It’s been a while since I have my films developed in Singapore.
Recently, due to the Covid-19 situation, I can neither go to Hong Kong/Thailand or send my films to Darkroom8 in KL, all of which are my alternatives outside Singapore.
So I have decided to bring my films to Whampoa Colour Centre in Balestier because I have heard positive comments about this lab.
Whampoa Colour Centre
I started shooting films since late 2016. After almost 4 years of procrastination, I finally made my trip to this ‘ulu’ place (I live in the West). Actually, it wasn’t as remote as it seems.
Whampoa Colour Centre opens on Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 7.30pm and 10am to 7.30pm on Saturday.
Anyway, the whole process is similar to other labs:
- Greet the friendly staff (aunty & uncle)
- Put out your films
- Fill in a form with your email and phone number
- Pay (NETS or cash) and get your receipt
- The photos will be sent to your email vis WeTransfer
- Your negatives will be kept by them for up to 6 months
I dropped 5 rolls of C-41 films close to 6pm and I received the photos around 8pm. The turnover time is so fast.
Whampoa Colour Centre has two types of scan: 4 Base or 16 Base.
I think 4 Base scan is of lower resolution, aka low quality scan. Based on my n=1 encounter, the lab will recommend and offer you the 16 Base scan by default, unless you specify otherwise.
For C-41, it costs $10 for developing + 4 Base scan. $12 for developing + 16 Base scan. $5 per roll if develop only.
For Black & White, processing is only $10. Developing + 4 Base is $15. Developing + 16 Base is $17. The turnover time for Black & White is longer. But I didn’t ask.
Unfortunately, they only have C-41 and BW developing services.
These are the overdue photos of my last trip to Osaka, Japan in September 2019. The camera used was Leica M6.
Below are the photos on Tudor Color 200, by Olympus mju ii.
Selling affordable films
Another amazing thing about this lab is that they sell films at cheaper price! The auntie said because their profit is lower.
1 roll Fujifilm Xtra 400: $8.50
3 rolls Fujifilm Premium 400 (36): $38
1 roll Fujifilm Pro400H: $17
1 roll Kodak Gold 200: $5.50
1 roll Kodak UltraMax 400: $6.50
1 roll Fujicolor 200: $8.00
I believe there should be more varieties but I didn’t take note.
Overall, I am satisfied with the service and scan by Whampoa Colour Centre. Just that the price came as a shock for me initially. If you want slightly cheaper option (cheaper by $0.50), visit Triple D.
What I can do to save money is to shoot mindfully so that I get maximum satisfiable photos from a roll haha! In conclusion, I will still go back to this lab for my subsequent films.