After searching around for a local place with reasonable prices to develop my traditional b&w film I realised it really is a dead service. Only a handful of places in Sydney, a city of millions, can do it for you and it's certainly not cheap. Prices range from $8 for a direct drop off to $12 for a delivery service at your local photographic store (if they offer it). This is for developing negatives only. It made sense to buy my own gear to develop my film. After the first couple of dozen rolls this gear will have paid for itself. But it's more than just the money. I think there will be a closer relationship with the photos you develop. Can't wait to destroy a few rolls and eventually learn how to develop properly. I'm asking for any tips you might have. I know there are a few of you on here that do your own developing so please lend a hand. I also know I'm not the only one thinking about developing my own stuff so I'm sure this thread will come in handy to others. Gear Basically you will need 3 things. Should be able to pick this up for around $100 on the cheap or you can spend a bit more and support your local which is what I did. Tank/reels Black bag or a dark room Chemicals The rest can be done on the cheap from stuff around the home. Jugs for chemical work solutions Measuring cups Thermometer Large sink Scissors Can opener Method From here on in you need to follow instructions according to the chemicals you are using. The process looks simple but requires practise so I would advise to use test film initially. Here are a few resources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu0Ul_wsYO8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAoQt5wLGjs&feature=related http://www.wikihow.com/Develop-Black-and-White-Film http://www.photogs.com/bwworld/bwfilmdev.html http://www.darkroomsource.net/tech-bw-film.shtml Here's what I bought today. Price came to $240 with student discount. I went a bit all out with some of the stuff so don't fret, it can be done for much cheaper.