ph: (03) 9672 2222
Corner Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street Melbourne (263-269 Elizabeth Street)
Services:
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: 35mm, 110, 126, 120, 220, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10
Push/Pull & cross processing available on request

Nelson’s Photography

ph: (03) 9432 1237, | Level 3 Greensborough Plaza
25 Main Street Greensborough
Services:
C41: 135

PEC Photovision

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ph: 9557 0077, 520 Centre Road, Bentleigh
Services:
C41: 35mm

Peninsula Camera Centre

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ph: 03 9781 4677, 32-34 Ross Smith Avenue (east), Frankston
Services:
C41: 35mm, 120
B&W: 35mm, 120

PhotoQ

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Ph: 03 9855 0006 ,143-145 High Street, Kew
Services:
C41: 35mm, 120

Photo Barn Burwood

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ph: (03) 9802 0400, Burwood One Shopping Centre,
Services:
C41: 35mm, 120

Photo Color Imaging Centre

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ph: (03) 9459 5004, Warringal Shopping Centre, Heidelberg
Services:
C41: 35mm, APS 120

Photo Production House

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ph: (03) 9529 6282, 245 High Street, Prahran
Services:
C41: 135, 120, 220
B&W: 135, 120, 220

The Photo Shop

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ph: (03) 9646 2515, 215 Bay St, Port Melbourne
Services:
C41: 135

The Presentation Place

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h:  (03) 9397 1100, 3/17 Douglas Parade, Williamstown
Services:
C41: 135, 120, 220, APS

Prism Imaging

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ph: (03) 9326 6635, 504 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne
Services:
C41: 135, 120
E6: No
B&W: yes
C41 and black and white push processing on request

The Pro Lab

ph: (03) 9826 0391, 209 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Services:
C41: 110, 135, 120, APS
E6: No (ceased E6 in 2016)
B&W: yes

Roylaines

Ph: (03) 5941 1562 | 148 Main Street, Pakenham
also located at 16 Smith Street, Warragul
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Services:
C41: 135, 120, 110, APS
B&W: Yes

Vanbar Imaging

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ph:(03) 9417 5666, 450 Gore Street Fitzroy
Services:
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

 Big W

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Big W have been in the process of switching to a dry lab for some time, services differ from store to store but they are a low cost option worth considering if there’s one near you.

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Melbourne Film Stockists

Most of the labs listed above also stock _some_ film.
Vanbar and Michaels are most likely to have what you need. PhotoQ, also stock more than most.

Other non-lab stockists of film include The Fox Darkroom and Melbourne based online retailer Walken’s House of Film.

Photoresource stock a wide range of films, chemistry and other analogue photo bits. (Aug 2016: Photoresource are now online only, no longer a physical store, otherwise no change to business/products)

Many international web retailers sell film and analogue gear for example – B&H, Adorama and The Impossible Project.

Analogue camera sales

Listed here are places in Melbourne where you can buy analogue camera gear. Most venues deal in second hand equipment

  • Andrews’Antipodean Photographic Emporium
    Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre, (Tyabb)
  • 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 & CBD)
    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.

Camera Clinic

56 Easey Street, Collingwood
ph: (03) 9419 5247

Camera Exchange

17/277-289 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill South
(03) 9898 4999

Shutter-Box

1163 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
ph: (03) 9809 4711

Nagami Camera Service

17 Woodville Road, Mooroolbark
nagamicamera.com.au ph: (03) 9727 3388

Vintech

Level 5, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
vintechcamerarepairs.com.au  ph: (03) 9602 1820

Other organisations you should know about

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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Gold Street Studios

Offering workshops, supplies and resources for large format and alternate process photography. Located in Trentham Victoria
goldstreetstudios.com.au

Melbourne Camera Club

The MCC have been around since 1891, and are worth checking out.
melbournephoto.org.au

Michaels Camera Museum

A fascinating and surprisingly extensive display of photographic equipment. Free to enter (details)

Nano Lab

If you are interested in small gauge motion picture film processing or supplies then Nano Lab is totally up your 8mm alley. (located in Daylesfordm Victoria)
nanolab.com.au

Darkrooms

There has been quite some progress in the availability of darkroom space in Melbourne in recent years.

