Or “The Film Photographer’s Guide to Berlin” if you will.
Just recently I thought to myself: Hey, why not compile a list of shops and labs in Berlin that serve the needs of a film geek? It’s probably of good use for people coming to Berlin, and to people living here who are just curious where they can get the good photo stuff. This list is compiled to the best of my knowledge, and might not be a hundred percent exact, so no guarantees here. I’ll fix and add shops as I continue to explore the film photography landscape of Berlin. See it as a good start of shops I’m aware of. If you know more shops around here, let me know!
- Foto Impex
Alte Schönhauser Str. 32B
All kinds of film, a big shelf of rather exotic black and white film, including Efke, Foma, ADOX, and others. Also carry a good line of Holga cameras and Superheadz products. Especially the Holgas are quite reasonably priced, especially compared to the Lomo shop down the street.
Film prices are very reasonable too, e.g. a 5-pack of 120 Kodak Portra 400VC will set you back 20 EUR. They also have every kind of photo accessory the film nerd could wish for.
They develop film too, usually on the same day. Check out their catalog for the full pricing details.
- Foto Impex
Specialised in all things regarding black and white photography, this is the shop to go to if you’re into that kind of stuff. Accessories galore, cameras (yes, also toy cameras, but the Lomo kind) and film, lots of film. I usually buy my Rollei Retro film here. Not sure if Rollei keeps making it, but with 2 EUR a roll it was quite a good price too.
They also develop black and white, and two doors down the street there’s another shop that develops film.
Get your Lomo gear here. They have pretty much everything from the Lomographic Society here, slightly more expensive than in their online shop, but you save on shipping. Take your pick. Do not buy film here, the prices are ridiculous. 8 EUR for a roll of Fuji Superia 100, the cheapest film you could ask for.
PolaPremium’s first retail store and Polaroid gallery. Get your instant film and camera fixes here. Film is slightly more expensive than online, but you save on the expensive flatrate shipping.
Zossener Str. 37
Nothing fancy, just a small shop that sells used cameras apart from the usual photography shop stuff. They also have film, but the main reason I keep rubbing my nose on their windows is the shelf with used cameras. They keep getting in new ones from time to time. Luck had it, they got a Lomo LCA in one day, and I bought it immediately. Good people, always up for a chat.
Kamera Service Ostkreuz
Neue Bahnhofstr. 6
The shop’s been there for more than 40 years. It’s one of the last shops where you can get good service for old East-German cameras. If you have a broken Praktica, Contax, Pentacon, you name it. I had two cameras in for service. While they can’t get replacement parts for everything they might just for your camera, or at least they could offer you a decent replacement.
They’re also selling used camera gear. Haven’t been there in a while, since they’re opening hours are only from 10 am till 6 pm I think, and they’re closed on Wednesdays as far as I remember.
- PPS Imaging
My local lab of choice. Probably had some 150 rolls developed here already. Always good work, never been disappointed. Normally just development will set you back 5.95 EUR per roll, but there’s specials on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for E6 (slide), C41 (color negative) and black and film respectively. On these days the price is 20% less, so 4.16 EUR per roll. I usually collect rolls of each kind, or I only use a specific kind each week, and bring them in all at once. Development is usually done within 2 to 3 hours. On normal days you get 10% off when you give them 24 hours time. 220 film is 10.71 per roll, 8.33 on the respective special days.
They also have five giant fridges full of film, including Ilford, Fuji and Kodak, so mainly the big brands. They do prints of all kinds of course, develop 4×5 film too. They don’t have a price catalog and a full service list online, but trust me, you’ll be served here. They also rent out camera and photo gear, I’m constantly eyeing a Hassy 503CW.
Con is that they’re opening hours could be a bit better. There are labs close by that have slightly more consumer-friendly opening hours. PPS is open from 9 am to 7 pm weekdays, and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. No extra fees for cross-processing, no idea on pushing/pulling though, never tried it.
A friend has his film developed here, and is a happy customer. They’re not open on Saturdays, but Sundays from 2 pm to 9 pm, and weekdays from 9 am till 8 pm. Their current pricing list is available. Prices for just development are similar to PPS. Just like PPS, no extra cost for cross-processing and pushing/pulling one stop.
They also rent out photo equipment and cameras.
Can’t say much on the quality, just that their pricing seems quite reasonable. They’re open till 10 pm I think. Their website still states 11 pm, but they just changed that, and I saw it in their store window.
Full list of prices is available. These guys are also open Sundays from 2 pm to 10 pm. Cross-processing is slightly cheaper than slide processing. Cheapest price for C41 development, acetat sleeve however is extra.