Where to have a roll of old film developed & process old real negatives

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Posted: 5/6/2012 1:53:52 PM
I have 3 old rolls of film I would like to develop, but found only 1 place online that could/would do it & they charge $100.00 each w/no guarantee or $ back if it is all black, etc.

I also have negatives of photos of my parents. I didn't realize that is a totally different process than what is used now. These are 1940. Guess I thought "a negative is a negative is a negative" they are telling me "not so" Anyway, I would love to have some of these processed but have come up empty so far.

Any help/suggestions anyone has would be great - thanks!!

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Posted: 5/6/2012 2:04:10 PM
We use to get an envelope in our Sunday paper for film developing. I believe it was from York maybe. Haven't seen one in awhile though.

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Posted: 5/6/2012 2:14:58 PM
Good question. Does Walmart or CVS still develop rolls of film? I recently found an undeveloped advantix roll of film. I don't know who will take that. Maybe Wolf Camera.


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Posted: 5/6/2012 2:30:18 PM
Check if there is an old local developing photo store. Here in Tucson we have one jones photo and they still do film. They only develop certain says a month because is very costly to turn up those machines for just one roll. so you drop your film and they call you.
You might want to check if there is a college with a dark room. Maybe it is good practice for them. Good luck!


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Posted: 5/6/2012 2:31:24 PM
York still does it. You go into their website and I think you print a label or something.


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Posted: 5/6/2012 2:48:06 PM
Walmart = no. The guy there looked at me like I'd lost my mind.

Walgreens will do it for regular 35mm and Advantix film. The old 1940's photos maybe not.

I know there is a specialty camera shop here in Arlington called Arlington Camera that I think develops some film- they might be able to help with your old film.
They might also be able to scan your really old negatives so that you could have them printed digitally.

If you don't want to drive to Arlington, you might oould call them and ask if they know of a similar place in the N. Dallas area.

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Posted: 5/6/2012 2:53:20 PM
it's seriously that difficult to find places that still develop film? I had no idea!! and here I was going to dig my film camera out of the desk drawer, just for fun! There's still people who use film cameras out there, aren't there? like more 'serious' photographers, people who haven't updated to the latest technology... (I think my sister is one of them- she still doesn't have a digital camera... lol! Not sure how many photos she's taking any more, though; I'll have to ask.)






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Posted: 5/6/2012 3:02:00 PM
$100.00 a roll? That is insane! Do not fall for that. Someone is clearly trying to take advantage.

The local Sam's Club we have still develops film. DH sometimes prefers to shoot film-the last roll he did he took to Sam's Club. He requested an index print, scanning of the film and got back a CD with the scanned images-that way they are now digital prints and much easier to get prints from.

Also check pro photography stores. Most big cities have at least one. They won't be listed as pro photography stores, but as huge camera stores that the pros use along with regular customers. Calumet, B&H and Adorama, as well as some independently owned stores, are a few that come to mind. Some pros are still shooting film and film is still available to buy.

Check photography stores that are independent stores in your town not a chain store.

A negative is a negative is a negative. You were right about that. The process is the same to develop them. (Unless they are really old glass negatives). They are various sizes though, instead of all 35mm. You'll need to find a place that can develop the size you have. It just takes a different size negative holder in the process of printing, and will probably need to be hand printed these days. But that can also vary depending on what lab you use. Again the pro photography stores can probably print them for you or point you to a lab that can.

I hope that helps. Do not use the online place you found that is quoting you $100.00 per roll with no guarantee. I'm sure they are frauds or scam artists. Good luck and please feel free to pmail me with questions. I'm a former professional photographer.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 5/6/2012 4:01:49 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions - I was really feeling dumb for even asking. The dude @ CVS had said yes on the phone about the negatives, but when I went in & handed them to him his head almost spun off his body - he called someone to find out & was describing them as if they had nothing to do w/cameras, photography. To me (an obvious moron) they appear to be normal negatives, but apparently not.

I will definitely check y'all's suggestions. The film may be ruined, but I hate to toss in b/c the most recent one I know has stuff on it I'd like to have. . . no clue what's on the others.

niko, I can see the company doing what you said - that certainly makes sense. I will also check York out.

jessica, I will call them & if they can/will I could mail it rather than the drive

Debbie, thank you so much for the encouragement & the offer - when a person has no knowledge to draw upon it's hard to make a wise decision & I can see a company not wanting to guarantee b/c they dont know where the film has been (I dont know where it's been) & there is the emotional
thing of "you DO want your pictures, don't you" . . Anyway, thank you for offering your professional wisdom

Thanks, so much Peas - happy rest of NSD day

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Posted: 5/6/2012 8:13:18 PM
You might call around to a few different Wal-Mart stores for film processing - out of the 5 in our regional area 1 still processes film. Good Luck.

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Posted: 5/6/2012 11:15:55 PM
Try Ritz Camera! I just had some negatives from the '80's printed, and they turned out great. Not that expensive either!

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Posted: 5/7/2012 1:23:32 AM
Thank you for asking this and for everyone's replies!