Strange Neighbour (Fitzroy) Darkroom access is for members, rates are available on their website.

The Fox Darkroom (Kensington) Offering darkroom hire and analogue photo courses. In 2016 they added a gallery space and also stock film and darkroom chems.

Noir Darkroom (Coburg) analogue photography collective opened in April 2017 offering workshops, darkroom time and an exhibition space.

Galleries

There are several galleries in Melbourne that either specialise in photography or almost do.

Mr Alan Adler working on one of the few remaining analogue photo booths
Mr Alan Adler working on one of Melbourne’s few remaining analogue photo booths. The booth was recently moved from the Elizabeth Street Entrance to Flinders Street station to a new spot, still on Flinders Street but a little closer to the main station entrance.

Updates

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.

You may also hunt me down on facebook, twitter, instagram and flickr

63 comments

        1. Thanks Will, yeah am on to Hillvale, they open up at the end of July, doing c41 35mm and 120 initially, with B&W down the track, Quite cheap too, although they wont be open 9-5 as such.

  1. Hey I was just wondering if you had a list of analogue photo booths that still exist around Melbourne? I know there’s one on Chapel Street (well from the last time I checked) but I would love to find some others! Cheers 🙂

    1. Thanks for this, I’d been meaning to mention these in the guide.

      I know the booths at the Elizabeth Street entrance to Flinders Street Station are analogue, and the booth that was located at the top of the escalators near the La Trobe Street and Swanston Street corner of Melbourne Central (the floor where the cinema is) was analogue, but I’d need to check that it’s still in operation and not swapped to a digital booth since all the changes at Melbourne Central.

  2. A few changes to the lab list today.
    We welcome Hillvale – http:://hillvale.com.au
    I’ve added Digi Direct to the list, they are on the old Camera House site corner of Lt Bourke and Elizabeth and still do 35mm priocessing.|
    Updated Jade Studio (mentone) details, there were rumours that they were closing down, but these were false, great news.

    Any other changes or additions, please let me know.

    1. I don’t list prices in the guide at this stage, price is not an indicator of quality – good or bad. If you have a lot to develop most places will do a deal with you so I’d suggest you get in touch with a few labs. Expect to pay $7 for develop only 35mm. At the moment Hillvale are new and reasonably priced. Light Leaks also have a special on Tuesdays which makes their services pretty economical. But please get in touch with labs near you.

  3. Updated Monday 23 Sept 2013:

    1. Added Smith’s Kodak Express Greensborough
    2. Noted that Elizabeth Photo Centre (CBD) is rumoured to be closing down.
    3..Added dropbox link for Hillvale and Light Leaks
    4. Added Twitter accounts for Hillvale and Light Leaks
    5. Added instagram link for Hillvale
    6. Added Ruffian Gallery and Source Photographica to galleries.

    1. Thanks a lot for maintaining this list.

      Unfortunately the Pro Lab on Toorak Rd. seems to have closed / turned into a massage place, at least that’s the impression I got from driving by the other day.

      1. Thanks for the comment Bernd, but I am happy to confirm that The Pro Lab are still there, full service lab. They moved a few doors closer to Chapel Street a year ago (today as it happens) but definitely still at 209 Toorak Road.South Yarra.

    1. Hi Kate, yes I’d like to have that information included, I plan to contact all the labs soon to get updated information and will ask them specifically about “optical” prints. There aren’t many that I’m aware of and none that I have personal experience with but I have heard people mention Bond Imaging still offer this service.

  4. Cool thanks man! Yeah wasn’t sure of the term 🙂 always think it defeats the purpose to shoot with film to have digital prints!!

  5. Added The Instant Camera Guy to the repairers list. Jake recently relocated to Melbourne from Perth, repairs, mods and sells a wide range of instant cameras and also repairs other analogue gear, in particular the Canon A Series (which reminds me, my A1 needs some attention) Facebook

    1. Am now looking to find someone else to print Dad’s fab B&W negs from 60-70 years ago as sadly Borg’s in Moonee Ponds has just recently closed. This website is very helpful and maybe my salvation.

