Where To Get Film Developed In Denver, Colorado?

Even with the amount of new digital cameras being released every year, it may be surprising to you that there are still places that can develop and scan film along with disposable cameras.

If you are a film photographer in Denver, Colorado I recommend these 4 places to get your film developed and scanned:

  1. Denver Digital Imaging / TheSlidePrinter.com
  2. Englewood Camera
  3. The Negative Space
  4. Mike’s Camera

Now that you know the top places to develop film in Denver, Colorado keep reading to find out more about what film each lab is able to process, how much they charge, where they are located and how to contact them, steps to get film developed and scanned, and the turnaround time.

Map of Places to Develop Film in Denver, Colorado

Below is a map of the 4 places we recommend for developing film in Denver so you can see where each store is are located and how long it may take to walk or drive to the lab.

1. Denver Digital Imaging Center

Denver Digital Imaging Center Website
Denver Digital Imaging Center Website
  • Film Development types: 35mm, 120 medium format, 620, 220, 110, APS, and disposable cameras
  • Sells Film: No
  • 35mm film development with scans price: $19.50 for color (C-41) and black & white
  • 120 (medium format) film development price with scans: $18.50 for color (C-41) and black & white
  • Disposable cameras development price: $19.50 for color (C-41) and black & white
  • Film Services: Film development, scanning, and printing services (digital C-print, Giclee, and matte or glossy Fujicolor crystal paper)
  • Negatives Returned: Yes
  • Return Shipping cost: Free
  • Free shipping to Lab: Yes, through a prepaid mailer that holds 5 – 6 rolls and all orders have a $7.50 handling charge if shipping to Lab
  • Turnaround time for Walk-In: Usually day of for color (C-41) film and disposable cameras if dropped off by 9 am and next day for black & white if dropped off by 9 am on Tues & Thurs.
  • Turnaround time for Mail Order: Usually 2 – 3 days for processing and 3 – 7 days for shipping there and back each way

Denver Digital Imaging Center is a great option for film development in Denver, Colorado. Denver Digital Imaging Center is a division of The Slide Printer and is located just off of exit 208 (Alameda) if traveling South on I-25 or Exit 207B (Santa Fe) if traveling North on I-25. They have been processing negative film for over 42 years and are well rated on Google and Yelp for their helpful staff and fast turnaround on services.

Denver Digital Imaging Center can develop, scan, and print from current film formats including 35mm and 120 (medium format) in color, black & white, and slide (E-6) film and always returns your negatives. They can also process and scan Disposable cameras, 220 film, 4×5 sheet film, 5×7 sheet film, and 8×10 sheet film in both color and black & white. C-41 color film, black & white film, and slide (E-6) film can process C-41 color film same day on Tuesday & Thursday if dropped off by 9 am and process slide film (E-6) Monday – Friday the same day if dropped of by 9 am. Black & white film is developed by the next day if dropped by 9 am. Both color and black & white film development through the mail at Denver Digital Imaging Center takes 2 – 3 days and 24 hours for slide (E-6) film.

In addition to processing photographic film, Denver Digital Imaging Center also offers scanning services, digital printing services including photographic prints on matte or glossy Fujicolor crystal archive paper, C-print (Chromira) printing, Giclee printing services, mounting and laminating services onto Gatorboard and Illustration board, and Dura Plaq printing / framing / mounting services. Denver Digital also offers Denver Digital Online printing service where you can print your digital images online or create gifts with your photos like cards, calendars, photo books, and personalized gifts.

Denver Digital Imaging Center will send you a free PrePaid Mailer that holds 5 – 6 rolls of film to send in your film if you call or email them with your name, email address and mailing address.

How Do I Contact Denver Digital Imaging Center?

The Denver Digital Imaging Center store is located on 145 W Alameda Ave in Denver, CO. The best way is to contact them is by phone at (303) 698-2962 but you can also reach them through their Facebook page, email at: customerservice@theslideprinter.com or by using their contact form on their website

Denver Digital Imaging Center store hours are as follows but you can check their Facebook page or google maps listing for updated hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At Denver Digital Imaging Center?

