The best shops to buy old cameras, mend your equipment and process films professionally.

IQ Lab 

Good for: Processing and printing. Apart from specializing in C-41 negative film processing, IQ Lab also offers a full range of Leica products. 50-MB file-size hi-resolution 4x5 film-format scanning at B400.
35 ITF-Silom Palace Building, 02-266-4080. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm; Sat 8:30am-noon. BTS Chong Nonsi. www.iqlab.co.th
 

Siam TLR

Good for: Beginners. Siam TLR offers various secondhand models at all price points: TLR, SLR, RF, Lomo, compact, half-frame and toy. Novices with limited budget are welcome to drop by and talk to the knowledgeable owner, Surash Wannasri, for advice on how to get started. He recommends the Olympus Trip 35 at B2,800.
Unit 6, G/F, Mahatun Plaza Building, 888, Soi Bangkok Bank, 081-431-0351. Open Mon-Fri noon-6:30pm; Sat noon-5pm. BTS Ploen Chit. www.fb.com/SiamTLR.Shop
 

Patani Studio

Good for: Quality processing and scanning. Apart from negative film processing, Patani Studio is one of very few photo labs that offers color reversal film processing and a fully-equipped rental darkroom where customers only have to bring their own photo paper (B2,000/8 hrs).
59, Soi Nana,Charoenkrung Rd., 081-985-9691. Open daily 10am-6pm. www.fb.com/patanistudio
 

A&B Digital Lab 

Good for: Rush-job processing. Color negative-film is developed in 1-2 hours at B3/photo. Though you’ll have to wait longer for professional C-41 processing.
Opposite Central Ladprao, 1152/3 Phahon Yothin Rd., 085-954-5163, 02-511-3498. Open daily 8:30am-10pm. www.fb.com/ABdigitallab
 

Mega Plaza

Good for: Everything film camera-related. A number of camera shops from the old Pirom Plaza have now settled here, doing the same business for old hands and newbies prepared to bargain. Among the countless stores and services on offer is The Eye Focus Camera Café (081-559-7487), run by Anurak “Tui” Inthachai, whose respected camera maintenance skills mean month-long waits. His services start from B1,000. Various models of film camera can also be rented daily from most shops, with prices starting from B1,000 for Nikon FM or equal.
5/F, Mega Plaza, 900 Maha Chai Rd., Wang Burapha Phirom. Open daily 10:30-6pm
 

Pro Color Lab 

Good for: Developing blackand-white negative film (B100/film).
35 Ratchada Niwet, Pracharat Bamphen Rd., 02-691-6041-42, 02-691-3649-50. Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. www.procolorlab.com
 

Wing Strap

Good for: Toy cameras, expired films and a wide selection of accessories, including antique products from Kodak and Fuji such as film cases, torches, cross-body bags, toys, socks, etc. Kittyfiltered toy cameras start at B450.
Siam Gypsy Junction, Bangkok-Nonthaburi Rd., 083-928-7038. Open Sat-Sun 6pm onwards. Line: carsbomb
 

Photo Gallery

Good for: Pro-level camera seekers. This shop stocks only high-quality German models such as Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, as well as some top-tier Japanese brands like Mamiya. The owner, Boonlue Fugfuyard, is really knowledgeable and happy to dish out advice. The shop also offers camera repairs. Ask in-store for prices.
Room 443, 4/F, Thaniya Plaza, Silom Rd., 081-459-3607. Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm. BTS Sala Daeng. www.fb.com/Photogalleryshop
 

 

Chaya Jitrakorn

Good for: Nostalgic hearts who want their portrait quaintly taken in an old school-style studio. 24-inch ID photo in color at B2,450/photo.
703-705 Chakra Petch Rd., 02-623-7320. Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
 

Key

Cameras | Lenses/Accessories | Films | Camera maintenance | Processing


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