dev.a development machine2
A new way
Automatic and intuitive
Fit for every photographic development
Simple and intuitive
Simple as using your smartphone's apps, the 7" touch display make the dev.a intuitive and linear. Forget bulky controls and intricated display menus
Supporting all still photography processes, both black and white and color and both negatives and positives, the dev.a has 6 different chemistry tanks that you can fill with 6 different chemicals. When the process is done you can recollect the chemistry using the taps on the front of the machine, alternatively, in case of one-shot chemistry, everything can be automatically discarded directly after processing. Please note that stabilizers and wetting agent steps should be performed manually outside the machine to avoid excessive foaming and bubbling.
The chemistry tanks and the film tank can be fully immersed in a recirculating water bath that heats everything up to the desired temperature and, once the temperature is reached, maintains it consistently throughout the process.
The water bath can be filled and managed in two ways:
- automatically: if the machine is connected to a pressurized water source, such as a sink faucet
- manually: by pouring the water into the bath from a bucket or a jug
And when you’re done processing, the water serves a second purpose and will not be wasted, it can be used in the automatic cleaning process.
Three different film tanks sizes have been provided to support your processing needs as efficiently as possible, from 35mm rolls up to 8×10 sheets. For 35mm or 120 rolls, our tanks are compatible with Jobo series 1500 reels or with Paterson/AP reels. For large formats customm reels are yet to be distributed by the manifacturers, instructions will follow.
Film rotation is provided by magnets. The base of the inner column of the tank contains eight magnets that, when the tank is inserted into the machine, are coupled with other eight magnets mounted on a motor. When the motor spins, the film spins as well. Rotation parameters, such as speed and inversion interval, can be configured via software.
The machine is controlled using the large 7″ touch display and an intuitive user interface. The machine comes with a few presets but everything is customizable. Up to 100 custom processes with up to 30 steps each can be stored on the machine, entering process data will be extremely easy using the on-screen virtual keyboard.
If you need complete darkness in your darkroom the display and the status led can be turned completely off without shutting the machine down. This way you can keep printing or doing other darkroom work even if the machine is processing some film in the background. The display frame is hinged on the top plate and can swivel in and out, this way, when you don’t need to use it, it can rest flat against the machine body and be out of the way.
All the settings you set up can be imported and saved to a USB drive to have a backup of your data or to move everything to another machine without having to enter everything again from scratch.
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