35mm Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
35mm Film Processing Cost (no scans)*
120 Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
120 Film Processing Cost (no scans)*
Disposable Camera Processing Price
Estimated Turnaround  Time
$19.50 per roll of color, black & white film, slide (E-6) 35mm film with standard sized scans.
$9.50 per roll of color, black & white film, slide (E-6) 35mm film without scans.
$18.50 per roll of color, black & white film, slide (E-6) 120 film with standard sized scans. 220 is $27 with scans.
$8.50 per roll of color, black & white film, slide (E-6) 120 film without scans. 220 is $17 without scans.
$19.50 per roll of film with standard sized scans
Same day for Color Film if dropped off before 9 am on Tues & Thurs;
24 hours for B&W if dropped of by 9 am on Tues & Thurs; Same day for Slide FIlm if dropped off at 9 am on Mon – Fri
Denver Digital Imaging Center Film Development Cost for 35mm and 120 film | *film prices at time of writing the article

Denver Digital Imaging Center can also develop color and black & white sheet film at $2.75 for 4×5, $4.50 for $5×7, and $10 for 8×10 per sheet.

All film is developed using a “dip & dunk” processor and sleeved and uncut, unless specified. 

All scans are delivered in jpeg format by CD at no charge or on a flash drive for an additional charge. Scans at the time of processing cost $10 for standard scans, $15 for medium scans, and $19 for large scans at time of processing for all film sizes.

Slides come mounted on cardboard and plastic mounts are available on request.

See more about film development prices at Denver Digital Imaging Center on their website. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Film Developed at Denver Digital Imaging Center?

Film can be dropped off and picked up at any time the store is open. Production times for film development for processing only by walk-in or mail order at Denver Digital Imaging Center usually are:

  • Color film (C-41): same day if dropped off before or at 9 am on Tues & Thursday or 2 – 3 days for mail order
  • Disposable cameras: same day if dropped off before or at 9 am on Tues & Thursday or 2 – 3 days for mail order
  • Black & white film: Next day if dropped off before or at 9 am on Tues & Thursday or 2 – 3 days for mail order
  • Slide film (E-6): Out by 4 pm if dropped off at or before 9 am or next day if dropped off after 1 pm on Mon – Thursday or by 4 pm if dropped off by 9am on Friday. 24 hour turnaround on mail orders.

All orders orders through the mail have a 2 – 3 day turnaround for development only (except for Slide / E-6 processing is 24 hours). Shipping will take approximately 3 to 7 business days to and from the facility.

How To Get Film Developed at Denver Digital Imaging Center?

Denver Digital Imaging Center offers two main ways to get film developed at the store either drop the film off at their store located on 145 W Alameda Ave during their working hours or send your film for development through the mail.

Drop Off Film for Development at Denver Digital Imaging Center

To drop off film for development at Denver Digital Imaging Center follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Denver Digital Imaging Center store located 145 W Alameda Ave in Denver, Colorado.
  2. Speak to an attendant and fill out an envelope with your contact information and order information.
  3. Put your film in the envelope and close it. If you decide on getting your negatives scanned then you will need to choose if you want scans as well and what level of scans. You will also need to decide if you’d like your scans on a CD or a flash drive (for an additional cost). If you don’t want scans you can just pick up the prints and film when they are ready. 
  4. Pay for your order
  5. You will be notified your order is ready to be picked up by a phone call. 

Mail Order Film Development at Denver Digital Imaging Center

To use the online form from Denver Digital Imaging Center to develop film through the mail:

  1. Go to this webpage to download the film processing order form
  2. Print out the order form and look at their prices and services here
  3. Fill out the form as necessary while writing as clear as possible
  4. Email or call the store to obtain a prepaid mailer or purchase a shipping label to the lab (see this guide on how to mail film for processing, where to get shipping, and the cost). Keep in mind their mailer can only hold 5 – 6 rolls.
  5. Use the prepaid mailer or attach shipping label to a padded mailing envelope or box (don’t use a paper envelope since it may tear open) using tape
  6. Insert the ordering form with your information, film (in a clear, ziplock for safety), tape the mailer / padded envelope / box closed, and drop it off at a mailbox

If you don’t use the prepaid mailer, they recommend mailing your film to the street address:

  • Denver Digital Imaging Center
  • 145 W Alameda Ave
  • Denver, CO 80223

Keep in mind, while there is free shipping to and from the lab there is a $7.50 handling charge and a $10.00 minimum on all mail orders for film processing and a $15.00 minimum  on all other services that are mail order.

