Where to develop films in Singapore: Triple D, Konata, Whampoa Colour Centre and more
Film lives on
The latest iPhone 12 might deliver some of the sharpest and clearest shots for a smartphone camera, but nothing beats the experience of shooting on film. Just like printed books, film photography can never be replaced. What once went through a steady decline has now made a comeback and garnered the interest of millennials and Gen-Zs alike, making film photography a trending passion.
Perhaps it's how the process of film photography is more complex compared to its digital counterpart. Shooting on film requires you to think more artistically and plan out the shot, with no affirmation as to how the shot turns out. Or perhaps it could be celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Cole Sprouse, Kendall Jenner and Joe Jonas taking a liking to film photography and therefore leading to an influx of interest. Whatever it is, it certainly has led to the resurgence of film cameras and photography. But getting a good film shot is only half the battle won. Film photography is all about patience, especially when it comes to developing your films. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of film processing places in Singapore that have withstood the test of time. To help you out on your developing journey, we've gathered five labs in Singapore that still does film justice — below.
Triple D Minilab Centre
Film aficionados will most likely be immensely familiar with Triple D Minilab Centre. Located conveniently at Burlington Square, the lab boasts friendly staff members and affordable prices. They develop C-41 and B&W film in 35/110/120mm format, which includes disposable cameras which uses 35mm film. You can even collect your images within the day, via Google Drive, if you submit your rolls before 2pm.
175 Bencoolen Street, #01-07, Tel: 6224 4006
Opening hours: (Mon - Sat) 10.30am - 7.30pm
Konota Digital Services
Situated at Peninsula Plaza, otherwise known as Singapore's Little Burma, Konota Digital Services offer a widespread range of photo printing services. The shop, a branch of Fujifilm, offers express film processing services for 35/110/120mm formats. Black and white negatives and colour slides have a turnaround of about a week.
Peninsula Plaza, #01-26, Tel: 6334 4468
Opening hours: (Mon - Fri) 9am - 7.30pm, (Sat) 11am - 7pm
Whampoa Colour Centre
Established in the '80s, Whampoa Colour Centre is one of the oldest film processing shops in Singapore. The lab offers affordable and high-quality services, and the quick film processing time will ensure you get your films via email within the day. 1-hour express colour processing services are also available if you need your films speedily. Check in-stores for further film processing formats.
272 Balestier Road, Tel: 6250 6922
Opening hours: (Mon - Sat)11am - 7.30pm
A full-service digital lab from printing photographs to film processing, Kim Tian Colour Centre, otherwise known as KT Colour, develops both film and digital images. The lab processes a range of negatives, such as 35mm, 110, 120 APS as well as disposable camera film. Turnaround time takes about a week, while express service takes 2 days. Non-standard process like push/pulling is also available here.
Hong Lim Complex, #01-06, Tel: 6276 9576
Opening hours: (Mon - Fri) 9.30am - 7.30pm, (Sat) 10am - 5pm
Providing photo printing services online with a chain of retail stores across the island, FotoHub also does film processing as part of their in-store services. Film negatives are scanned before being processed with Fujifilm C41. The turnaround time can take around a week, so be prepared to wait for your films. Check in-stores for further film processing formats.