Melbourne Film, Processing, and Support Services
Despite massive increases in the cost of film over the past few years, we have a very active film photography community in Melbourne. Younger people are well served by the Melbourne Silver Mine who have regular group outings and get together’s, and offer darkroom facilities and bulk film purchases. More mature people have organisations such the Melbourne Camera Club who own their own building in South Melbourne. Between those groups are the sixty or so regional camera clubs and societies. This is a directory of Melbourne Film, Processing, and Support Services. We offer no guarantee or recommendations as to the actual quality of services provided.
Unfortunately, the availability of film and processing is dwindling. While you can still buy colour print film at most chemists and supermarkets, you will need to contact more specialised places for black and white film. Processing your own black and white film is fairly easy, but the cost is high for small volumes. It is actually less expensive to have a specialist do it for you.
Buying a decent film camera is not that easy, there is either the inexpensive Lomo’s at the bottom end or the expensive Voitlander, and ultra-expensive Leica and the other end. That leaves used examples. There are a number of outlets that sell used equipment, from the weird and wonderful Peony Garden to the twice yearly markets at Box Hill Town Hall. We are also well served by repairers such as Nagami Camera Service – Yoshi travels home to Japan regularly for rare parts etc.
50 Lux updates this page when we hear of changes. Nonetheless, we recommend that you contact the organisations – at the very least check their web sites – before making a special trip. This list changes all the time, and whist a shop may still exist, specialist staff come and go.
Last Updated: September 2016
- Laboratory List
- Melbourne Film Suppliers (and those who stock chemicals and paper)
- Equipment service centres
- other organisations you should know about.
All places listed process film processing on site. Some places such as CPL will do traditional chemical based printing as well.
Processing is no-longer listed on their web site and one of the buildings has been sold off.
Brighton Bay Photos
ph: (03) 9596 3708,
351 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186
C41: 110, 120, 135, APS
B & W: No
Notes: Standard chemist style photolab. Will still process 110 and APS films if you have some in a drawer.
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ph: (03) 8376 8376, 117 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne
C41: 135, 120, 220
Notes: Chemical based printing is available – this can be done to archival exhibition standard. Film is processed once a week – 4PM Thursday cut off time, and is now subject to volume.
Croydon Camera House
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ph: (03) 9725 3816, 125 Main Street, Croydon
C41: 110, 135, 120, 220
E6: Yes: offsite
B&W: 35mm, 120, 220
Notes: A good range of film types, including 4×5 for the time being. Supply all darkroom needs for schools, so can get almost anything associated with the darkroom. Although Dean Jones has retired, there is still a good selection of used equipment available. E-bay store has used and ex-demo stock that can be bargain’s. Camera equipment can be dropped off and picked up for servicing by Yoshi at Nagami Camera Service.
Dandenong Image Centre
The Edge Photo Imaging
Elliott’s Photographic Centre
Fairfield Photo Express
ph:(03) 9489 0401, 121 Station St, Fairfield VIC 3078
Notes: Kodak style minilab.
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16 Black Street, Brunswick
ph: (03) 9023 3689
Please note opening hours, or make use of dropboxes located in CBD and inner north
C41: 135, 110, 126, 120, 220, Disposables
E6: Yes – outsourced
B&W: Yes – outsourced
Mail order information.
L and D One Hour Photo
ph: (03) 9417 4591, 322 Smith Street, Collingwood
C41: 135, 120
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
Notes: About the last place to offer such a full range of processing, but cross check pricing with Vanbar. A limited range of darkroom chemicals and paper is available upstairs (Lonsdale Street entrance). Visit the museum whist there.
Mordialloc 1 hour Photo
ph:(03) 9587 3805, Shop 1/ 600 Main St, Mordialloc
Notes: Kodak style minilab. Reportedly closed down – so check before traveling.
ph: (03) 9557 0077, 520 Centre Road, Bentleigh (corner of Jasper Road)
Peninsula Camera Centre
Photo Barn Burwood
Photo Barn (formerly Roy Laines) Pakenham
Ph: (03) 5941 1562 | 148 Main Street, Pakenham
and 16 Smith Street, Warragul
C41: 135, 120, 110, APS
Notes: Onsite C41 processing – 1 hour minilab – and hand processed black and white – less than a week turnaround.