Denver Digital Imaging Center Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Can process 35mm and 120 film in color (C-41), black & white, slide (E-6) film, 4×5 / 5×7 / 8×10 sheet film in both color and black & white as well as disposable cameras
  • Same day development of 35mm, 120, and 4×5 / 5×7 / 8×10 sheet film in color (C-41)
  • Can develop black & white 35mm, 120, and 4×5 / 5×7 / 8×10 sheet film in 24 hours
  • Very fast development of Slide (E-6) film (same day or in 24 hours)
  • Offers film development through the mail as well as in store
  • Website is very easy to navigate and straight forward
  • Same price to develop 35mm film in both 24 and 36 exposures
  • Same price for color (C-41) and black & white film development for 35mm and 120 film
  • 3 levels of scans with the highest level (Pro Level Scans) using a drum scanner and includes burning digital files onto a CD (or a jumpdrive for an additional cost)
  • Consistent store hours
  • All scans are delivered in JPEG format
  • Free shipping to the store with a prepaid mailer (holds 5 – 6 rolls)
  • Offer push / pull processing on black & white film for $2.50 per stop

Cons:

  • One of the pricier options on the list but also the fastest
  • Film development and scanning prices are seperate (need to add them up for total price)
  • $7.50 handling / shipping charge for all orders through the mail
  • There’s a $10.00 minimum on all mail orders for film processing and a $15.00 minimum on all other services through the mail
  • Does not sell film

2. Englewood Camera

Englewood Camera Website
Englewood Camera Website
  • Film Development types: 35mm, 120 medium format, and disposable cameras only
  • Sells Film: Yes, in the store
  • 35mm film development price with scans: $16.98 for color (C-41) or black & white film with standard scans and $4 more for high-resolution scans ($7 for development only)
  • Medium Format (120) film development price with scans: $17.48 for color (C-41) or black & white film with standard scans and $4 more for high-resolution scans ($7.49 for development only)
  • Disposable cameras development price with scans: $16.98 for color (C-41) or black & white film with standard scans and $4 more for high-resolution scans ($7 for development only)
  • Film Services: Film development, scanning, enlargements, printing services including reprints and enlargements, and photo restoration.
  • Negatives Returned: Yes
  • Return Shipping cost: $5 (possibly more for large orders)
  • Free shipping to Lab: No
  • Turnaround time for Walk-In: Usually 2 – 3 days for processing and about 2 weeks for development and scanning
  • Turnaround time for Mail Order: Usually 10 – 14 days. You should get your order after 7 days once they receive your film.

Englewood Camera is another great option for film development near Denver, Colorado. They are a family owned and operated business that has been around for over 60 years and located in southern Denver on 5855 S. Broadway, Littleton, Colorado which is south of Belleview Avenue and north of Orchard Road. Englewood Camera is highly rated on Google and Yelp for their friendly and knowledgeable staff, great selection of new and vintage inventory, and quick turnaround on services.

They also offer a $15/year VIP rewards program that provides a $15 give card and 10% off film and print scanning services and 20% off 4×6 prints (among other discounts). For every $10 spend you get a punch on your card and after 10 punches you get a $15 gift card toward any store purchase including services.

In addition to film development, scanning and printing services in-store or through the mail, Englewood Camera offers reprints and enlargements, photo restoration, movie transfers to digital (VHS, 8mm Super 8, 16mm), they can do passports and have in-store print kiosks to get prints. They also sell and rent new and used digital and film cameras and accessories, studio equipment, photographic film and they can repair and calibrate new and old camera types. Englewood Camera also offers one-on-one photography classes through the store.

Unlike some other labs on the list, Englewood Camera does not offer prepaid mailing envelopes to send in film for processing. See this article for tips on mailing film safely for development and what it costs.

How Do I Contact Englewood Camera?

The Englewood Camera store is located in southern Denver on 5855 S. Broadway, Littleton, Colorado which is south of Belleview Avenue and north of Orchard Road. The best way is to contact them is by phone at (303) 797-0700 but you can also reach them through their Facebook page, email at: staff@englewoodcamera.com or by using their contact form on their website

Englewood store hours are as follows but you may also want to check their Facebook page or google maps listing for updated hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Their holiday store hours are as follows:

  • Christmas Eve: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Years Eve: Closed
  • New Years Day: Closed

How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At Englewood Camera?

35mm Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
35mm Film Processing Cost (no scans)*
120 Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
120 Film Processing Cost (no scans)*
Disposable Camera Processing Price*
Estimated Turnaround  Time
$16.98 per roll of color and black & white 35mm film with standard sized scans. High-Res scans are $4 more.
$6.99 per roll of color and black & white 35mm film without scans.
$17.48 per roll of color, black & white film standard sized scans. High-Res scans are $4 more.
$7.49 per roll of color and black & white 120 film without scans.
$16.98 per roll of disposable camera with standard sized scans. High-Res scans are $4 more.
2 – 3 days with in-store development, 2 weeks for development + scans, and around 21 days by mail
Englewood Camera Development Cost for 35mm and 120 film | *film prices at time of writing the article

All scans are delivered in jpeg format at no charge or in TIFF format for an additional cost. Scans can be delivered by email using Dropbox for an additional $2 if getting standard-sized scans or same price as on a CD if getting high-resolution scans. Scans at the time of processing are $9.99 for standard-sized scans or $13.99 for high-resolution scans. High resolution scans in Tiff format are available to CD at $14.99.

