We operate our C-41 & B&W Dip & Dunk Film Processors 5 days per week. Our E6 Dip & Dunk Service runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We also offer a Roller Transport service (C-41) on Saturdays and on Budget orders.
Process monitoring is the method of regularly checking the condition of our film processors to ensure that they are operating according to industry standards. Daily chemical & equipment monitoring utilising sophisticated densitometric equipment is undertaken at michaels guaranteeing that the highest quality processing is consistently maintained. All of our film processors are operated and monitored by skilled technicians using the Kodak Q-Lab quality control system.
michaels also regularly monitors Specific Gravity, pH levels and performs Bromide testing to monitor our processes and processing chemicals, therefore preventing problems from occurring. Specific gravity is useful in detecting mixing errors and for checking the concentration of processing solutions such as fresh tank solutions and replenishers. pH measurements allow us to monitor our developers, bleaches, bleach-fixes, and fixers and are performed with carefully calibrated and maintained pH meters. If a change is detected, the cause is found and corrected before it affects your film. We adhere to stringent tolerances, which are designed to provide optimum quality in your final images.
Every aspect of the laboratory workflow is kept within tight tolerances and is monitored by professional and highly trained laboratory technicians.
Process monitoring is a disappearing discipline but is essential to ensure chemistry is fresh, free of residual contamination and consistent from day-to-day.
|Minox||220||620||APS / Advantix||Disposable Cameras|
Even if your film type is not listed, contact us and we will check if we are able to process it.
|C-41 (Colour Negative)||Black & White (B&W)||E-6 Slide (incl. 35mm Slide Mounting)|
|Infrared||Push & Pull Processing||Cross-Processing|
The Dip & Dunk processing method is the preferred technique of film processing for photographers due to its non-evasive contact with film. During processing, the film is suspended from racks which are lowered into processing chemicals monitored with precise time, temperature and agitation control. This process occurs in complete darkness. Once developed and washed, the film is then lifted out of the chemistry and passed through a dryer at a safe and controlled low temperature.
The Dip & Dunk process by its very nature ensures that your film never comes into contact with rollers thus reducing the possibility of scratch or residue marking, static exposures and guarantees even processing of the film.
Colour negative film is the most common film type and is available in a number of types and brands. If you are getting started in film photography, C-41 film is the most cost-effective and forgiving analogue medium.
michaels processes all sizes of C-41 Colour Negative film; from the miniature Minox and APS formats, to the standard 35mm, 110, 120 and 220 varieties. We can also process disc film and large format sheet film including 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10.
michaels processes the widest variety of E-6 colour slide film, including 35mm, 120, 110, 126, 127 and large format sheet film, up to and including sizes up to 16x20. Our on-site E-6 processing services are monitored to ensure the most consistent processing available. We also offer 35mm slide mounting services.
E-6 colour slide film, also known as colour reversal film, yields a brilliant positive image viewable directly from the film. Our imaging department stocks all the the common E-6 film varieties in multiple sizes.
michaels provides on-site B&W processing services designed to ensure the most consistent processing available. michaels uses Kodak T-Max RS developer to process Black & White roll and sheet film. Kodak T-Max RS provides excellent tone reproduction with films of all brands, yielding excellent results in both normal and push processing.
Push Processing is a technique that compensates for underexposed film by over-developing in the processing stage. It increases the effective sensitivity of the film being processed and involves developing the film for more time.
For example, if you have a 100 ASA film and want to shoot in low light, you can set the camera manually to expose at a rating of 400 ASA. On development this film should be pushed 2 stops. This allows you to shoot at a higher speed or aperture.
Color negative films have greater exposure latitude than black-and-white films and can be pushed to reasonable lengths with good results. Processed negatives may have increased graininess, image contrast and color saturation and diminished shadow detail.
For example, if you have a film of 400 ASA and want to shoot it in strong lighting conditions, the camera can be set to 100 ASA. During processing this film should be pulled 2 stops.
Processed negatives may typically result in a finer grain, lower contrast and tend to have a "flat" look.
C-41: Push/pull can be performed in 1/4 stop increments from -1 1/2 to +3.
E-6: Push/Pull can be performed 1/4 or 1/3 stop increments from -2 up to +4.
B&W: Push/pull can be performed in similar parameters to E-6 but can be pushed up to 5 stops.
Cross Processing is also known as X-Pro, and is the deliberate processing of film in chemistry intended for other film types. Most commonly, E-6 slide film is processed in C-41 chemistry to produce colour negatives. The results are often characterised by high contrast, oversaturated and unnatural colours. Every cross processed slide film renders a different color shifts however, images usually have a greenish colour cast and extreme contrast - characteristics that lend a surreal or bleached quality to the images.
C-41 negative film can also be cross-processed in E-6 chemistry rendering a soft, washed-out pastel look.
michaels processes film Monday to Saturday. C-41 orders placed before 12pm will be ready by 5pm same day (Tuesday to Saturday). Film orders generally have 24 hour turnaround (ready by 12PM next day, 2PM for E-6 with scans and/or mounting or 24 hours). Please allow extra time for large orders. Rush orders are welcome (add 25% surcharge). Service times are subject to workload.
If you are unsure of your film type, including film speed, we can conduct a clip test to determine the correct process and/or processing time for your film. A short sample, cut from the main exposed roll, is used to determine the appropriate development. Once the correct processing time is determined, the remainder of the exposed roll is processed. Please add $5.95 per roll for these tests.
Colour and Black & White infrared film processing requires precise handling and specific darkroom conditions. Please ensure you advise our Imaging Consultants when placing an order of infrared film.
Infrared film is very sensitive to light and should be loaded and unloaded in total darkness. We recommend using a black changing bag to load and unload your film.
Aged film emulsions tend become unstable over time. Older emulsions and damaged films need more sensitive handling. We will assess your film and determine what is required to obtain the best results from your aged and/or damaged emulsions. Depending on the conditions of your film, our technicians may will you some or all of the following special treatments: pre-wash, soaking, development at lower temperatures, pushing etc.
C-22 is an obsolete chemical process used for colour films until the 70s. It was superseded by the C-41 process in the 1970's which is safer and better on the environment.
Though the chemistry to make colour images from this film has long been discontinued, we are excited to announce that we can now process C22 as Black & White Negatives. The quality of the negatives can vary depending greatly on age and storage, however most of these old film have salvageable images.
The film type and any special processing instructions must be clearly marked on your order sheet and on the outside of the film container. This is of particular importance when using sheet film or reloadable cassettes.
michaels understands that some photographers may wish to have their film processed within unique parameters. We welcome custom processing orders and are happy to discuss your individual needs and desired outcomes.