New Rotary Processing Solution – AGO Film Processor – IndieGoGo Launch – 3 October 2023
When it comes to home processing, one of the best tools I have ever used is rotary processors; these offer up a nice hands-off approach to development and often take the guesswork out of what is a slow rhythm. It also makes longer development times shorter, and when you’re pressed for time, the more rolls you can run in a session, the better. For the longest time, the only real option for home users was Jobo units. But these take up much space and are fairly costly to purchase and repair. There have been other units, the AuRA and B’s Processor (my personal choice). But launching on 3 October 2023, a new device, the AGO, will launch on Indie Go Go.
Vintage Visual is thrilled to introduce you to the AGO Film Processor, a product born from over two years of development and my master’s thesis. I embarked on this project because I noticed a gap between regular development tanks and the larger, more expensive processors like JOBO, leaving limited options for film development at home. My vision was to create a processor with existing high-end product functionalities but to make it compact and affordable. The Paterson tank was the foundation and incorporated automated agitation using a small DC motor. The only thing missing was temperature control. You know it is a must if you’ve processed colour film before. This led down a rabbit hole of datasheets. Through extensive research and collaboration with mathematicians, we devised various algorithms that compensate for time during development, considering the different temperatures specified in Ilford B&W and various C-41 chemical datasheets. This breakthrough allows for flexibility, such as a C-41 developer temperature can range from 30 to 38 degrees Celsius (86-100°F).
A few months ago, we launched a beta sales campaign in Europe, offering approximately 30 units to individuals open to sharing their experiences with us. Now, it’s time for the crowdfunding campaign. AGO is launching on 3. October on IndieGoGo. AGO is mainly targeted at home users and small labs. People who would like to automate their developing process with an affordable and compact tool capable of developing any film they shoot. The early bird price is 320€ (343 USD), and the regular price is 350€ (375 USD).
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