We've been working on something...
We're finally ready to announce the soft launch of our new film lab. We are now offering an in-house develop and scanning service for C41, E6 and black and white film.
We've been working on this for some time and we're excited to finally be able to share with you how we plan to do things a little differently.
To begin with, we're testing our systems and processes in a limited pool of our customers so we can hit the ground running.
We understand that a great lab experience is built upon communication and we want your feedback.
Things you like, things you don't like and things you want to see in the future.
In our soft launch phase we will be running a mail-in, dropbox and limited hours service. We will be moving to full time hours at our new space in Williamstown North shortly thereafter.
How does it work?
Step 1. Fill in our online order form
Our simple online ordering system lets you quickly select and pay for what you need, set your scanning preferences and helps us to manage our workload. Click the below button to enter our ordering system and to see our price list.
Step 2. Mail your film to us, bring it in, or use our after-hours dropbox
The next time you order film, you will have the option of purchasing pre-paid postage labels at a significant discount. All you need to do is reverse the box your order came in, affix the label to the top and drop it into any red Australia Post box.
We'll handle the rest.
Alternatively, you can post your film to our standard mailing address at PO Box 971, Williamstown, 3016 at any Australia Post outlet.
If you'd like to drop your film off in person, shoot us an email or simply use our after hours dropbox.
If we're onsite, feel free to come and say hi! Otherwise, our dropbox is located at the below address and is accessible 24/7.
Step 3. Process and Scan
Depending on your preferences, we can scan your work on either our Frontier or Noritsu scanner. You can learn about the differences between them here.
These industry titans both offer a unique look and now you can choose what best suits your work.
When your processing is finished and your scans are ready, we'll upload them to our transfer service and automatically email you the link when the upload is complete.
We'll even keep your negatives on site until you're ready to pick them up, or simply have them posted back to you.
How we're different
Quick Online Ordering System
We're doing away with paper forms. Our system lets you quickly and easily place your order and helps us to manage our workload.
No more having to print, scan and email forms, so throw away your pen!
We're keeping it simple so you can spend more time shooting.
Film Processing Mailers
Use our film processing postage labels to conveniently send your rolls off for processing. Simply reverse the box your Ikigai order came in, affix the postage label to the top and drop it into any red Australia Post box.
You won't need to line up at a post office, buy packaging or pay full postage rates.
Click here for more information
Higher Resolution Scans
We've got some great scanners capable of very high resolutions and have a network that can handle large uploads quickly. This means we can offer our higher res scans for less.
We offer two scan sizes. Standard and High.
Our standard size is large enough for decently sized prints and our high res scans are even better.
We've also partnered with Bridget Mac at Format scan to provide you with 10% off some already great prices on Flextight virtual drum scans.
Bridget is great at what she does and whether you're exhibiting or just wanting to print big for yourself, it's hard to go past a virtual drum scan.
Click below for more info and just provide a recent Ikigai receipt for your discount.
We handle all of our development in-house and do not outsource.
This means a shorter turnaround time for processing and a lower overall cost for you.
We're a one-stop-shop for C-41, E-6 and Black & White processes.
Choice of Scanner
For our standard and high res scans you can choose between using our Frontier or Noritsu scanners. Learn about the differences here
Roller Transport or Rotary Development
We have a well maintained roller transport machine and rotary processor onsite.
If you need to push or pull your film you can opt for our rotary process.
You can learn about the differences between these methods here.