200 Fentress Blvd. Suite D

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Phone: 386-253-5041    Fax: 386-253-5031

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What Equipment is used in your lab?

The items below are items that you will find in our Aerial Photo Lab. We have tried to leave a brief description of what the equipment is used to produce.  The more equipment you have, the better you can do your job and the quicker we can deliver you finals.

Aerial film is a roll of film that is 9.5 inches wide by 125 to 500 feet long. At low altitudes a frame can be used every 1.5 seconds! An aerial camera utilizes a 9"x9" negative format so you can see it uses a LOT of film very fast. The aerial mapping cameras are very high accuracy and high resolution camera's as well. The camera cost about $700,000.00!  Not your typical item at all. Due to the size of a roll of film it takes a special processor to be able to consistently process these rolls of film.  To learn more about the types of aerial films we process click on the processing link to the left.  We also process nearly all other formats of film and have also processed movie film including 16mm, 35mm & 70mm formats for several clients.


The following are the film processors we use:

Kodak Versamat Model 1140 for B&W Aerial Films
Kodak Versamat Model 11C-M with upgrades for B&W Aerial Films
Kodak Versamat Model 1111
Kodak Versamat Model 1411 for Color Negative Aerial Films
Colex 20" wide C-41 for Color Diapositives and some professional films
5 - Colex 12 inch E-6 (Agfa ASP-44)
1 - Speedmaster 12 inch E-6 (Agfa ASP-44)

After the film is processed and titled it need to have prints and diapositives for the Stereo work and mapping process to begin. With aerial photography there is a tendency to have "Hot Spots" or "Sun Spots". This is cause by the sun glare on the ground. In the aerial field we utilize electronic dodging printers to even out the density of the negative instead of using your hand to adjust the light hitting the paper.


The dodging printers are below:

EPC Model UCP-2 ID B/W & C

5 - Log-E Automatic Dodging Printers
2 - Morse Printers


For high speed roll film duplication of entire rolls of film:

Kodak Colorado Continuous Printer (we retired our Niagra)
Log-E SP10-70C Dodging Roll Printer (unit now retired)


If enlargements are needed it requires an enlarger that will handle a negative that is 10"x10". These are comparatively large format enlargers and it is not unusual to make an enlargement that is up to a 20 or 25X from the original negative. That means if it is 2" on the negative, it will be 40 or 50 inches on the final product!  With our Chromira 50 we have the ability to provide you with photographic enlargements from a digital file.  These enlargements can be 50" wide by nearly any length.


The enlargers and paper processors include the following:

Chromira 50 Digital Photographic Enlarger
Durst CLS 2000 10"x10" Format
Homrich HVA-250 10"x10" Format
Durst CLS 1200 4"x5" Format
Omega D-5 4"x5" Format

Polielettronica Printerlab for film sizes up to 6x7 enlarged to 12"x18"


Wide Format Processors:
Colex RTK 55-30 for Color Work
Colex RTBW 55-VS for B&W Work


Scanning & Digital Products:

Werhli RM-5 (up to 8um or 3170dpi) & Werhli RM-1
Chromira 50 Digital Photographic Enlarger
Cymbolic Science McDonald Dettwiler Fire 1000 Film Writer (unit now retired)


Of course this type of work also requires testing of chemicals. This is done with control strips that are pre-exposed by Kodak. These are and sent to be processed and recorded in the photo labs around the world. The following are used to keep an "eye" on the chemistry.

Chemical Control:

Esco Compumaster TLC-90 Reflection and Transmission Densitometer
EG&G Sensitometer
Ultra 24, RU-11, RU-4 and Trailer units for Silver Recovery