A black and white photo of the negative folder at Colto Fox Photo Lab. The folder is illuminated on a light table and film sits behind the folder above the page heading.

Photo Lab

Film Development

Colto Fox Photo Lab processes analogue film in a variety of formats and development methods. Most common methods are able to be developed same-day in the Sydney lab.


Film Development Commissions Status!!! CLOSED !!!
Current Queue
as of 26 May
Nothing queued.
Chemical StatusC-41(/E-6) Process: DOWN, batch date: 17/02/2024
B&W Process: UP, ready to mix

Development Processes

  • Standard Processes
    • C-41 Colour Negative Film – Kodak
    • B&W Negative Film – Kodak/Ilford
  • Special Processes
    • E-6 Colour Slide Film – Kodak
    • B&W Reversal Cine Film – Foma

Film Formats

  • Standard Formats
    • 35mm Photographic Film
    • 120/220 Photographic Film
  • Special Formats
    • 110 Photographic Film
    • 4×5″ Photographic Film
    • 10-30m 2x8mm Cine Film

Film Scanning

After the film is developed, it is digitally scanned for print or online publication.

Photographic film is cut into 6 frames per strip and carefully scanned at 3200 dpi, this is quite a lengthy process. Once scanned, it’s then digitally processed for colour correction, frame cropping and dust removal until it’s eventually exported into a suitable image format.

Cine film is run through a 8mm film editing machine which displays the footage frame-by-frame. These frames are captured in front of a digital camera with the option to either accurately capture them as an image sequence of each individual frame or a loosely recorded video with the frames moving live at a variable hand-cranked speed.

Available Processing Services

Colto Fox Photo Lab is open to processing any standard processes and formats listed above. Special processes/formats may be possible via prior consultation.

Postal services are currently unavailable for roll collection and negative/slide delivery. Pickup at a local monthly S² meet or other local meets (subject to availability) is free.

Pricing per roll

ProcessC-41 Process
Colour Negative
E-6± Process
Colour Slide
B&W Process
C-41 Process
Colour Negative
Format35mm/120 Format35mm/120 Format35mm/120 Format110§ Format
Dev Only$22$37$27$27
800dpi Scan$15$20$10$15
3200dpi 110/120 Scan (not 35mm)$25$30$20$25
3600dpi 135 Scan$40$50$30N/A

± The E-6 process used here is not the official Kodak process but instead uses a mix of Kodak Black & White and C-41 chemicals to achieve a similar result. The colour temperature will look a lot colder than traditional E-6. This is a complex reversal process, the scan colour correction is also more difficult. Please ensure you have metered your photos correctly.

§ The 110 format processing is temporarily unavailable as the 3D-printed spool broke. The process was more difficult than 35mm for the proof-of-concept, but a new spool may simplify things.


35mm C-41

  • Photographer: @coltofox
  • Subject: @PrusDoggo
  • Film: Kodak Portra 160
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Film Speed: 160
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5
  • Scanner: Plustek 8200i
Colto being cute

35mm E-6

  • Photographer: @OtterBoiMilo
  • Subject: @coltofox
  • Film: Kodak Ektachrome E-100
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Film Speed: 100
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5
  • Scanner: Plustek 8200i
Panda in the frame

35mm B&W

  • Photographer: @coltofox
  • Subject: @PrincePanda89
  • Film: Kodak Tmax 400
  • Film Speed: 400
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5
  • Scanner: EPSON Perfection V600
Molto by the water

120 C-41

  • Photographer: @Lennography
  • Subject: @coltofox
  • Film: Kodak Ektar 100
  • Film Speed: 100
  • Camera: Mamiya RB67
  • Scanner: EPSON Perfection V600
Kivuli on the road

110 C-41

  • Photographer: @coltofox
  • Subject: @KivuliT
  • Film: Lomography Tiger CN200
  • Film Speed: 200
  • Camera: Kodak Ektra 200
  • Scanner: EPSON Perfection V600