Monday Mystery Images & The Quality Of Walgreens Film Scans (2023)

It was bound to happen. I had several rolls of color film to be developed. I’ve been procrastinating.

With b&w film, I take care of the development myself which is probably one of the reasons I prefer to shoot film in black and white. But with color film, I still send them out for development.

I have developed color film at home, but every time I did, it came out “funky.” Either it was too grainy or there were streaks that ruined the images thus I take the trouble to send out color film.

I’m not a big fan of CVS and Walgreens color film development these days because they are no longer returning your negatives, which is one of the main requirements when I shoot film! Since the first roll of film I ever shot as a kid, the golden rule was if you shoot film, you get the negatives or slides back.

Well, we must live in different times because whatever company is developing for CVS and Walgreens have decided it’s too much trouble to return your negatives.

MY FIRST MISTAKE

I generally have a failsafe system of marking my film rolls with a permanent marker after I’m done. Usually, I’ll write the camera used, ie “Leica” or “Canon” etc and the camera model, etc. My first mistake in this saga was using a different marker than the one I usually used. Over time, my writing rubbed off without me noticing it till it was too late.

I was however confident it was a roll that I just finished using a Mamiya U point and shoot. The film is Kodak Gold 400 no doubt about that!

Considering that the film back hatch broke on the Mamiya U and opened on me, I figured I must’ve ruined at least some of the photos so I decided to break my “no Walgreens or CVS processing” rule and said, ok why not see how this turns out? I figured maybe the whole roll was ruined anyway.

THE PICS, THE SURPRISE, AND THE MYSTERY

When I got the photos, after going through about five photos, I realized this was NOT photos from the Mamiya U!! 🙂

I used the Mamiya U in 2018 when I got it. The photos I got back are from 2017. I know that because there are some pics there that I also shot in digital and I remember well the time and place that they were taken.

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The thing I can’t remember is: What camera/lens did I use for these photos?!!

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“Sisters” 2017. Mystery Camera! The field of view and neutral background blur makes me think this is a 35mm or 50mm lens perhaps with a f/2.8 starting aperture.

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“Bunnies” 2017. Mystery Camera! There is a general softness in these images. Some seem due to images being off focus which indicates to me that this is a camera/lens I’m not familiar with or do not use often.

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“Burlington County Jail” 2017. Mystery Camera! A historic jail in Burlington County, New Jersey. Even if this were an old camera and old lens that I used, I’m sure I stopped down for this shot which is why it is reasonably sharp.

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“Sunshine” 2017. Mystery Camera! Check out the bokeh in this shot. It’s very neutral. And to my eyes, quite nice. This looks to me almost like f/2.8 and shot at close range. I feel almost as if it’s very familiar yet I can’t pinpoint what camera or lens I used! Can you?

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“Olaf” 2017. Mystery Camera! Indoors, I generally shoot wide open. Look at the neutral bokeh. This definitely does not seem to be a 50mm f/1.8 lens as I originally thought. But then again, it could be!

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“Curves” 2017. Mystery Camera! Note the “haze” or lack of flare control. As I was on the ground at the base of the tree, is it possible that it’s a 28mm lens?

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“Zay’s Bokeh” 2017. Mystery Camera! This image was slightly off focus. Note again, the “haze” or lack of flare control. The bokeh on this one has me second guessing that maybe it could be a 50mm f/1.8 or f/2!

WORKING ON THE MYSTERY

Well, doing a little detective work, I can tell that this was indeed one of those rolls where I was specifically “testing” as opposed to taking pictures for the sake of taking pictures. I can tell by most of the subjects I shot. Trees, buildings, and of course, my kids.

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I have come to the conclusion that it must be an old camera with either a 35mm or 50mm lens in the f/2-2.8 area. Problem is, that could be ANY number of cameras I could’ve been using lol 🙂

There seems to be some visible “haze” or something causing a “look” in the photos indicating it’s probably a very old lens.

My initial thought was that it might be from the Contax I rangefinder and 50mm f/2 Sonnar that I had been using in the early part of that year. However, I remember well that the very first roll of b&w from that camera was almost blank. Either due to a processing error on my part or it could be me ruining the film with some very old developer. However, I cannot remember if I tried another roll in the camera.

And since some of the images here were from a trip to New Jersey, I seriously doubt I would’ve taken the Contax I since the rangefinder is so dim it would be certain that most of the close up shots would be out of focus.

LESSONS LEARNED

Always make sure your film is marked. ALWAYS! Otherwise, a roll of film with no way of identifying the camera/lens is worse than a digital file! A digital file can almost always be deciphered by its EXIF or codes.