I've come across several undeveloped rolls of film between our last two PCSs and wondered if time had run out to get them printed! I'd better get a move on....


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Posted: 5/7/2012 1:40:14 AM
I think my Target does. I have an ancient Kodak roll that needs to be cracked open from the 70's. I think I was 9 yrs old in my bedroom taking pics of my troll collection. Why do I remember that!





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Posted: 5/7/2012 9:49:08 AM
I've also used Ritz Camera for developing old negatives in the last year. My local Walmart will take film developing, but it is sent out, they don't do it in the store anymore.


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Posted: 5/7/2012 10:19:35 AM
I would try Ritz Camera. I would have recommended the drug stores, but you say the film is from the 1940s. So you would most likely have two problems, one of which is likely beyond the drug stores' expertise, the other I can only hope for the best for you even at a place like Ritz.

1. Your rolls probably aren't 35mm. Since there are still a lot of 35mm film cameras out there, even drug store techs usually have experience developing these, and the stores generally have the equipment to do so. (Although I have encountered a Target near my parents' house that took the equipment out of their store.) I would be surprised if they had the older types of film developing equipment there, in fact there has been equipment in most drug stores since the 1980s that automates the process for 35mm, but I imagine it would not work with other types, and they would need the old-style dark room.

2. The longer film is not developed, the greater possibility the image quality has been compromised. I was seriously worried when eight or nine rolls of film showed up in a dark leather bag belonging to my DH, because I knew he would have taken them at least 10 years prior to my discovering them. That being said, those pictures came out fine. However, you've got seven times as much worry, since your pix are around 70 years old.

I hate to be a downer on the undeveloped pix, but I'm almost certain Ritz will be able to do something with the negatives.



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Posted: 5/7/2012 10:26:55 AM
My daughter has a bunch of undeveloped rolls and somebody at our local Costco told us they'll print them there for around $4 a roll! Going to get these rolls done very soon, before it becomes even more difficult. Good luck!



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Posted: 5/7/2012 11:47:26 AM
I get my 120 film developed (from my Holga, and Dad's old Yashica twin-lens) developed at thedarkroom.com They will send you an envelope for free and you can request it online (or print a label with the info from their website.)



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Posted: 5/7/2012 11:59:06 AM
Costco does it. They send it out and it comes back within a week


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Posted: 5/7/2012 1:43:05 PM
OP, I'm fairly certain what you have is a negative but of a different size than 35mm. I'm not surprised the guy's head spun at CVS-he probably had never seen a negative the size you have. That doesn't mean it's not a negative, just because this guy said it wasn't.

I did some googling for you and found a lab that works with all sizes of negatives-35mm, medium format and sheet film. What you have is probably a medium format negative. Bigger than 35mm but smaller than 4x5 inches. They are located in Dallas, and the lab is called BWC Photo Imaging. Their website is www.bwc.net/bwc I'm not sure how far this is from you but you listed DWF as your location.

The place Kristan recommended darkroom.com is also a possibility but you'd have to mail out your negative.

Either of these two places will work for you, and be able to develop your 35 mm film. When you get the 35mm film done you can ask for it to be scanned and have an index print made instead of all 4x6 prints. That should keep the cost down.

Debbie in MD.






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Posted: 5/7/2012 9:23:26 PM
The guy in Ritz camera told me that they can usually process negative that are up to 100 years old if they are not damaged. I found some color film negatives of me with my parents from 1955 and they were able to make prints for me. It's worth a call to ask...


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Posted: 5/7/2012 9:23:43 PM
The guy in Ritz camera told me that they can usually process negative that are up to 100 years old if they are not damaged. I found some color film negatives of me with my parents from 1955 and they were able to make prints for me. It's worth a call to ask...


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Posted: 5/7/2012 9:34:47 PM
You ladies are AWESOME! ! ! Thank you so much for taking the time to respond & even do research for me. I started this quest 2-3 years ago on the film developing (not 35 mm) & hit brick walls, so now the film is 2-3 years older & still just sitting here.

I'm the caregiver for Dh has Parkinsons & is at home & I am working soo o o o time gets eaten up by "stuff"

Y'all have made me make this my 1/4 year resolution to make the calls again & see what response I get.

None of this is 35 mm - I think that would be a piece o' cake.

Again, thank you all SO MUCH for your responses.

Tomorrow a.m. will begin a new re-visit of this on the phone.

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Posted: 5/7/2012 9:39:27 PM
This is one project I have been putting off that I would really like to do this summer... Most of my childhood pictures are missing, but pretty sure the negatives are all still there. They are an odd size - 110 I think?? I'm so worried that it's going to cost and arm and leg to develop...


The guy in Ritz camera told me that they can usually process negative that are up to 100 years old if they are not damaged.

This is good to know!



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Posted: 5/7/2012 9:46:54 PM
this is what drives me insane - they don't say whether their prices are per filmstrip or per photo. $.45 per photo could get expensive!

