An intuitive system for developing different formats of roll film, the orange LAB-BOX from ars-imago is a unique tank that permits both loading and processing of film in complete daylight. Featuring a distinct interchangeable module design, it is possible to quickly switch from 120 to 35mm formats just by changing the loading module. Film can be loaded into the tank in daylight via these modules using an intuitive winding motion that safely pulls the film onto the reel for development, and then this winding motion also permits using either intermittent or continuous agitation methods. When agitating continuously, 10.1 oz of chemistry is required; when agitating intermittently, 16.6 oz of chemistry is required for even development. The tank itself is constructed from plastic and is designed to be as compact and lightweight as possible, measuring 7.2 x 3.9 x 4.9" and weighing 1.6 lb, and the lid's design specifically promotes fast filling and emptying of chemistry for consistent and even results.
- Multi-Format Film Developing System
- Daylight Loading and Processing
- Includes 1 x 35mm and 1 x 120 Modules
- Continuous or Intermittent Agitation
ars-imago Lab-Box Overview
ars-imago Lab-Box Specs
|Format||1 x 35mm Film Roll|
1 x 120 Film Roll
|Solution Capacity||16.6 fl oz / 490.0 mL|
|Material||Plastic, Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||7.17 x 3.86 x 4.88" / 182 x 98 x 124 mm|
|Weight||1.65 lb / 750 g|
|Package Weight||2.49 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||12.1 x 6.2 x 5.4"|
ars-imago Lab-Box Reviews
Longtime film developer and it ruined 4 out of 6 rolls 120
Doesn't load right, doesn't develop correctly, and you have no idea anything wrong until you've ruined your film.
This Device is Ingenious
I've had a lot of experience loading film on to steel reels and when I recently decided to shoot B&W film again, I was frustrated by the trouble of loading the reels in the dark. Then, I came across a number of videos featuring the LAB-BOX and was intrigued. Since purchasing the 135/120 option from B&H, I've processed 3 rolls of 135 film and one roll of 120 film and am delighted with the results. I think that the secret to success with the LAB-BOX is to read and understand the instructions before assembling and using the device. I also found it very helpful to do a practice run with some old film to see how the loading process works.
I have so far developed 4 rolls of 120 film. The first 1 yield 1 1/2 photos, the second 4, the third none and the 4th yielded 9 out of 12. The problem is the take up spool. I only got it right on the 4th try, and even then it partially unraveled. I've just returned to film after many years, enjoying the B&W film feel of the negatives. But so far if I had any critical negatives that I had to have, I would send it out rather than rely on the lab box. Frankly for $200, the plastic doesn't seem very good. I also wonder why these don't ship with the reel already assembled. It is not easy to read the L and R for left and right, nor is it easy to line them up correctly. After I do a few more, I may revisit this review, but for now, eh!
Ruined every roll
I was an early purchaser of this product. The way this thing spools the film does not allow for proper separation and even distribution of chemicals. Not one roll of 35 or 120 has come out half as good as using a traditional tank. Do not waste your money or your film on this product. Stick with what has worked for decades.
Do not purchase this from B&H
Do not purchase this from B&H, if something is wrong, or you are missing a part you will be informed by B&H that we can not help you that is after you get the item.
Just did my first roll - works slick!
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