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    "Filmomat" prototype roll/sheet film processor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhgO...&feature=share

    Someone posted this on APUG so I thought I'd put it here. Incredible work. The only thing I'm not crazy about is air burst agitation, but I guess it should be ok for one-shot chemical use unless one is using developers more subject to aerial oxidation issues during processing (staining/tanning formulas).

    Very cool machine.

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    Re: "Filmomat" home-built processor

    Neat, how much, and no 8x10

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    Re: "Filmomat" home-built processor

    Use a reducing back

    Or I suppose the guy could scale it up to 8x10 for you assuming the pumps etc. can handle more solution.

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    Re: "Filmomat" home-built processor

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhgO...&feature=share

    Someone posted this on APUG so I thought I'd put it here. Incredible work. The only thing I'm not crazy about is air burst agitation, but I guess it should be ok for one-shot chemical use unless one is using developers more subject to aerial oxidation issues during processing (staining/tanning formulas).

    Very cool machine.
    Very nice, beats mine all to Hell.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DddOzSUeRc
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    Home-made automatic color film processing machine - up to 5x7

    This fellow has built a plexiglass box with plumbing and circuitry that will process up to 5x7 film automatically:
    http://silver-image.blogspot.com/201...-filmomat.html

    A very impressive build.

    In his comments section you can see a guest asking (I think 5 times) when he will be able to buy one.


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    Re: Home-made automatic color film processing machine - up to 5x7

    All those potential buyers might re consider once they hear the price tag.

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    Re: Home-made automatic color film processing machine - up to 5x7

    Quote Originally Posted by koh303 View Post
    All those potential buyers might re consider once they hear the price tag.
    I'm not so sure about that. A post on APUG:

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddle View Post
    We went back and forth on emails.
    Unit will be available next month, he's working on some small issues.. Will be built to order, about 2000 euros, although he's still determining parts costs...

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    Re: Home-made automatic color film processing machine - up to 5x7

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal Santamaura View Post
    I'm not so sure about that. A post on APUG:
    It's interesting that folks whine about high prices of film equipment, then jump up and down when someone promises to make something new, with no proven track record, limited capabilities for a high price tag.

    IN all honesty i wish him much luck, and hope he can make this into a commercially viable product. I will be the first to order and buy (as i already have with this and other promises in the past).

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    Re: Home-made automatic color film processing machine - up to 5x7

    Quote Originally Posted by koh303 View Post
    It's interesting that folks whine about high prices of film equipment, then jump up and down when someone promises to make something new, with no proven track record, limited capabilities for a high price tag.

    IN all honesty i wish him much luck, and hope he can make this into a commercially viable product. I will be the first to order and buy (as i already have with this and other promises in the past).
    It is a competitive product to your offerings, not the same obviously, but you need to dissect it and for you that is a deductible research cost of business.

    Reverse engineering is standard operating procedure for any size entity.

    I also wish him success in sales and corporate longevity.
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    Re: Home-made automatic color film processing machine - up to 5x7

    It's a *beautiful* product, love the design, functionality and small footprint.

    But, he would have to team up with a company that could offer proper support and a warranty. Also, I shoot a fair bit of Rollei IR400 in 4x5 and there is no way in heck it would work in his standard tank, they would stick together due to how thin the base is. Expert drums are the only thing I have found that gives good consistent results with that film.

    Either way, it's darn cool to see folks thinking about how to move the film niche forward, I certainly wish him luck!

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