I’ll have to double check every roll I label from now on. How do you manage your films?

CONCLUSION? CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY?

For now, I have to say that it’s very likely I may never know. I have tried to check the photos for any reflections that may have me in it but I could not find any. I’ve also checked my phone to see if there’s a shot of meandthe camera but there’s none to be found.

If the bokeh or any other aspects of the images look familiar to you, feel free to share your thoughts. You might just be right!

If I ever do find out, hey I’ll let you guys know!

HOW ABOUT THE WALGREENS SCANS?

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What can I say? They’re decent! Better than I expected. The resolution is 3072 x 2048 which would put it at roughly 6 megapixels. I wonder if they are using one of those popular stand alone scanners that pretty much use a CMOS sensor similar to that on a digital camera?

On my scans, the images run a little cool or blue. I did no color correction on these photos.

Anyway, if you’re sure you don’t have that once in a lifetime shot, I’d say the scans are perfectly usable for testing purposes.

How about the price? I believe it was around $14 for the scans and prints. There did not seem to be an option for scans alone and a lower price. I think it would cost less if shots didn’t come out or not all your shots are scanned.

Honestly, for this price you’re probably better off sending it to a place like the Darkroom out in California.

Why didn’t I do that? Because I thought it was going to be a wasted roll and sending it out to California would cost me an extra week! The Walgreens scan took six days with the Christmas holiday. Generally they say it takes a week from the time you bring the film in.

Thanks for reading and Happy Martin Luther King Day! Respect to a good man and let’s remember that.

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Does Walgreens process 35mm film? ›

Film Developing, Negatives, and Disposable Cameras - Options and Pricing. All Walgreens stores with a photo lab can accept your 35mm film. Select stores with a photo lab can also accept APS (Advanced Photo System), 110 film, 127 film, negatives, or a disposable/single-use camera.

How much does it cost to get a roll of film developed at Walgreens? ›

Does Walgreens Develop 35mm Film? Yes, all Walgreens stores develop 35mm film. They also develop other types of film, including 110 and 127 formats at selected locations. The basic processing fee for developing a roll of film with 24 exposures into 4×6 prints is $14.99.

How long does it take for Walgreens to develop photos? ›

Once you take a few minutes to place your order, you can pick up your pictures in an hour. With Walgreens photo locations being so accessible its easy to get your photos printed quickly and available to pick up in one hour!

Does Walgreens develop 120 film? ›

We process, print and scan your medium format film in our lab, including 120 and 220 format C41, E6 and black and white film. We know that it can be difficult to find a lab to handle your medium format and 4x5 film processing and printing, but we continue to handle professional film every day - and we do it right.

Is CVS or Walgreens faster for developing film? ›

Big-name drugstores like CVS and Walgreens still develop film, but the days of 1-hour photo processing are long gone. Today, nearly all the big box stores send the film to third-party labs, with turnaround time ranging from three to five days at Walgreens and two to three weeks at CVS.

How much does it cost to process a roll of 35mm film? ›

Don't worry too much about cost. The stores and services listed here charge between $5 and $11 to process one roll of 35mm film. Other film formats like 120 and 220 may cost a bit more, while the fees for push and pull processing are usually charged as an extra percentage of your developing costs.

Can I get my film developed at Walgreens? ›

Print your favorite images from film, negatives or disposable camera with Film Roll Processing. Whether you've just returned from a tropical vacation and can't wait to relive the gorgeous sunsets, or just found that disposable camera from the wedding last summer, Walgreens Photo will bring your photos to life.

Is it cheaper to roll your own film? ›

There's also the cost – usually it is much cheaper to bulk roll your own films than to buy them off the shelf in the standard 36 exposure rolls.

Does anyone still develop film? ›

No matter what type of film requires developing, you can bring it to your local CVS Photo location for processing. Services include processing for 35mm film, disposable cameras, Advanced Photo System film, black and white film, 110 film and slide film.

Does Walgreens know when photos are ready? ›

You can check on the status of your order by checking your online photo order history. On your photo home page, hover over your name at the top of the page and click Order History.

How do I convert film to digital photos? ›

Slide scanners or negative scanners are specialized tools you can use to scan film. You basically feed a strip of film into the scanner, up to six frames at a time. The film scanner will then automatically scan the strips or slides, saving them as images to your computer.

Does target Develop film? ›

No, Target doesn't develop disposable cameras. Target stopped developing film in 2013. However, if you need prints from your disposable camera, you can take the film to a Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens.