See more about film development prices at Englewood Camera on their website. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Film Developed at Englewood Camera?

Film can be dropped off and picked up at any time the store is open. All orders orders typically have a 2 – 3 day turnaround for development only and development with scans take about 2 weeks. Shipping will usually take approximately 3 – 7 business days to the facility and once Englewood Camera receives your film it will take about 7 days to get back to you.

How To Get Film Developed at Englewood Camera?

Englewood Camera offers two main ways to get film developed at the store either drop the film off in the store located on 5855 S. Broadway, Littleton, CO during their working hours or send your film for development through the mail.

In-Store Film for Development

  1. Go to the store located 5855 S. Broadway, Littleton, Colorado during their working hours
  2. Speak to an attendant at the store and fill out an envelope with your contact information and order information.
  3. Put your film in the envelope and close it. If you decide on getting your negatives scanned then you will need to choose if you want scans, level of scans, and if you want prints. You will also need to decide if you want your scans back on a CD or sent to your email through dropbox (for an additional cost). If you don’t want scans you can just pick up the film negatives and/or prints when they are ready. 
  4. Pay for your order
  5. Once you pay they will give you ticket with date and time the film order will be completed and the film will be ready then or afterwards

Mail Order Film Development

  1. Go to this webpage to download their film processing order form and for directions on the process
  2. Print out the order form and look at their prices and services here
  3. Fill out the form as necessary while writing as clear as possible
  4. Purchase shipping to the facility using the address below (see this article for tips on shipping film and how much it costs) and attach shipping label to a padded mailing envelope or box (don’t use a paper envelope since it may tear open) using tape
  5. Insert the ordering form with your information, payment (if paying by check), film (in a clear, ziplock bag for safety), tape the mailer / padded envelope or box closed, and drop it off at a mailbox or post office

Once you have completed your form and bought postage, mail your film for processing to this street address:

  • Englewood Camera
  • 5855 S. Broadway
  • Littleton, Colorado 80121

Keep in mind, there is $5 charge for return shipping and there may be an additional charge depending on your order size.

If you have any questions about either process you can reach out to their lab by phone at (303) 797-0700 or emailing lab@englewoodcamera.com

Englewood Camera Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Can process 35mm and Medium Format (120) film in color (C-41) and in black & white, as well as disposable cameras
  • Offers film development in store as well as through the mail
  • Website is very easy to navigate and straight forward
  • Same price for color (C-41) and black & white film development for 35mm and 120 film and disposable cameras
  • Same price to develop 35mm film in both 24 and 36 exposures
  • 2 levels of scans at time of film development: Standard scan and High Resolution scan. High resolution scans are $4 more with an option of scans delivery on CD or through email using Dropbox (Dropbox is $2 more for standard sized scans and same price for high-res scans on a CD)
  • Consistent store hours
  • All scans are delivered in JPEG format by default but can be in TIFF at additional cost
  • Discounts on film purchases for students and quantity
  • Offers a $15/year VIP rewards program that provides a $15 give card and 10% off film and print scanning services and 20% off 4×6 prints (among other discounts). For every $10 spend you get a punch on your card and after 10 punches you get a $15 gift card toward any store purchase including services.
  • $5 charge for return shipping of negatives (maybe more depending on size of order)
  • One of the fastest stores in the Denver with film development only
  • Will give store credit if you prepay on development and the film roll is blank
  • Sells film in the store

Cons:

  • Cannot process 220, 620, 110, sheet film, or slide film (E-6)
  • No push or pull services with film development
  • Delivery of standard scans through email using Dropbox is $2 more than by CD but is the same price as high-resolution scans on CD
  • No free shipping to or from the facility

3. The Negative Space

The Negative Space Website
The Negative Space Website
  • Film Development types: 35mm in color (C-41), black & white, slides (E-6), and true ECN-2 (and most other film types just contact the owner).
  • Sells film: No
  • 35mm film development price with scans: $14 for color (C-41), black & white, slide (E-6), and true ECN-2 with 10mp (4k) sized scans and color treated or 40mp scans (8k) and in Log (easy to color grade / correct). Add $4 for 40mp (8k) in Tiff scans color treated by roll or add $10 for 40mp (8k) in Tiff with frame by frame color treated scans.
  • Medium Format (120 or 220) film development price with scans: Not currently available.
  • Disposable cameras development price with scans: Same as 35mm film development ($14 – $24 depending on scanning option)
  • Film Services: Film development, high-quality and high-resolution still and movie film scanning, archival services, and professional color grading for 35mm photographic film, Super8 and 8mm, 16mm, Super16, Ultra16, 35mm 4-perf, 35mm 3-perf, and 35mm 2-perf movie film.
  • Negatives Returned: Yes
  • Return Shipping cost: usually $4.25 for USPS first class, or $9 for USPS priority (possibly more depending on order size)
  • Free Shipping to Lab: No
  • Turnaround time for Walk-In: Usually 1 – 2 weeks for develop + scan depending on film format, 2 – 5 days for scan only
  • Turnaround time for Mail Order: Usually 1 – 2 weeks for develop + scan depending on film format, 2 – 5 days for scan only

