Where to Buy, Develop & Scan Film in Minsk?
When you’re traveling and documenting your trips on film – it may happen you need more rolls or want to share your shots just from your tourist destination. We’ve picked for you top Minsk places where you can buy a roll or develop one and get it sent to you via e-mail.
Address: vulica Kujbyšava, 22
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri-Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Definitely, it’s the most case-specific and popular place among film-lovers. The guys have been working in the field for a while and have developed their own unique atmosphere, crowd and a set of services. Here you can get color negative and black and white film processing, scanning and printing done. Color slide film can be developed as well but it may take up to several weeks. Color and B/W negative film orders processing usually takes about a day or two – it depends on the general number of orders.
They also have various types of film in stock. Here you can buy a new and expired 35mm, medium format, Polaroid film and ready to use disposable cameras. A bunch of second-hand film cameras and lenses are also available.
Prices are about € 2.5 for 35mm color film processing and € 3.5-5 for scanning (depends on the image resolution). They have several different purpose-specific film scanners. You may choose either lossless tiff or lossy jpeg format for your scans and they will be sent to your e-mail.
Address: vulica Biady, 36
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Run by skillful professionals this photo center provides the best price/quality ratio when it comes to processing, digitizing and printing color negative film.
Color film is developed and scanned on Fuji Minilab. The chemicals are always fresh because of the large flow of orders. The price is about € 3-4 for development plus € 2-3 for scanning per film. You can get your files in lossless BMP or lossy JPG on email as well.
A large variety of new 35mm and medium format film is available for purchase here. The variety is not as great as in Photosquat, but the prices are usually a bit lower.
Address 1: praspiekt Niezaliežnasci, 3-2 (underground shopping mall “Stalica”)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10 a.m.– 10 p.m.
Address 2: vulica Čarnyšeŭskaha, 11
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
There are several Fujifilm digital photo centers, but we’d recommend two central ones. Here you can buy a roll of film, get it developed (Fuji machinery) and printed. Also, they have Instax cassettes on sale. Prices are average – around € 6 for a roll and € 2-4 for processing and scanning. These are not centers for professionals, so the quality is standard. Your film will be ready in 2-7 days. Visitors mark a greater quality of developed and printed photos at the second location.
Address: vulica Maksima Tanka, 30/2
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
You may also drop in one of Vilia photo centers, though all film rolls are taken to the central one for development. So going directly to the central office will save you some time. They offer purchasing film rolls, development and scanning. Time and quality of development is average as in other digital photo centers. Moreover, developing is cheaper here – € 1.8 for b/w and negative film.
There are some other private photo centers, such as Magiya Foto (vulica Hikaly, 1) or FotoMax (vulica Revaliucyjnaja, 1). They are popular among nearby dwellers and they offer pretty the same range of services, but of different qualities, so the result may be a little unexpected.
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