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Posted: 5/8/2012 10:14:16 AM
UPDATE: I just spent 2 hrs on the phone & talked to 2 people. Many, many numbers are no longer in service, including Ritz locally.
DEBBIE IN MD: I DID find a place locally that will process the 126 film for $5. (he said) & will do the negatives . . . for $5.00 EACH. So, I'll be carefully choosing WHICH neg. to take. I'll @ least check this out. It's the place you found - BWC & there is 1 about 6 miles from work.
my negatives are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. NONE of this is 35 mm - it is older than that.

AND - remember, I said I have - 3 THREE III- rolls of film?!?!? They were all living together happily & this a.m. when I went to retrieve them to have them in my hand as I made calls - there was ONE ! ! NoONE has a clue what happened to the others.

Deep breath, move forward, process this 1 in some fashion & look for the others . . . deep breath . .

Thank you all again so much - will let you know.

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Posted: 5/8/2012 10:32:37 AM
I would also suggest talking to a local college with a dark room. Contact the head of the department. They may not be able to develop the film (and I certainly would use a graduate student or the professor instead of a student) but they will probably be able to print some prints for you. I would get the best student in the class or an upper level student to handle you negatives (the print quality will be better and you'll be able to trust them). I was a photography student for 4 years and I would have loved to print some old negatives. The professor may even let them do a project on it. Incorporating their new pics with the old pics. I would have loved to do that. especially if the pics were taken in the same town. you could go back to the same spot to take a then and now series.


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Posted: 5/8/2012 10:42:07 AM
I'm so glad you were able to find someone to do this work for you, and that the place I suggested is only 6 miles from your work. How lucky was that?

I asked in my local Ritz store when I was there last if they can still print photos from 35mm negatives and they said no-it has to be digital. Which is why I didn't suggest Ritz in the first place.

I do think you'll get the best quality from a place like BWC. They are professional lab-don't worry, you don't have to show your credentials at the door

As for your missing 2 rolls of film-how odd is that? It must be so frustrating for you. I'm sure they will turn up though, probably when you aren't even looking for them.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 5/8/2012 11:14:17 AM
That is interesting about Ritz because I just had 50+ photos printed from negatives from 1986--no digital cameras back then! I think the price was around $.30 per pic, and they turned out great--very clear bright color. The guy at Ritz also told me they could print negatives no matter how old.

Planosuep: Ritz used to be called Wolf Camera or Wolf/Ritz,so check around. Seems like if Houston has them, Dallas would.

Hope you find the other rolls!

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Posted: 5/8/2012 10:28:37 PM
Thank you again so much, ladies.

Jamie, Ritz was bought by Wolf - but it is interesting the price difference between what I was told & your experience. My son lives in Houston - maybe I'll check w/a Houston Wolf when there next time. Who knows???

Debbie, I thought about a college & know our local community college has photo classes, but did not pursue it. Actually, I have enough negatives I could share w/them b/c I have negs. of some I have the pictures of (really bad grammar, sorry)

This IS exciting - even if the roll of film is ruined, at least I gave it my best shot & it is out of my house - one way or the other.

Yes, when I hunt something else, the other 2 rolls will appear. . . hopefully. Lots of things do that around here. I would be great to get all of them done just to know what happens & to have that little thing off my ever growing to-do list.

Thanks for listening & helping!!

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Posted: 5/8/2012 10:28:43 PM
Thank you again so much, ladies.

Jamie, Ritz was bought by Wolf - but it is interesting the price difference between what I was told & your experience. My son lives in Houston - maybe I'll check w/a Houston Wolf when there next time. Who knows???

Debbie, I thought about a college & know our local community college has photo classes, but did not pursue it. Actually, I have enough negatives I could share w/them b/c I have negs. of some I have the pictures of (really bad grammar, sorry)

This IS exciting - even if the roll of film is ruined, at least I gave it my best shot & it is out of my house - one way or the other.

Yes, when I hunt something else, the other 2 rolls will appear. . . hopefully. Lots of things do that around here. I would be great to get all of them done just to know what happens & to have that little thing off my ever growing to-do list.

Thanks for listening & helping!!

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Posted: 5/9/2012 12:04:07 AM
What a cool thread! I just found some old Advantix rolls of film whilst cleaning the garage. I don't know what's on them but it's worth it to me to get them developed if it's not too expensive. Off to Ritz I go!

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Posted: 5/9/2012 4:13:32 PM
OP-I didn't suggest the community college route, that was nikomoon14 and brmartin.

Personally if they were my negatives and film I would not have the local community college work on them. There's just too much chance that they could be damaged. I'd rather have a pro lab work on them because that way I know the greatest care will be taken by them and I'd get the best results.

I forgot to ask if the film is B+W or color. If the film and negatives are B+W I wouldn't take them to a place like Ritz or Sam's Club, or places like that. Lots of time they will send the B+W film and negs through color processing, because that is what they are set up for. The difference is your photos will look much, much better if they are processed using the correct chemicals.

I know I sound like I'm super picky, but to me negatives and film from the 1940's that are of my family would be incredibly precious to me. I rather pay more money to make sure they are handled properly and safely.

Debbie in MD.
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