Photo Production House
The Photo Shop
ph: (03) 9646 2515, 215 Bay St, Port Melbourne
Processed in batches when there is demand.
The Presentation Place
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ph:(03) 9326 6635, 504 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne
C41: 135, 120, 220
B&W: 135, 120, 220
Notes: Stopped E6 processing mid 2014 due to lack of demand. Parking can be tricky, so take tram if possible, they are opposite the Royal Children’s Hospital.
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 3 Greensborough Plaza
25 Main Street Greensborough
Notes: No active website, but a Google suggests locations in Heidelberg as well. Contact them for details. They have recently moved upstairs, check if still doing film.
Smith’s Photography Specialists
ph: (03) 9314 1039, | Altona Gate Shopping Centre, Altona North VIC 3025
Millers Road, Altona North
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 3065
C41: 110, 126, 127, 135, 120, 220, APS
C41: push pull processing on request
E6: 126, 127 135, 120, 220, 4×5,
B&W: 110, 127, 135, 120, 220, 4×5, 8×10
C22: On request
B&W Reversal: all formats to 4×5
Notes: Full selection of chemicals, darkroom equipment, etc. available. Will supply schools, and other bulk orders.
Big W and KMart
Notes: More or less phased out in favour of pure digital services. Check individual stores. Inexpensive, and good for proofs if quality labs are not convenient
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Melbourne Film Stockists
Most of the labs listed above also stock _some_ film, with a bare minimum C41 colour print type. At the professional end, Bond still have their fridge as does Croydon Camera House.
Vanbar and Michaels stock the widest range of films and Vanbar stock the widest range of paper and chemicals. PhotoQ, also stock more than most.
Photoresource in Fitzroy also stock a wide range of films, chemistry and other analogue photo bits.
We suggest you cross check prices with local suppliers first, as currency exchange, credit card, and shipping costs can inflate small orders in particular. GST applies to orders over $1000, so if you are buying say a used medium format camera, it could worth having the order separated.
Film camera sales
The following list are reliable places where you can buy pre-owned equipment. This gives you the opportunity to check the condition and operation of the equipment before buying. This is a better option than buying online, and some places will offer some sort of guarantee.
Australian Photographic Collectors Society
Australian Photographic Collectors Society
Hold camera markets in Box Hill in March and September. Also hold regular auctions for members of the Society.
Camera Exchange (Box Hill)
Wide range of items available, their website has details, but is sadly not regularly updated. Lots of “junk” as well, can be good for odd bits and pieces and spare parts. Ring before you go as opening hours change regularly.
Camera Lane (CBD)
A mini version of of Michaels, the shop is on the corner of Little Bourke and Hardware Lane. Used equipment is on display in the window. Their web site is regularly updated with used equipment.
Croydon Camera House
Croydon Camera House (Main Street, Croydon)
Broad range of Lomography, Polaroid and used cameras. Medium and large format coverage has declined since Dean retired. However, their ebay store lists a range of items. They often have used enlargers and other darkroom gear from school darkroom removals.
Film Never Die
Flimneverdie Bourke St Melbourne, near Southern Cross Station.
Stock mostly instant cameras, new (FujiFilm), and refurbished Polaroid’s. Good range of film camera’s sold on consignment, and they will keep an eye out for you if you are looking for something specific. Suggest ringing before going.
Jack’s Cameras at Tyabb Packing House (Tyabb)
This is a bit of a day trip. If catching the train, you need to change at Frankston for the diesel service, so check the timetable. Jack’s booth has lots of very old folding and Brownie type cameras, and a number of Polaroid’s. There are plenty of usable 35mm cameras. Lots of old store display signs and props, magazines, and some darkroom gear too. Last time I was there it looked as though it might be closing as much of the old stock was gone. Hopefully, he was just cleaning up… While there check out the photography books, and the the records in the back sheds. There are a couple of eateries. A great place to buy props and costumes.
