Kennington Syncromat


The Kennington Sycromat was introduced in 1952 and was the first roll paper photoelectric projection printer to appear in the UK. It incorporated a device to give two different grades of contrast by using two different light sources one of which was diffused. This was fitted to satisfy the needs of the finishers who wanted some contrast control to print the negatives from inconsistently processed films.

The machine used roll paper, you will notice the chute on the left side of the printer, this was to enable dish processing of exposed strips of paper. However the Sycromat could also be used as a roll printer and the rolls could be processed on a continuous roll paper processor. In "Out Of The Darkroom" by Peter Rockwell and Peter Knaack they describe the business of Ron Thompson who was based in the East End of London, in the 1950s Ron acquired a Kennington Sycromat and a single track roll paper processor that was probably a Trimatic manufactured by Associated Cine Equipment Limited from 1956. K&B manufactured their dual track paper processor and companion glazer after this date. I think it is possible that many finishers would have started off with dish processing and would have purchased the processor at a later date. Certainly in the leaner winter months they would have dish processed due to the low volumes of films they processed by comparison with the summer months.