ADOX brings back the SCALA development kits

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ADOX brings back the SCALA development kits

Post by titrisol » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:08 pm

Published in APUG/Photrio a couple of days back
IN the US it will be carried by freestyle
ADOX wrote: Dear film photographers, our new ADOX SCALA BW reversal kit is available now via our global distributor Fotoimpex.

The ADOX SCALA Kit only has two parts (plus an optional clear bath), radically simplifying the black&white reversal process. Simply mix the developer and bleach 1+1 with water, and get going!

The ADOX innovation in the new SCALA Process is the complete avoidance of dichromates and other corrosives. This is the only reversal kit which can be shipped worldwide.
Another achievement after three years of R&D is the very stable liquid bleach. Even in diluted form it can be stored for up to 8 weeks.
You can really process the promised 8 rolls of film with this kit, without having to fear the bleach getting exhausted before you have used all the rolls.
Opened, but undiluted bleach stays good for up to 16 weeks.

ADOX SCALA advantages:
- Worldwide shipping.
- Very comprehensive brochure (english) in printed form, coming with the kit.
- Handling of only two concentrates.
- Simple & straightforward 1+1 dilution.
- Up to 8 weeks storage time of diluted components, and 16 weeks of opened bottles.
- Very good Dmax (deep blacks), low Dmin (no base fog).
- Low to none emulsion lift-off despite the dichromate-free eco-friendly bleach bath.
- The kit has been tailored to work perfectly with Adox SCALA films.

The box contains:
• 2x1000 ml liquid concentrates to make 2.000 ml of working solution.
• Powder bag to make 2.000 ml of clear bath (working solution).

https://www.fotoimpex.com/chemistry/ado ... ssing.html

(The kit can generally reverse any b&w film, but only films with a elevated silver content and a clear base will create truly beautiful slides. Most films have a grey-ish base, which means the highlights of the slides will not be very brilliant. The kit has been tailored to work perfectly with ADOX SCALA films, and CMS 20 II looks great when reversed, too).

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For a better understanding of the facts it is certainly useful to have a look at the recent history of SCALA reversal films:
When the stocks of Agfa Scala 200X came to an end, both Scala enthusiasts and the professional BW reversal / Scala labs asked us whether we could develop a successor. That's how our project ADOX SCALA 160 started. We succeeded, and the market got a successor for Agfa Scala 200X. Most customers used the film in combination with the established BW reversal / Scala processing labs. Some customers used home developing kits or mixed their own chemistry. With ADOX SCALA 50 we also added another excellent BW reversal film. But over the years an increasing number of SCALA 160 and SCALA 50 customers have asked us for a special ADOX SCALA BW reversal kit for our SCALA films. A kit, which is user friendly and easy to ship worldwide. This demand comes especially from all the countries without a professional BW reversal lab. And in addition the demand has increased from users who have discovered the joy of film processing at home. Processing at home has recently seen a very strong increase in demand in general for all film types and processes.
Therefore our goals for our new ADOX SCALA reversal kit have been very clear:
- to satisfy the requests and wishes of our loyal ADOX SCALA film customers for a high quality home processing kit for our SCALA films
- to offer a kit which can be shipped worldwide
- to offer a kit which is easy to use
- to offer a kit which is more health / eco friendly
- to offer a kit at a user friendly price.

With these priorities - which our customers have asked for - we started the R&D process. A very labour intensive (= cost intensive) and difficult work for about three years.
But we succeeded and as a result we now can offer exactly what our SCALA film customers have asked for.

Concerning tests and data for other BW films from other manufacturers: There are currently more than 30 different BW emulsions on the market (real emulsions, not just rebranded films). BW reversal processing is much more sophisticated and difficult than normal negative processing, and such tests of all these films would need a huge amount of time, it is really a lot of work. That means very high additional costs! Additional qualified staff must be hired. These costs of course would have to be implemented in the price. The kit would be much more expensive. Our goal of a user friendly price would not be possible anymore.
And the huge majority of our ADOX SCALA film users - who have asked for this kit - would then pay for the very small minority of users who would use the kit for other films. That would not be fair.

We will not exclude that further films may be added to the data sheet in the future. But we cannot promise anything at this time point either. Costs, time and the given resources at our very small 'start-up' company all very important and decisive factors.
Thanks for your understanding.

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Re: ADOX brings back the SCALA development kits

Post by titrisol » Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:06 pm

And a video of the factory from above.
Very neat
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