We process colour (C-41), black & white, and cinematic film (ECN-2). From 35mm to 120 and 4x5, we've got you covered.
Our technicians develop and scan in small batches, treating your negative like it's our own. We specialise in rotary film processing using freshly mixed developers to get the most out of your film stock. Our JOBO rotary processors are preferred by many photographers worldwide for delivering beautifully balanced, scratch-free images with a personal touch.
We embrace new techniques in negative capture. Our scanning set-up uses high resolution digital cameras to capture your negative in the finest detail with maximum dynamic range.
Read more about our process or drop in to the lab for a chat.
At LAB WEST all our scans are high resolution with a choice of formats to suit your needs. Our technicians make frame-by-frame adjustments to balance and spot-check your images. Unlike some labs, we don't offer a cheaper low resolution option. Instead, we bring you higher resolutions at a more affordable cost. Scans are emailed to you via dropbox link within four days of receiving your film. Negs are carefully cut & sleeved in strips of six and can be mailed to you.
LAB DEVSCAN (from $18)
High resolution (4900 x 3200*) JPEG files with Lab West LUT applied. A vibrant yet natural look that is ready to share as is (but also maintains enough detail so you can easily enhance to suit your taste.)
PRO DEVSCAN (from $26)
High resolution (4900 x 3200*) 16 Bit TIFF files. Exported with flat (neutral) colour profile ideal for professional editing. Our TIFF's preserve greater detail in the highlights and shadows for added versatility and creative control. Includes complimentary digital contact sheet.
EXPERT DEVSCAN (from $30)
High resolution (4900 x 3200*) TIFF + RAW files. A unique option that hands you a powerful positive image (TIFF) plus your original negative in a digital form (RAW) for ultimate control and archival management. Start from scratch and convert your own negative (RAW file) using software like NegLab Pro, Film lab, Grain2Pixel or Photoshop to unlock the possibilities of editing in RAW. Includes complimentary digital contact sheet.
*All scan resolutions are approximate. Please expect slight variations depending on your format and frame ratio.
We offer a variety of extras to help realise your vision. If you have a particular look in mind, feel free to contact us or drop in to the lab to discuss.
PUSH / PULL + $4 per roll / 5 sheets
Our technicians can vary develop times and push or pull colour and b&w films to your liking. Please specify in your online order how many stops you wish to push / pull and clearly mark your roll.
DIGITAL CONTACT SHEET + $4 per roll / 5 sheets
Add a digital contact sheet to your order for a convenient snapshot of your roll. They're also a helpful tool to review the consistency of your exposures or select your top frames for prints.
MAMMOTH RESOLUTION + $10 per roll / 5 sheets
Upsize your scans from high res (4900 x 3200 approx.) to mammoth res (9500 x 6500 approx.) Ideal for large-scale fine-art prints (A1 & beyond) and expert archival, capturing your negative with exceptional resolution down to the grain. Best suited to 120 and 4x5 formats.
FULL FRAME SCANS + $4 per roll (35mm only)
We are able to capture beyond the film border to include 35mm sprocket holes and film details. Present your images with an original film edge or crop as you wish.
PANORAMIC / HALF-FRAME SCANS + $4 per roll
Panoramic frames are digitally stitched to deliver a high resolution image. We can also scan negatives shot with half-frame cameras (please note you will receive double the images yet half the resolution.)
CUSTOM B&W DEVELOPER + $4 per roll / 5 sheets
We generally pair b&w films with Kodak XTOL 1:1 developer, known for its lighter environmental impact. We also offer RODINAL, Ilford ID-11 or Kodak HC-110 developers upon request. You can specify a custom developer / dilution when ordering online, or visit us at the lab to discuss.
EXPRESS SERVICE + $10 per roll / 5 sheets.
Love the film look but lack the patience? Does your client need a fast turnaround? We do our best to offer a 24 hour express service. Please contact us to arrange - you'll need to drop your rolls off at the lab.
Scans will arrive in your email inbox within four days of receiving your film. We can also provide a 24 hour express service for an additional fee. See details above.
FILE STORAGE / NEGATIVES
DROPBOX LINKS AND DIGITAL FILES ARE DELETED THREE MONTHS AFTER SENDING. Please direct download or save to your dropbox account to keep your files safe.
NEGS ARE CAREFULLY CUT, SLEEVED AND STORED AT THE LAB FOR TWO MONTHS. After that, they move to deep storage and there is a $50 fee to retrieve them. If it's been more than three months, please contact us before coming to collect your negs so we can ensure we have them ready. If you don't want your film cut / sleeved you can make a note in your online order.
We can also send your negs back to you for a $10 flat shipping fee Australia wide. You can choose to have your negs mailed back straight away, or we can store them and mail in bulk after 3 months / when your file is full (whatever comes first.)