The Negative Space is a great option for film development in Denver, Colorado. The business is an indie film lab ran by Nicki Coyle specializing in still and movie film development, scanning, and archival services including Kodak Vision 3. The business is located in West Denver at 3897 W Grand Ave and is highly rated on Google for fantastic customer service and offers development of photographic and movie film with extremely high-quality scanning at a very reasonable low price.

The Negative Space stands out from the rest of the labs on this list because the lab can develop ECN-2 (like Kodak Vision 3 135 film) and scan photographic still film using a Lasergraphics scanner with multiflash and HDR. The same film scanners are used on feature films and produces the best quality scans available at very high resolution (options of 10mp (4k) in Jpeg or 40mp / 8k and cropped or uncropped in Tiff) for a fraction of a price of other labs.

In addition to still and movie film development with scanning services, The Negative Space offers other services such as scanning already developed film, color grading and correction for still and movie film at reasonable prices, archival media transfer services, archival home movies services, and gift cards for services.

How Do I Contact The Negative Space?

The Negative Space is located in West Denver on 3897 W Grand Ave, Denver, CO 80123. The best way is to contact the lab is by phone at (720) 663-0122 but you can also reach the lab by email at: preservefilmco@gmail.com or by using the contact form on their website

The lab’s business hours are as follows but you may also want to check the website or google maps listing for updated hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday by request (through the website)

How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At The Negative Space?

35mm Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
Disposable Camera Processing Price*
Estimated Turnaround  Time
$14 per roll of color, black & white, or E-6 35mm film with 10mp (4k) sized scans and color treated or 40mp scans (8k) in Log / flat
$14 per roll of color, black & white, or E-6 35mm film with 10mp (4k) sized scans and color treated or 40mp scans (8k) in Log / flat
Around 1 – 2 weeks for drop off but usually less; 2 – 3 weeks for mail order including shipping time
The Negative Space Film Development Cost for 35mm | *film prices at time of writing the article

Scan prices and resolution at time of film development are as follows:

  • Free basic 10mp (4000×2600 ppi) size scans in Jpeg with standard color treatment and cropped by default (included in price of development at $14) or add $4 for Basic 10mp (4000×2600 ppi) size scans in Jpeg with frame by frame color treatment and cropped by default
  • Free for premium 40mp (7500×5200 ppi) size scans in 48 bit Tiff in Log / flat (low contrast for easy editing) and uncropped included in development cost
  • Add $4 for premium 40mp (7500×5200 ppi) size scans in 48 bit Tiff for color treated and uncropped or add $10 for premium 40mp (7500×5200 ppi) size scans in 48 bit Tiff with frame by frame color treated and uncropped

Return shipping if developing by mail is usually $4.25 for USPS first class, or $9 for USPS priority but can be more depending on the size of the order.

See more about film development and scanning prices at The Negative Space on the lab’s website. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Film Developed at The Negative Space?

Film can be dropped off at any time using the self service drop off at the office location. Pick up can be by appointment using the website or call / texting the owner. All orders orders typically have a 1 – 2 week turnaround for development + scanning depending on the film type but most likely will be ready before then. Shipping takes approximately 3 – 7 business days to the lab and back to you (around 21 days in all). While the time is not that much longer than most of the labs on the list, I believe that the wait is worth it because of how friendly and knowledgeable the owner is and the results.

You will receive your scans through an email link using Frame.io or Dropbox and The Negative Space doesn’t charge extra for online delivery (like other labs on the list).

How To Get Film Developed at The Negative Space?

The Negative Space offers two main ways to get film developed at the store either drop the film off in the store located on 3897 W. Grand Ave. Denver, CO 80123 using their self-service drop off, make an appointment to drop off film, or send your film for development through the mail.