How many photos can you take on a roll of 120 film? ›

Film used in Medium format cameras such as the Diana F+ and Lubitel 166+. 120 film looks different to 35mm and generally produces more detailed images. You can usually take between 12 and 16 photos on a 120 film roll.

What is the difference between 120 and 220 film? ›

220 film is the same width as 120, but with double length (144 cm) and thus twice the number of exposures per roll. ISO 732 also specifies the dimensions of 220 film. Unlike 120, there is no backing paper behind the film itself, just a leader and a trailer.

Is developing 120 film the same as 35mm? ›

120 film gives a better resolution quality than 35mm and since the film comes in rolls like 35mm film, you can load them just as easily in daylight.

Does anyone develop 35mm film? ›

The Darkroom film lab has been providing High Quality 35mm film developing for over 45 years. Most film developing orders are shipped back to you within 3-7 business days after they enter production. We are located in Southern California, so mail takes 2-5 days to reach us from almost anywhere in the country.

How much does it cost to develop film at Costco? ›

How Much Does It Cost To Get Film Developed? The price for processing one roll of film into negatives can be as low as $5 or range as high as $15 or $20 for more specialized film types.

Where is the cheapest place to develop a disposable camera? ›

Where Can I get My Disposable Camera Developed Near Me?
StoreWebsitePrice per Camera
CVSwww.cvs.com$24.00
Walgreenswww.photos.walgreens.com$14.99
Walmartwww.walmart.com$XX.XX
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How long will an undeveloped roll of film last? ›

Most negative and movie films have an expiration date. This is typically about two years after the month of manufacture, which is actually a “best if used by” date. The older the film, the more unpredictable it will be in terms of quality.

Where is it cheapest to get film developed? ›

Walmart has one of the lowest prices for developing film, about $7.49 for a 12 exposure roll, images on a CD and a single set of prints.

Can old rolls of film still be developed? ›

Yes. Old film doesn't go bad all at once – colors shift, contrast fades away, and fog builds up.

Does CVS develop film well? ›

Short answer: Yes, CVS does develop film, and a third-party developer does it. All you have to do is drop off your film or disposable camera at a nearby CVS photo center to have it developed. It costs $12 for 12 exposures, and processing takes between 7-10 days for 35mm film and a disposable camera.

Does it cost money to get film developed at Walmart? ›

The cost of developing a film roll varies depending on the number of exposures a film can hold. But, Walmart typically charges between $7.96 to $13.96 for single rolls of film and $9.96 to $18.96 for doubles.

Is 35mm film coming back? ›

Yes! 35mm is still made and is by far the most popular film format that we sell.

Can you shoot a roll of film twice? ›

Load and shoot a roll of film as you normally would for your first pass. Pull the leader when the roll is finished. Reload it into your camera for the second pass. Shoot over it again creating double exposures.

How much should a roll of film cost? ›

It ranges in prices between $8 and $17 per pack of 10 exposures. You can get a better price if you buy in bulk or on sale, though it may take time to find the right vendor. Some stores sell Fuji film in bulk at the same price per pack if bought single elsewhere — just keep that in mind.

Can you develop a 20 year old disposable camera? ›

The short and simple answer is yes, you can still develop them!

Can old film be used? ›

Film for analog film cameras has an expiration date, which implies it will not be usable after that point. However, you can still use expired film—you just have to prepare for unexpected results.

Why are my Walgreens photos blurry? ›

This is a warning that one or more of the photos you've selected for printing is too low-resolution to make a quality print without visible pixels (dots of color).

Do Walgreens employees see the pictures you print? ›

Employees could look at your photo prints, though they are not supposed to. As a practical matter, they are probably so busy that they don't have the time so look at customers' photos.

Are Walgreens photos glossy or matte? ›

Walgreens offers glossy photo finish for in-store same day pickup photo prints and mail order delivered prints. Matte finish prints are exclusively for mail order.

What is the best film to digital converter? ›

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What is the best way to scan old photos? ›

If you want to convert your photos to digital copies at home, the best way to scan photos is by using a flatbed scanner. They are much less likely to damage your photos. They're also compact and will generally only require an ordinary laptop or computer to function.

What is the best way to convert old photos to digital copies? ›

Photo Scanning. By far the easiest option for digitizing old photos is to use your phone. You can simply snap a photo of your old photos, but you can get better results with a photo scanning app.

Does Sam's Club develop 35mm film? ›

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In nearly all the stores, Sam's Club stopped developing film in late 2013. Additionally, they don't have in-store photo mailers and film development cannot be ordered or purchased online.

