Kenprinter & Kenprint Processor

ILFORD LTD PHOTOFINISHING EQUIPMENT

A Kenprinter, notice the chute on the left to allow printing in strips. Also the box on the right hand side of the table contains the neg carriers, lenses and supplementary lenses.  This particular machine appears to have a 1:1 selector to enable contact type prints to be made by projection.

In 1954 the Kenprinter first appeared and was the first enlarging projection printer in the UK. Over the years many different models were made. They were an enprinter, namely a machine that projection printed enlarged prints onto 3 ½" paper. It had 3 Dallmeyer lenses A,B and C with various supplementary lenses to enable the number of different negative sizes that were around at the time to be printed. Negatives carriers from 8 on 120  down to 35mm were supplied. Focus was achieved by resting the lens assembly onto a spigot that was fitted onto the negative carrier. The spigot was threaded and had been adjusted by the manufacturer for optimum focus.A patent granted to K&B describes this more fully. The Kenprinter had a removable electronic unit that could be simply unplugged and replaced if a fault developed. Today this is a normal approach to servicing but in 1954 it was revolutionary.

Some Kenprinters like the above were enprinters and projection contact printers as well. For 1:1 projection contact printing the lenses were removed and a fixed lens could be brought into play by turning a knob. This type of Kenprinter could be used to make 35mm contact strip prints, although Kodak's Velox Projection Printer could do 1:1 contacts it did not have a paper advance facility of anything less than 2 ½" so was unsuitable for 35mm contact strips.

Below The British Journal Photographic Almanac 1956 advertises the Kenprinter along with the Rollhead Printer. Click here for more Kenprinter information.

Click here to see Kenprinters in use at Wallace Heaton's Laboratory in 1960.