I have become aware of the recent departure from Australia of the only B&W reversal processing lab in Australia when two weeks ago I went to get some film processed. Annually I was getting between 6 and a dozen 100ft 16mm rolls processed as I was not interested in processing these lengths of film myself as I had no way to dry it. I do play with M/F and sheet film reversal processing as this size is more manageable.
When I was a lad, I used to work after school at my parents microfilming business in the country. They used a Kodak Prostar II processor, and it was this machine that I used to process the exposed film produced by the staff during the day.
My thought is with two of these processors, I could have a bash at processing my B&W reversal film with some mods and running the machines in series. The first machine doing the first development, bleach and clearing. The film then comes out into room light for the second exposure and then runs though the second developer, and fix before being dried in the second machine.
Right now all I miss is two of these machines. My father after keeping his processor idle for 6 years disposed of the unit 18months ago. He figured he'd never find a use for the machine and had a tidy up and so out it went.
Is there anyone out there who might now where I could start looking for one or more of these machines, or something similar which does not require a large volume of chemistry, within Australia? I would be happy to pay something for these processors and most certainly the freight to Melbourne, but anything from outside of Australia is just going to cost me too much to get here.
Any other thoughts?