Unboxing the SP-445

The new SP-445 Compact 4×5 Film Processing System arrived today. Now to go shoot some film and test it out!

I was a tiny bit worried by the packaging: it had a couple of layers of thin bubble wrap around it and was dropped into a paper envelope. I sorta expected a box with some cardboard or something to hold everything together a bit better, and Alhamdulillah it appears to have no damage.

It’s a bit dusty on the inside, but otherwise appears in good shape. InshaAllah I’ll burn some film shortly and test it out after a quick bath.

I’m very excited for this thing: no more R3 Monobath in a plastic sandwich container in the dark bag. As good as the R3 is, I’m excited to see what 4×5 FP4 looks like processed in D76. The Graphic View is mounted on the tripod, I have some FP4 and HP5 loaded in holders, the sun is shining, and I have an hour or so before I need to get out and mow the lawn…

Let’s do this!

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