27 January 2014

2016 UPDATED Developing Film in Hong Kong

Here is a little list of photo labs in Hong Kong. Feel free to add your opinion and suggestions


New addition

Chaudigital HK Ltd
Room 1509
Phase 2, Chai Wan Industrial City
70 Wing Tai Road
Chai Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2505 0830

as a commenter mentioned they are very professional, making prints for nat geo contributors etc.

Miramar Photo Supplies
18 Stanley Street 1/F
Central, Hong Kong
This is where I go to. They usually take a day and charge 20HKD for developing color film and another 20 for scanning.The guys are friendly. 

Photo Scientific
Ground Floor, 6 Stanley St
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2525 0550

They have closed down and relocated to Sheung Wan. Not sure if they still do prints. Anybody know?

East Asia Professional
G/F, 29 Swatow St., Wanchai,
Hong Kong
Tel : +852 25751745

They take a little longer but they are very thorough. Slightly more expensive, too.

1/F, 51 Wellington Street,
Hong Kong
Tel : 2526 0123 

Many people recommend them. I find them really overpriced and rude.
Flat 14B, Redana Centre, 25 Yiu Wa StreetCauseway Bay


Dotwell Photo
44 Carnarvon Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon,
Hong Kong
Phone: +852 23683826

Sunrise Professional Photofinishing
333/B2 Lai Chi Kwok Road,
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 23862048

1/F, 612 Reclamation Street,
Mongkok, Kowloon
Hong Kong 
Tel: +852 23804077

Color in August
Shop C G/F No. 322, Shanghai Street,
Yaumatei, Kowloon,
Hong Kong
Phone: +852 27811802


  1. Hello,

    Could you tell me, which one of these places develops rollfilm (120)?

  2. I think they all do, but some will take a while, around 1 week. I would call and ask!

  3. I really dislike photo scientific. Pretty unfriendly. They can do 1 hour development though, so that is a plus!

  4. Have tried Filme in Causeway Bay (http://www.thefilme.com). A bit expensive but service was good and their scans are better than others. Have also tried Color Six and Dotwell. To be honest, none of these 3 have been consistent. Some good experiences but then some not so good.

  5. Thanks I will add Filme to the list

  6. PhotoScientific are now in Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan.
    I don't know if they still do development though.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. When I'm in the area I'll check it out.

  7. I tried Output Pro Lab for 120 films, one hour for negatives and 3 days for color reversals.

    1. Thanks! That's really fast! Do you remember the prices?

  8. I-m-ageplayground is a good one too! They have their own darkroom.

  9. Please avoid East Asia 'Professional' - $70 for scans at a measily 1000 x 1500 resolution - barely 1.5 megapixels. Surely that can't be right.

    1. Oh wow, that is for the scans only? That's ridiculous.

  10. Do anyone have recommendation for professional quality printing for A3+ size prints.

  11. Best printer is Danny Chau digital in Chai Wan. He prints for Magnum and National Geographic photographers. Michael Yamashita personally recommended him. He also helps you adjust your images to the preferred tone if needed :)

  12. Thanks! I will add them to the list above.

  13. Miramar Photo Supplies as of 26/09/16 - Not true. b/w Processing 35HKD and scan + 50HKD. Takes three days!! You must of gone there in 1990!

  14. Hey there,thanks for the update. Prices iImentioned are for color development. I paid 45 last week for scan and developing of a color film. I think they outsource bw (and the prices in the 90s were similar)
    I have a feeling they will close soon anyway, business is not very good for them.
    If you have any other suggestions, please post them here. Cheers.

  15. I just had a very bad experience at DOT-WELL in TST where they scratched my film and blamed it on my camera. It is total bs! How come my camera decides to scratch only roll 3, 5 and 9. It would happen when a photo lab assistant doesn't put the film carefully in the processor. When I got the next batch processed in another shop it didn't happen. Maybe it's the old lady, who gave attitude to me after I jokingly mentioned why would they advertise 1 hour process and scan if they can't deliver. Also spoke to some friends, who didn't have positive things to say about her service. So be careful, I will avoid them from now on!

  16. Thanks a bunch for this post, very helpful. I ended up going to Output Pro Lab for some 120 based on Unknown's post. They were able to both a roll of b&w and c-41 with same day turnaround (not sure if I got lucky or what.) They were also very friendly and knowledgeable, and I'm happy with the scans. I think I paid around $80 for two rolls, which is a bargain compared to US prices!! Here's a photo of the storefront to help others find it. https://imgur.com/gallery/6BmRS You just stand there/ring the bell on the right and someone will come down in a few. They also had a good selection of 35mm, 120 and 4x5 film, and said they process 4x5 as well.

    They didn't pay me or anything, just trying help out fellow film shooters.

    1. Hi David, thanks very much for your input!! I will update the original post!

  17. Thanks Eva for the information ! I found one more express film developing in Kowloon. It's called showa. They scan by Noritsu HS1800. 40hkd (develop+scan)

  18. Thanks for such an amazing list. It's really useful. I have tried three shops in Hong Kong two in Tsuen Wan (they are not in your list) and Dot-Well. The last one is acceptable, but I'm looking for a professional developing/scanning service more than a street-shop type. If you can mention two names, would be so much appreciated!! :) BTW, Next week I'm gonna try 'For the art studio" shop in Cheung Sha Wan, they showed me a few samples of their developing and scanning. Hope it works out good.


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