      1. Many of the labs listed will be able to help Dom. It’s worth contacting the labs and getting a price on the lot. Let me know how you get on, best of luck, it’s a rewarding thing to do.

  6. Hi,

    Really loving this guide. I’m getting into film photography, and I was wondering if there was a guide that includes stores that sell film cameras around Melbourne. I really like seeing the physical things before buying them.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Ashan, I’ll update the list with this information once I’ve had a chance to gather it all together, thanks for the question.
      Stores vary depending on whether you are looking for new or used gear, and if new whether you are looking for lomography type products or foilm cameras manufactured by the major digital equipment guys.

      You can check out lomography gear at a few “fashion” stores around town, search for Urban Attitude and Incu. Photo labs and stores that stock cameras include Michaels (mainly second hand or high end new), Camera Lane (mainly second hand), Light Leaks (a bit of everything, mainly new lomo), Filmneverdie.com (mainly new and used instant photography gear).

      There are more, but that’s an off the top of my head start for you.

  7. Acme et al in Yarra Glen not only have a darkroom for hire, but still process and print commercially up to 20×24″ – they only handle B&W. They re-located from Punt Road, South Yarra in ’04 – they were Acme Black + White back then… remember the b+w hereford cow fence? Maybe too long ago, but anyway they’re still around.

    1. Thanks for the information Morgan. I’m in the process of checking the details of everything listed in the photolab section of this page. I’ll add acme to that section soon.

  8. Many thanks for this list. I’m a film shooter, but a Melbs neophyte (from NYC originally, but have lived in NSW for the past 13 years). Heading in for a weekend break at the end of August to meander around town & also check out the BIFB Collection 14 event… and now I have just the guide I need to carry with me. Found my way here from MSM on flickr as I know you folks are always super helpful in this dept.

    Much appreciation.

    Cheers!
    D

    1. Thanks for the note Neil,

      Kmart is worthy of a mention sure particularly if you don’t live near a lab.
      But I’m only listing labs that do some form of processing in house at this stage.
      Kmart, Teds and most of the other major photo retail chains will take your film for you, I’d recommend using a lab on this list however, particularly as many of them will be very happy to take your film via mail order and you can communicate any specific needs you have.

  9. Updates:
    Edmund Pearce Gallery in the Nicholas Building recently announced its closure.
    Borg’s imaging, Moonee Ponds, no longer processing film.

    Cleanup:
    I’ve removed references to several labs that were in the list but marked as closed down.
    (Light Leaks, Elzabeth Street camera centre, Digital Photo Shop)

  10. Also worth noting that the analogue photo booth, which was located at the Elizabeth Street entrance to Flinders Street Station has reappeared a few metres further along Flinders Street, closer to the main station entrance.

  11. A very useful and comprehensive listing. I’ve used a few of the pro-level labs for many years, all the while seeing others come and go (e.g. LaTrobe Studios). Great work Chris!

  12. Hi,
    We are a family run business that processes as well as prints B&W film. We also accept mail order.
    Please check out this website for more details.
    Andrew

  13. Several labs large and small bit the dust in the first half of 2016.
    I’ve removed The Edge (Collingwood/Burwood) and Photobarn Burwood from the list, and a forthcoming audit of the labs will no doubt unearth several other closures.

  14. Added Andrew’s Antipodean Photographic Emporium, located in the Tyabb Packing House. A great source for cameras, accessories and general analogue photo curios.

    Updated the Gallery list to note closure of Ruffian in Fitzroy, and Strange Neighbour in Fitzroy, although Strange Neighbour’s darkroom remains open.

  15. Interesting site. Keep it up. Live in SA, but love getting into the CBD of Melbourne with my film camera’s. To me, a street photographers paradise. Cheers, Peter

  16. Hi, My name is Andrew Wittner and I have a very good b&w film studio/darkroom situation in my home in Heathmont 3135 where I process and print b&w films, both for myself and other people, using traditional equipment including 6x9cm autofocus enlargers onto silver-gelatin fibre-based paper, currently using Ilford’s very good MG FB Warmtone in gloss and semi-matt. I do workshops in b&w photography, processing, and printing, or can process and print for you or with you in my darkroom. Contact me on 0412120166 if I can help!

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