Develop film in Osaka (As tourists)

This is a blog post with information on where to develop film in Osaka, as tourists. Meaning, if you urgently need your films developed for whatever reasons in Osaka, this is for you.

For example, you might have films that are more than ISO800 and do not want to risk going through the X-ray over and over at the airport. Or, you want to try certain films before committing in buying more stocks. Or, the film developing service in your home country is more expensive.

Yodobashi Umeda

In Osaka, the most convenient option to develop film is at Yodobashi at Umeda Station. Umeda is a station most tourists will go through because it’s kind of a base station to many touristy attractions.

Unfortunately, I only know Yodabashi option, that’s why I stated that this option is for tourists, like myself.

My sincere apology if you’ve expected a local Japanese lab. I wish I know, too.

Price

The price to develop and scanning is about 1100 Yen (about SGD14). This is by far the most expensive price I have ever encountered for a commercial lab. I think unless it’s really urgent, developing in Singapore might be a better choice.

As for language barrier, there is no need to worry because there are staff who can speak and understand English. I visited twice; I met staff who spoke proficient English, and I also met staff who cannot speak English. So what I did was to just point at the menu, haha! Anyway, it’s a generic gesture to say ‘Scan to CD’ in the film photography field. Worst comes to worst, Google Translate can be your saviour.

Turnover time

As tourist, I always go to Yodobashi at night after a day of sight-seeing to drop the film. And since it was late at night, I was only able to collect my films after 3pm the following day.

Quality

Personally, I think the quality is average and acceptable, especially for blog and social media purposes.

Captured on Fujifilm Disposable Camera
Captured on Fujifilm Disposable Camera
Kodak Ultra Max 400
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)
Kodak Ultra Max 400
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)
Kodak Ultra Max 400
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)
Kodak Ultra Max 400
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)
Kodak Ultra Max 400
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)
Kodak Ultra Max 400
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)
Kodak Ultra Max 400 (2019)

Ok, that’s all I have for this blogpost. Hope it has been of help to you. Feel free to leave a comment if you know any other options to develop film in Osaka!


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