One month ago, the cheapest film developing shop in Singapore increased their price, mainly by $1 for different categories of services. For example, developing + 4-base scanning of colour film used to be $8.50 but has become $9.50.
Previously, if you want the express 1-hour service, that’s additional $2 per roll, which makes it $10.50. Now, it’s $2.50 per roll for express, making the impatient or people who live far from Bugis to pay $12!
Thankfully, I am very patient now. Because I am no longer extremely eager to see my colour film results like I used to when I first started film photography.
I can wait.
Also, I spent half the time shooting black & white films and develop them by myself. So, my thirst to see film result instantly is still satisfied, haha!
Since I knew I would be going to Bangkok again, I decided to accumulate a bunch of them to be developed there.
If you want to know where to develop film in Bangkok in 1 hour, click here.
Now, let’s see how much I have saved:
Number of films developed in Bangkok- 12 rolls of 35mm and 1 roll of 120mm
Cost of develop & scan in Singapore: $9.50 x 12 + $15 = $129
Cost of only develop: $4.50 x 12 + $6 = $60
How much for everything in Bangkok (dev + good quality scan) = approx $47
Alternative to Bangkok
Of course, dropping your film when you go Bangkok for holiday is not the only way to spend less money on film photography.
If you won’t be going to Bangkok in the very near future, you can always send your films via mail to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, being the nearest to Singapore.
There’s a lab in KL called Darkroom8 which does professional developing and very good scanning. Good news, I think they are going to also start doing E6 processing soon.
The price for one roll (include scanning) is RM14.80 (about SGD5), and I heard if you send in 8 rolls, they will develop the 9th for free. That’s like buy 8 get 1 free.
Actually I have not tried Darkroom8 but this is the suggestion from readers after they read my post about saving cost while enjoying film photography and felt pity for me on spending so much on developing.
After this Bangkok trip, I am going to accumulate and send my colour films to KL. I don’t know if I should go back to Johor to use Post Laju or just use Singpost.
I will update on this blog of course.
P/S The photos in this blog post were all scanned by PhotoCity, Bangkok.