Something new in the development of black & white and color film films, the Lab-Box. Its promise: a daylight end-to-end development.
As a reminder, Paterson tanks are opaque cylindrical containers allowing film to be loaded onto turns to develop them.
The Lab-Box: how it works
As the name suggests, the Lab-Box is a box. Compact and airtight to light, it is designed to facilitate the development of 135 and 120 format negatives. It consists of two parts. A first which is similar to a loading magazine in which the film to be developed is placed. The second part contains a reel and accommodates the development bath. The lid placed on the top of the box allows all development operations to be carried out in broad daylight.
Just like in a Paterson tank in the end. Well no !
In a development process with a Paterson tank, the first step, loading the exposed film, must be done in absolute darkness. You have to put the film on the coil, then put it in the tank and close the latter, then the light can be re-turned on.
For the Lab-Box, loading is done in broad daylight, an undeniable gain in comfort. It is no longer necessary to have a completely blind part or a sleeve.
For the rest, the process is similar to a Paterson tank. Note however that an additional module, the Lid Pro, provides the tank with a thermometer and a timer.
The Lab-Box: price
On the price side, the Lab-Box displays the following prices:
Lab-Box (Black, Green or Orange) + Store 120 or 135: € 159
Lab-Box (Black, Green or Orange) + Store 120 and 135: € 199
Crank (Black, Green or Orange): € 19
Lid pro : € 79
Paterson vs Lab-Box
Undeniably the Lab-Box easily wins the ergonomics match. But, and this is where the bottom hurts, the price leaves you thinking. There are, without difficulty, Paterson tanks with one or more turns around 50 €. You therefore have to pay almost four times more to be able to develop 135 films and 120 films with a Lab-Box.
As for the Lid pro, 79 € to know the temperature in the box and have a timer, it is simply money thrown out the windows. In any case, you must have a thermometer to know the temperature of the product before pouring it into the Lab-Box or the Paterson tank.