I had been hearing about this little box long before they went to Kickstarter. It looked exciting but did not really see it as something that I needed. Let me explain why and why I changed my mind.
This system seems great however it only develops one roll at a time. Will the amount of shooting I do, I often times develop three rolls at a time. This is the advantage of only having two film stocks as you can develop them at the same time. This was a big limitation in my view.
Two things changed my mind. The first was the realization that occasionally I do like to develop one roll especially when traveling. The second is that film is having a re-birth and I want to be a part of it. Buying used cameras does not support a business. It helps the individual selling their old equipment.
Buying film, chemical, darkroom paper and the like does help the industry. This allows my money to hit a companies bottom line. And I need that to happen. I want them to keep making film.
So last night I went ahead and bought one of their packages on Kickstarter. I hope that their incredible 570K Pounds raised compared to their goal of 70K will help show companies that there is a business to be had.
The second thing I did was order some film from Ferrania for their new P30 Alpha film. It is not cheap and shipping was very high but again I am not doing this for the film. I am doing this to support an industry that is trying to make a comeback. While my few dollars keep film from disappearing? Hell no, but I will sleep soundly knowing I did my part.
So I ordered five rolls of P30 film and the 2 module system from the LAB-BOX. I encourage all of you to do the same. Even a small pledge will help as will the purchase of a single roll. Yes you can do it cheaper but you would not be rewarding the people who have decided to invest their time and energy into our hobby.
Kickstarter Lab-Box can be found HERE.
Ferrania Film Shop can be found HERE.