Drop Off Film for Development

  1. Fill out an online order form at needed choosing what scanning type you want and how you want to collect your negatives then print out a copy. Order forms are also available on the website here. (You can also use one of the forms at the drop off location but don’t forget a pen).
  2. Visit the residential lab located at 3897 W. Grand Ave. Denver, CO 80123
  3. Use the self-service drop off location in the carport of the house next to the wooden table with forms. (You may need to bring your own pen).  
  4. Email, call, or text the owner to alert them to you dropping off your film so they will collect it. (The drop off is check everyday but still good to let them know).
  5. When your order is finished you will be notified by phone or email

Film pick up is available Mon – Friday from 9 am – 7 pm with Saturday and Sunday by request. Please text the owner at (720) 663-0122 before picking up your film.

Mail Order Film Development

  1. Go to this webpage for directions on the process of getting film developed through the mail
  2. Fill out the online order form and make sure to include your return address in the additional information section and choose how you want your film returned.
  3. Purchase shipping to the lab using the address below (see this article for tips on shipping film and how much it costs) and attach the shipping label to a padded mailing envelope or box (don’t use a paper envelope since it may tear open) using tape
  4. Insert a copy of your order form, film (in a clear, ziplock bag for safety), tape the mailer / padded envelope or box closed, and drop it off at a mailbox or post office.
  5. Once the film arrives at the store, the lab will contact you for payment
  6. Once the film is developed and scanned you will receive your scans through at link in your email using Frame.io or Dropbox. There is no extra charge for online delivery of images.

Mail your film for processing to following street address:

  • 3897 W. Grand Ave
  • Denver, CO 80123

Keep in mind there is a $4 (for USPS first class) or $9 (USPS priority) shipping cost for returning negatives if processed through the mail. See the web page on film development for more information.

If you have any questions about either process you can reach out to the lab’s owner by phone at (720) 663-0122 or by email at PreserveFilmCo@gmail.com.

The Negative Space Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Can process 35mm film in color (C-41), black & white, and E-6 as well as disposable cameras
  • Can develop and scan Super8 and 8mm, 16mm, Super16, Ultra16, 35mm 4-perf, 35mm 3-perf, and 35mm 2-perf movie film.
  • Does true ECN-2 film development (currently sending film out but working toward bringing in-house soon)
  • One of the least expensive options on the list for film development with high-quality scans
  • Same price for color (C-41) and black & white film development for 35mm
  • Same price to develop 35mm film in both 24 and 36 exposures
  • Scans of photographic still and movie film is done using a Lasergraphics scanner which is used on feature films and produces the highest resolution (around 40mp or 8k) and best quality for a fraction of a price (price starts at $4) of lesser quality film scanning
  • Offers different levels of scans such as in Log (low contrast with all the color information that can easily be edited any specific way) or Treaded (manual color balance by roll or frame by frame) ranging in cost between $4 – $18.
  • No extra charge for online delivery of scans by a link in your email
  • Film development through drop off at lab (self service or by appointment) or through the mail
  • Can choose if you want to pick up your negatives, discard them, or return this for a $5 charge for return shipping (maybe more depending on size of order) if processed through the mail
  • Website is easy to navigate and straight forward
  • Special discounts available for students enrolled in film programs and needs an image of student ID to verify

Cons:

  • Sends film to a 3rd party which makes for a longer turnaround than some other labs on the list but is working towards getting in-house development soon to lower the turnaround time and cost
  • No free shipping back to you from the store but the price is reasonable
  • No storefront to visit but can call or text the owner directly, who is very personable, friendly, and knowledgeable
  • Apart from movie film only develops 35mm (135) still film (no medium format 120 / 220 film)
  • Does not sell film

4. Mike’s Camera (Denver Location)

Mike's Camera Website
Mike’s Camera Website
  • Film Development types: 35mm, 120 / 220 medium format in color, black & white, slides (E-6. Can also develop APS film, 4×5 and 5×7 sheet film in black & white and E-6, and disposable cameras.
  • Sells Film: Yes, online and in the store
  • 35mm film development price with scans: $19 for color (C-41) or black & white 35mm film and $23.99 for E-6.
  • Medium Format (120 or 220) film development price with scans: $19 for color (C-41) or black & white film and $23.99 or E-6.
  • Disposable cameras development price with scans: $19 for color (C-41) disposable cameras
  • Film Services: Film development, scanning, enlargements, printing services including reprints and enlargements, photo restoration, and printing on various materials like wood, acrylic, canvas, and metal
  • Negatives Returned: Yes
  • Return Shipping cost: $5
  • Free Shipping to Lab: Yes, through a prepaid envelope
  • Turnaround time for Walk-In: Usually about 1 – 2 weeks for development + standard scans, high resolution scans are additional days
  • Turnaround time for Mail Order: Usually about 1 – 2 weeks for development + standard scans, high resolution scans are additional days plus time to get to the lab and back

The Denver location of Mike’s Camera is a great option for film development in Denver, Colorado. They are a family owned and operated business that has been in business since 1967 and has since won many awards for customer service. The main store and headquarters is located in southern Denver on 1550 South Colorado Blvd. Unit 109, the business has 9 other locations in Colorado (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Park Meadows, Wheat Ridge) and Northern California (Mill Valley, Menlo Park, Dublin, Sacramento, Pleasant Hill). All of Mike’s Camera locations are highly rated, including the Denver Location (see Google and Yelp), for their friendly and knowledgeable staff, great selection of products, and excellent customer service.

