APS Film Development - Prints Not Included
**One FREE Tracked Shipping label - for ONE parcel of your films to the lab - is included with every order for our developing and scanning services!** 🤑
Also please note that we are NOT currently offering prints.
For full details of how it works, and how you can generate the free shipping from your home, then head over to the FAQ page
I didn't know you could still get APS developed!
That's right! The world may have moved on from the magical format 'Advanced Photo System' but we haven't 😅 You can't buy APS film fresh any more - it was discontinued more than ten years ago - but we can still process and scan the films that have survived.
Please note that all APS film is now expired (past its 'Best Before' date) so we cannot guarantee the results. However we have a team of analogue *pros* at the WonderLab who will work their magic to give you the best chance of fantastic APS results.
You can read more about APS in this blog: The Rise and Fall of APS Film
What is APS Development?
APS film development is when we use chemistry and analogue magic 🪄 to turn your exposed APS film into negatives that can be scanned and used for printing your images.
If you order development you will only receive your physical negatives back. If you require digital images that can be viewed on your computer or phone then please select one of our scanning services! If you purchase the scanning service then you will get your images sent to your email.
How do I know what type of film I have?
It will usually say on the APS film canister (or box if you still have it!)
You could also look up the film in our store by searching this page: All Film and checking its specifications.
The most common ones are colour C-41 which is the 'standard' colour negative film, and black and white (B&W).
If you have any concerns of questions about your film then just drop a line to our live chat - or email email@example.com - and we'll quickly help you to the right choice.
What are the scanning options?
We offer four resolution options:
|Scan type||Resolution||File Size||File Type||Retouching*|
|Low Res||1500 x 1024 pixels||<1MB||JPEG||Standard|
|Standard||3637 x 2433 pixels||1-2 MB||JPEG||Standard|
|Premium||5444 x 3648 pixels||4-5 MB||JPEG||Professional|
|Premium TIFF||5444 x 3648 pixels||50-60 MB||TIFF||Professional|
Low Res --> Best for social media / photo albums!
Low Res scans are perfect for printing or displaying 6x4 inches - they will also work well on social media or website where you need to keep loading speeds fast.
Standard --> Best for personal websites / zines / projects!
Standard scans will be absolutely fine for posting on social media, personal websites, emailing to friends/family, and for making prints up to size A4
Premium --> Best for exhibits / large prints!
Premium scans are bigger and can also be used for posting on websites that can accept larger files (and won't simply compress that back down like Instagram or Facebook) - and they can make prints up to size A3
Premium TIFF --> Best for home editors and professional display!
Premium TIFF scans are much bigger file sizes, so prepare for a longer download time and more computer memory needed! The bonus of this is that they contain much more information within the same number of pixels as the Premium JPEG scans, so you can edit them yourself (in Photoshop or similar) and get much better results with strong edits.
TIFF is a 'lossless' format, so hasn't had any compression applied by software before arriving in your inbox. It also means that even though the pixel resolution is the same as the Premium scan, you should be able to print slightly larger without loss of meaningful detail - up to size A2.
*All of your images will get Standard retouching and fixing (rotation, file naming, basic dust removal). Colour films will also go through the ICE process that automatically removes many scratches and objects on the surface of the emulsion. Please note that this may still leave some artefacts on your image that are an integral part of the analogue look!
However if you order Premium JPEG or TIFF then our team will invest extra time to deliver a Professional retouching service: eliminating every speck of dust and artefact from each frame so they are ready to be printed/edited at a professional level. This will give you the CLEANEST POSSIBLE SCANS!
What are sprockets?
Sprocket scanning is when the film is scanned with the perforations or sprocket holes to be part of the image. We offer this service at an additional cost and it will add up to 2 days to your film turnaround time as it is a very manual process.
APS Developing: FAQs
If you have any questions about what services are right for you - and the detail behind each one - then please head to our WonderLab FAQs page here.
If you still have questions then please get in touch via our contact page, we'll be very happy to help!
Develop your APS film
Develop APS film with the Analogue WonderLab - and a full set of options for your perfectly tailored APS developing service.
We process APS film, scan APS film, and send it all back to you - with free postage into the lab!
Please note that we can also develop 120, 35mm and more on the way. Head to our WonderLab page for the full choice of formats.
At the moment we are only offering developing and scanning services for APS customers in the UK. This may change in the future - please join our mailing list to hear our store news.
We commit to turning your colour film around within 5 working days and your Black & White film within 7 working days.
*If you order Sprocket Scanning please note that the turnaround time will be up to 2 days longer*
This may fluctuate, particularly as it is difficult to anticipate busy periods, but if we are running later than normal then we will always let you know.
If you require a special turnaround to hit a specific deadline then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. This may come with an additional cost, depending on the volume and the deadline, which will be clearly laid out in advance of your final decision.