FilmNeverDie Unveils CP800: $ 2,750 Automatic Rotary Drum Film Processor

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Melbourne, Australia-based professional photo lab and retail store FilmNeverDie announced the new Compact Processor 800 (CP800) via a Kickstarter campaign. The new automated rotary drum film processor is capable of handling black and white, color, slides and film films.

The company says the CP800 was designed to address the shortcomings of outdated and overused film processors by increasing reliability and reducing costs associated with film processing. The large capacity processing drum of CP800 can efficiently process 8 × 135 or 4 × 120 rolls at a time.

The drum has a two-piece, half-cylinder configuration that locks into place to form a complete seal, preventing any light or chemical leakage. This includes PVC / 3D printed coil blanks to help minimize chemical consumption when processing small batches.

The system has one or more chemistry channels to the water to allow flexible use of chemistry, taking advantage of twelve indexed pipes (six inlets and six outlets) with the ability to recover or empty any spent chemistry or “One-shot” and removable chemical storage containers of two and five liters.

The company claims the CP800 is fully modular (available as a tabletop processor or as a complete system with a movable frame), can handle any stock, any ISO, and has a wide variety of customizable presets accessible through dimmable backlit LCD display.

The display system uses D-pad control because “touch screens will not work well with wet gloves.” In addition, the system has a programmable temperature control system to automatically manage bath water and chemical solutions.

“Not only do we want to take better care of our customers by having our own machines, but we also want to give laboratories around the world the right tools and infrastructure to support film photography as a whole,” says Gary Wong, co -Founder of FilmNeverDie. “By committing to a future in both film lab hardware and software, we are ensuring that film photography remains accessible. There are so many new movie labs opening up that it’s hard to keep up, we love to see the community grow.

The compact CP800 800 processor is available on Kickstarter for as low as $ 2,525 (AU $ 3,500) just to support the project, or up to $ 2,750 (AU $ 3,800) for a retail CP800 “processor module. “and a chemical storage system. FilmNeverDie estimates that the shipment of the first batch of finished units will begin in May 2022 with the last units shipped in September 2022. This is of course provided that the project meets its funding target of $ 257,799 by September 18. 2021.


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