I’ve been keeping an eye on the Lab-Box project for almost a year now. What started as a Kickstarter is now available in pre-order until october 31st (with shipping estimated for february).
Lab-Box is a solution for those who want to get into developing their own black and white 35mm and 120mm film. It’s an all-in-one solution that eliminates the need for a darkroom or -bag for loading and developing film. You just put your film in the appropriate attachment according to size, attach the cartridge to the main unit and crank the film into the main chamber, kind of like you would when loading the camera.
With 35mm cartridges you either want to leave a bit of lead to attach to the crank by not completely rewinding or prying it out with the appropriate tool. I’ve gone ahead and splurged on the optional lid with built in thermometer and timer.
After all these years, I’m finally getting around to doing my own developing. I can’t wait to get it in the mail and get started. Before then, I’m going to do some research on the available chemicals from Ars Imago and elsewhere. If you have any tips on which brands of chemical to use, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
I’ll keep you guys posted once it arrives. If you want to get in on the pre-order make sure you check the Ars-Imago shop before october 31st. The basic kit will set you back 129 euro, the optional lid 35 euro and a prying tool for 35mm canisters comes in at 6.90 euro. Given that sending out a roll of B&W costs around 6 to 8 euro, it pays back itself pretty fast.