Mike’s Camera offers a $24.95/year Smile club membership that provides unlimited 35% off of all development, scanning, and large discounts on printing prices. Once the Smile club membership expires, you can renew in the store at a discount for $19.99. Students get 50% off of the Smile club membership in the store if you show a valid student ID and active military get one year of the membership for free with valid ID.

In addition to film development, scanning and printing services in-store or through the mail, Mike’s Camera offers many other photo services including prints, reprints and enlargements, photo restoration and retouching, prints mounted on several materials, custom framing, next day mats, and personalized gifts. They also offer passport / Visa / and ID photos, tape & film transfers, CD and DVD duplication and packaging, print scans, slideshows and editing, and data recovery. Mike’s Camera also sells new and used camera equipment and accessories, camera repairs and rentals, and in person and online photography classes.

How Do I Contact Mike’s Camera in Denver?

The Mike’s Camera Main Store and Headquarters is located in southern Denver on 1550 South Colorado Blvd. Unit 109, which is in the same shopping center as Old Navy. The best way is to contact them is by phone at (303) 733-2121 but you can also reach them through their Facebook page, email at: denver@mikescamera.com or by using their contact form on their website

The store hours are as follows but you may also want to check their Facebook page or google maps listing for updated hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At Mike’s Camera in Denver?

35mm Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
35mm Film Processing Cost (no scans)*
120 Film Processing Cost (w/ scans)*
120 Film Processing Cost (no scans)*
Disposable Camera Processing Price*
Estimated Turnaround  Time
$19 per roll of color and black & white 35mm film with standard sized scans. $23.99 for E-6. High-Res scans are $7 more.
$10 per roll of color and black & white 35mm film without scans. $14 for E-6 without scans.
$19 per roll of color, black & white film standard sized scans. $23.99 for E-6. High-Res scans are $7 more.
$10 per roll of color and black & white 120 film without scans. $14 for E-6 without scans.
$19 per roll of color and black & white 35mm film with standard sized scans. High-Res scans are $7 more.
Usually about 1 – 2 weeks and up to 3 weeks
Mike’s Camera Development Cost for 35mm and 120 film | *film prices at time of writing the article

Push processing available on all film development with push and pull services available for black & white film.

All scans are delivered by Mike’s Camera in jpeg format and delivered by email, CD, or USB in store or CD or email if through the mail. Scans at the time of processing are $9.99 for standard-sized scans of a 1024×2048 1mb file or $16.99 for high-resolution scans of a 2000×3000 2-4MB file.

With the Smile Club membership there is a 25% discount on film development which makes the price for development of color and black & white film with standard-sized scans are $14.99, $20.24 with high resolution scans, and $7.50 without scans. For E-6 development the price is $21.59 for scans with standard scans , $27.89 with high resolution scans, and $12.60 without scans. 35mm slide mounting for E-6 is discounted with the membership down to $5.40 from $6 per image.

Mike’s Camera offers prepaid envelope for free shipping to the store and return shipping is $5.

See more about film development prices at Mike’s Camera on their website. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Film Developed at Mike’s Camera?

Film can be dropped off and picked up at any time the store is open. All standard scan orders typically have a 1 – 2 weeks turnaround for development + scanning and high-resolution scanning takes up to 7 additional days. Mail order development is the same price as in store development plus shipping will usually take approximately 3 – 7 business days to the store and back to you (around 14 days in all).

How To Get Film Developed at Mike’s Camera?

Mike’s Camera offers two main ways to get film developed at the store either drop the film off in the store located on 1550 South Colorado Blvd. Unit 109 during their working hours or send your film for development through the mail.