Michaels Camera and Video
Michaels Camera & Video(Corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne)
Probably Melbourne’s longest continuously operating camera shop. Windows on Lonsdale Street display second hand gear, but prices are generally very high.
283 Little Lonsdale (a few doors down the hill from Swanston Street, Melbourne)
No website or phone
A bit of a Melbourne oddity, only open during lunch time on weekdays, has two cabinets of interesting film cameras at the back of the store. The rest of the store contains miscellaneous camera, movie camera, and other photographic gear.
Camera repair services.
There are several authorised camera repairers across Melbourne who work on film cameras. Obtaining parts can be an issue, and these repairers will advise whether it is worth the effort (stripped gears on Cosina based unites such as the Nikon FM10 are not worth the effort, but a Canon F1 is worth saving.
56 Easey Street, Collingwood
ph: (03) 9419 5247
On site repairs with extensive testing equipment. Considerable experience dating back at least 40 years.
17/277-289 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill South
(03) 9898 4999
The Instant Camera Guy
1163 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
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Nagami Camera Service
17 Woodville Road, Mooroolbark
nagamicamera.com.au ph: (03) 9727 3388
Yoshi provides excellent service at very reasonable prices, extensive experience in all types of cameras, lenses and shutters.
Equipment can be dropped off and collected at Croydon Camera House.
Level 5, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
vintechcamerarepairs.com.au ph: (03) 9602 1820
Melbourne Silver Mine Inc.
The Melbourne Silver Mine is 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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Gold Street Studios
Offering workshops, supplies and resources for large format and alternate process photography. Located in Trentham Victoria
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. (located in Daylesfordm Victoria)
Public access darkrooms
Many of the organisations offer members access to darkrooms, Melbourne Camera Club also offers darkroom courses. Otherwise you could try contacting the following.
ACME ET AL
ACME ET AL in Yarra Glen have a commercial darkroom available for hire.
The Fox Darkroom is a recently opened darkroom in Kensington. Offering darkroom hire and analogue photo courses.
Melbourne Silver Mine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several galleries in Melbourne that specialise in photography.
Centre for Contemporary Photography (Fitzroy)
Monash Gallery of Art
Monash Gallery of Art (Wheelers Hill)
Photonet Gallery (Fairfield)
- Source Photographica (Brighton)
- Ruffian Gallery and Studio (Footscray)
- Strange Neighbour (Fitzroy)
- Edmund Pearce (CBD) (sadly closed December 2014)
Colleges, schools, short courses, workshops.
The main colleges offer, Diploma, and Degree courses.
Academy of Design
ph: (03) 9676 9000
220 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Full degree courses in design and photography. A privately owned, not for profit organisation.
PIC – Photographic Imaging College
ph: (03) 9478 5816
62 Murray Road, Preston Victoria, 3072
Certificate IV, and Diploma. As there are no formal qualifications required, the course is often used as a stepping stone to RMIT and PSC. (Relocated from Hawthorn Secondary College to Northland Secondary College.)
PSC (Photography Studies College)
ph: (03) 9682 3191
65 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006
Full degree and diploma courses in photography. Full time and Part time structure. A privately owned, not for profit organisation. Established in the early 1970s.
Melbourne Polytechnic (Formerly Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE)
Courses are held at Hawthorn and Wantirna campuses.
Certificate and Diploma courses in a wide range of photographic areas including a unit on business. This course can lead to a Degree in Fine Arts (Photography).
Courses are held at City and Northern campuses.Certificate and Diploma courses in a wide range of photographic areas including a unit on business. This course can lead to a Degree in Photography.
This Guide is maintained by Andrew Renaut of 50 Lux Magazine.
Please let me know of any additions, changes, errors, or omissions.
Last updated: 24 Sept 2016