Where does CVS send film to be developed? ›

– CVS sends out the film to be processed at their district photo lab.

What resolution should I scan 120 film? ›

If you are scanning medium format film (120 and 220) I find 1200 or 2400 to be good, but I will often scan them at 3200 DPI as well. For a moment let me explain why we don't scan at the scanner's full resolution.

Is 120 film still available? ›

2 in 1901. It was originally intended for amateur photography but was later superseded in this role by 135 film. 120 film survives to this day as the only medium format film that is readily available to both professionals and amateur enthusiasts.

Does it matter what brand of film you put in your camera? ›

The film you choose for your camera matters far, far more than your choice of camera and lens. There are three kinds of films you are likely to encounter: colour negatives, E-6 slide films, and traditional black and white films.

Does 220 film still exist? ›

Originally introduced in 1965, 220 film is the same width as 120, but it is double the length (144 cm) and thus twice the number of exposures per roll. Although 220 film is no longer being produced, we are still happy to process any expired 220 film.

Why is 110 better than 220? ›

A 110-VOLT supply is less likely to electrocute you. A 220-volt supply can transmit the power more cheaply because a smaller current is needed, and so you can use thinner cables and/or lose less energy through heat generated in the cables.

Do professionals use 35mm? ›

Of course, 35mm gear shooting film/slides was by far the most popular format for professional photographers. However, as with anything, it depended on what type of 'pro' you were. As a commercial photographer, I had to shoot with 3 different formats and had complete systems in 35mm, medium format and 4x5 view camera.

Does Walgreens develop 35mm film? ›

Film Developing, Negatives, and Disposable Cameras - Options and Pricing. All Walgreens stores with a photo lab can accept your 35mm film. Select stores with a photo lab can also accept APS (Advanced Photo System), 110 film, 127 film, negatives, or a disposable/single-use camera.

Why is 35mm called 135? ›

FILM SIZES

135 FILM: Also referred to as 35mm film (the width of the negative), although that designation is typically reserved for 35 mm cinema stock. The term 135 actually refers to the metal cassette the roll of film is enclosed within. Standard frame size is 36x24mm, with a standard of 36 exposures.

Can you get film rolls developed at Walgreens? ›

Print your favorite images from film, negatives or disposable camera with Film Roll Processing. Whether you've just returned from a tropical vacation and can't wait to relive the gorgeous sunsets, or just found that disposable camera from the wedding last summer, Walgreens Photo will bring your photos to life.

Does anyone still process 35mm film? ›

No matter what type of film requires developing, you can bring it to your local CVS Photo location for processing. Services include processing for 35mm film, disposable cameras, Advanced Photo System film, black and white film, 110 film and slide film.

Can you get 35mm film developed at Walmart? ›

Does Walmart Develop 35mm Film? Yes, Walmart does develop 35mm film. They also develop other types of film, such as 110 and 126. Walmart is the cheapest place to develop film in-store with thousands of convenient locations.

Does target process 35mm film? ›

Does Target Develop 35mm Film? Target doesn't develop 35mm film.

How much does it cost to develop and scan a roll of film? ›

Process & Print Pricing:
TypeC-41B&W
35mm$12/roll$15/roll
120$10/roll$13/roll
220$19/roll$28/roll

Can rolls of film still be developed? ›

Yes. Old film doesn't go bad all at once – colors shift, contrast fades away, and fog builds up. Old film (~10+ years past the process date) will have faded, skewing towards magenta. In many cases, this is preferred and authentic to the time.

Does Costco still develop rolls of film? ›

No. Costco no longer offers developing services for any kind of film. If you have 35mm film that is already developed, you can use the Costco Photo Center to have your negatives digitized.

How long will 35 mm film last? ›

This is typically about two years after the month of manufacture, which is actually a “best if used by” date. The older the film, the more unpredictable it will be in terms of quality.

Will 35mm film ever stop being produced? ›

Is 35mm Film Still Made? Yes! 35mm is still made and is by far the most popular film format that we sell. 35mm is still made by a few of the big dogs in film such as Kodak, Ilford and Fujifilm as well as lots of lovely indie brands such as Film Washi, Dubblefilm and revolog.

What happens if you don't process film? ›

On this date, film, and produce, don't just become completely useless, rather, the quality and freshness of the original product start to decline. Said another way, a camera doesn't become unusable at the “process before” date, it is merely a suggestion “for best results.”

Do you get the film back after developing at Walmart? ›

Something to be mindful of when using Walmart for film developing is that it doesn't return film. Learn more about why Walmart doesn't return film.

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