In-Store Film for Development

  1. Go to the store located 1550 South Colorado Blvd. Unit 109, Denver, CO 80222 during their working hours
  2. Speak to an attendant at the store and fill out an envelope with your contact information and order information.
  3. Put your film in the envelope and close it. If you decide on getting your negatives scanned then you will need to choose if you want scans, level of scans, and if you want prints. You will also need to decide if you want your scans back on a CD, USB, or by email. If you don’t want scans you can just pick up the film negatives and/or prints when they are ready. 
  4. Pay for your order
  5. When your order is finished you will be notified by phone or email

Mail Order Film Development

  1. Go to this webpage for directions on the process of getting film developed through the mail
  2. Fill out the online order form
  3. Use the prepaid shipping label (found here) or purchase shipping to the facility using the address below (see this article for tips on shipping film and how much it costs) and attach the shipping label to a padded mailing envelope or box (don’t use a paper envelope since it may tear open) using tape
  4. Insert a copy of your order form, film (in a clear, ziplock bag for safety), tape the mailer / padded envelope or box closed, and drop it off at a mailbox or post office.
  5. Once the film arrives at the store, they will contact you for payment

Mail your film for processing to following street address:

  • 1550 South Colorado Blvd. Unit 109
  • Denver, CO 80222

Keep in mind, there is $5 charge for return shipping and there may be an additional charge depending on your order size. See their FAQ about film development through the mail for more information.

If you have any questions about either process you can reach out to their lab by phone at (303) 733-2121 or emailing service@mikescamera.com.

Mike’s Camera Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Can process 35mm and Medium Format (120 / 220) film in color (C-41), black & white, and E-6 as well as disposable cameras. Can also develop 4×5 and 5×7 sheet film in black & white and E-6.
  • Can scan old format negatives like 110, 120, 126 and disc film.
  • Film development in store as well as through the mail
  • Has 4 other locations across Colorado (and 5 in Northern California) that also does film development that may be closer to you if you want to save money on return shipping
  • Website is very easy to navigate and straight forward
  • Same price for color (C-41) and black & white film development for 35mm and 120 film
  • Same price to develop 35mm film in both 24 and 36 exposures
  • Pushing and pulling film services available
  • 2 levels of scans at time of film development: Standard scan and High Resolution scan. High resolution scans are $7 more with an option of scans delivery on CD, email, or USB in store or through email or on CD if developed through the mail
  • Consistent hours and open on the weekends
  • Offers a $24.95/year Smile club membership that provides unlimited 25% off of all development and scanning with discounts on printing and other services and includes free return shipping. Renew in the store at a discount of $19.99.
  • Students get 50% off of Smile club membership in the store if you show a valid student ID and active military get one year of the membership for free with valid ID.
  • Discount of 5% if you buy 5 rolls of film or 10% if you buy 10.
  • Can choose if you want to pick up your negatives, discard them, or return this for a $5 charge for return shipping (maybe more depending on size of order) if processed through the mail
  • Best deal on the list for photographic prints if you get purchase the $24.95 / year Smile club membership because of the discount
  • Offers a prepaid USPS shipping label to the store
  • Offers develop, scan, and double-print specials for Smile club member and non-members alike
  • Will give a free voucher for another development of the same value if your roll is blank
  • Sells the most types of camera film of others on the list online and in-store

Cons:

  • May be able to develop 620 and 110 film but need to call the store for more information
  • No free shipping back to you from the store
  • High prices without the Smile Club membership
  • One of the more expensive options on the list for film development (if you aren’t a Smile Club member)

My Recommendation

All of these places that will develop film in Denver are highly rated on Google, Facebook, or Yelp for customer service and customer satisfaction so you can’t go wrong with any of the labs on this list.

If a fast turnaround on film development is what you are looking for then I recommend using Denver Digital Imaging Lab / TheSlidePrinter.com since they can develop all types of film and very quickly (C-41 and E-6 on the same day; B&W in 24 hours) but is expensive compared to others on the list and ranges between $19.50 – $27 with scans (depending on the film format and scan resolution).

If price is a major factor, you don’t mind waiting a bit longer, and you want the best scans of your 35m film available then I recommend using The Negative Space, which charges between $14 – $24 (depending on scan resolution) to develop film with scans and specializes in developing and scanning true ECN-2 film like Kodak Vision 3. However, this lab can only scan 35mm still film (among many types of movie film). If you have other film formats to develop like 35mm, disposable cameras, and medium format film (120 / 220) film then I recommend Englewood Camera since they have some of the best prices that range from $16.98 – $21.48 depending on format and scan resolution. They also have the lowest price for film development at $7 for develop-only for both 35mm and medium format film. In addition, their prices drop even more when you consider the 10% discount when you purchase the $15 / year VIP membership and punch cards.

Lee

My name is Lee and I love photography and learning. I received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 2010 and have worked as a university professor for the last 10 years in addition to being a working photographer. I started this website to learn more about digital and film-based photography and to provide a resource for all of my students.

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