Film photography can be a gateway to many things. For hobbyist Mark Webb, it was a means to reminisce the past. Mark enjoys the process and the medium itself, so much so that he wanted to create something that could help other film lovers with their developing process. Alas, The Developist was born.
The Developist came to be when Mark was looking for a way to simplify the film developing process. He saw that keeping up with various elements in the developing stage proved to be difficult, so he set out to find a way to address it. And since the Filmomat was out of his reach due to its hefty price tag, Mark was convinced that he had to make a film processor on his own. He gathered the materials needed, and with his technical know-how, he went on and made a prototype for his semi-automated film processor.
Mark’s invention doesn’t look quite as stylish as the Filmomat or the Kanton DX35 we’ve featured a while back but it does the job well. The Developist essentially lets you keep track of the temperature, agitation, and timing of the developing process — acting much like an assistant, giving you all the pertinent information in real time. Still, human participation is still a big factor in the film developing process but there’s no doubt that Mark’s simple contraption makes the whole thing a lot easier.
While other film processing kits cost in the upwards of hundreds and thousands of dollars, Mark’s Developist can actually be built in under 50 USD. Talk about affordable. Not only will you be able to get a fully-working film developing assistant, you also get to save a lot of cash in the process. But that’s not the real clincher here. What’s more amazing in this project is that Mark is willing to share his technology for free with like-minded people who share the same passion. That’s right, for free. He just loves what he does, that’s it.
If you’re interested in building your own Developist, it would be best for you to follow Mark’s progress on his website as he constantly posts updates about his project. He also recently posted some sample photos he processed using The Developist. We’ve got to say, the samples came out pretty sweet! We’ve also read on The Phoblographer that he’s already working on a fully-automated version of The Developist so that’s something to really look forward to.
Kudos to Mark for sharing his lovely creation with everyone. He is just the type of analogue lover that we can all aspire to be. Long live, film!