Let's face it, not lot of places develop film anymore. Costco pulled out their 1 hr service. Walmart, Walgreens and other drugstores send out the film taking up to two weeks for your order to get processed, scanned onto a CD with rather low quality prints. The worst part is you DON'T get your NEGATIVES back which is your physical copy of the photo that can be archived and saved for later scanning down the road. Some of the worlds best images were taken on film and a lot of people prefer this medium for that exact reason. The negative will last longer than a digital file.
With all of the developing options being slim where does the analog photographer turn to? Well they can take up home developing and scanning but for a lot of people especially if they're starting out it can be intimidating. The other option is to send it off to a professional film lab and theres only one lab that I've ever sent my film to. - The Darkroom Lab (https://thedarkroom.com)
The Darkroom lab is a traditional dip n' dunk film developing lab that provides the highest quality service in the industry. They can develop 35mm, 120, disposable cameras, 110,126,advantix and even sheet film! The fact that their dip n' dunk means they can cross process, push and even pull your film! They also offer different scanning resolutions so if you wanna make larger prints with fine detail you can! The best part is, you can get a roll of 35mm color negative film developed and scanned for as low as $11! What makes it even better is that you don't have to wait till your negatives come back to view your photos. When you make an account on The Darkroom Lab's website you can see your scans from your order immediately right after they process! Their you can download them and have them ready on your computer instantly :)
One of my favorite parts about their system is the turnaround times. After your order goes into production taking into consideration shipping your film to them it usually only takes around 5-7 days, less than a week! That is much faster than other film labs and the options they provide are FAR ahead of the other film labs.
I personally go through this lab for my larger projects or for paid content. These guys always provide the HIGHEST quality service
How to place an order
The folks over at the Darkroom Lab really make it easy for you to send in your film!
1.) Place your order online or print out order form
2.) Select your developing/scanning options or add prints to your order
3.) Check out (They accept Debit, Credit, )
4.) Print out Prepaid shipping label or request label
5.) Pack your film into a padded envelope
6.) Ship it out ITS THAT EASY
7.) Wait for the confirmation email confirming they've received your order
8.) Sit in excitement for your scans to be uploaded to your online album where you can download them instantly :)
The Darkroom Lab also hosts monthly giveaways on through their instagram account (@thedarkroomlab) where you can win SWEET FILM CAMERAS. Follow them for more details!
So thats the lab I've trusted for ever since I stared shooting film. They're an awesome group of people with a purpose to keep film alive and to also provide the highest quality service to their people. This is why I think The Darkroom Lab is the BEST lab to get your film developed.