Quote Originally Posted by pbromaghin View Post
Late? They're early.

This product is clearly aimed at the future, bottomed-out, film processing market. It's a lower-volume development unit to serve as a scaled-down replacement for all those larger labs that are shutting down for lack of volume. That it happens to be an updated older, proven product saves on all kinds of R&D and tooling expense. It's a lot like Ilford's advantage of having scaled down plants that can economically produce at today's lower volumes compared to the gigantic Kodak dinosaurs.
The larger labs--even smaller Fuji/Noritsu Walmart/Costco/Big Box of choice minilabs--closed film service for lack of customers. Close to 4 large is way steep for most casual shooters who can handle small volume processing for peanuts. JOBOs weren't exactly strong sellers 5 years ago.