The Fox Darkroom wishes to share with you our passion for hands-on photographic development and printing by offering a lab service like no other in Melbourne. Here at The Fox we believe that every roll of film deserves to receive full attention, with access to individualised treatment that will make the images shine.
We accomplish this by offering an individualised service, with different developers, dilutions and treatment options to suit your conception. Every service carried out will be done so by one of our skilled darkroom technicians, putting years of skill and love into every film or darkroom print they process.
HOW TO ORDER
There are three ways to get your film to us:
Come and see us at The Fox Darkroom to hand in your film during business hours
Download the PDF order form and mail it in an envelope with your rolls of film to The Fox Darkroom, 8 Elizabeth St Kensington, VIC 3031, and we will process and post your film back to you within 7 days!
ID-11 is our standard developer for a reason – it is one of the industry standards for all purpose film development. It ensures a great balance of fine grain, sharpness and even tonality which works brilliantly with all B&W films. ID-11 is a solvent, fine grain developer. We generally use this developer at Stock solution, although we can dilute 1+1 or 1+3 for controlled contrast (compensation) and sharper negatives with slightly more pronounced grain. The more dilution, the more exaggerated the above effects. Effects of dilution will vary across film stocks.
Rodinal is the oldest B&W negative processing solution still in regular use today. First developed in 1891 this developer is what you could call tried and tested, producing beautiful negatives for over a century. As a non-solvent developer it produces incredibly sharp negatives and a pronounced, yet tight grain structure that many photographers find very pleasing. We recommend Rodinal R09 to be used with low to medium speed films and especially recommend it’s use for 120 and 4×5 formats. Rodinal R09 can be diluted at 1:25 or 1:50, with the greater dilution producing increased acutance (sharpness), less contrast and less pronounced grain. Effects of dilution will vary across different film stocks.
whilst retaining shadow detail and improved edge sharpness at the expense of a small increase in apparent grain size.
We offer 5 levels of scanning here at Fox. Low resolution JPEG scans are great for seeing the images from your roll, posting to social media and sharing with your friends. With our high resolution scans the options are immense, with four options for quality1. 2gb maximum file output (output will depend on film format) we can achieve digital enlargements to enormous degrees.
Making a darkroom enlargement is the natural final step after you have made great negative! Utilising our years of experience working under the red lights we can dodge, burn and tone a print to your specifications. We can offer custom prints from your favourite negatives on either Resin Coated or Fibre Based Ilford paper. Please see our section on contact prints for the differences between these two materials.