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I was just wondering if enyone has ever tried, or have experience of fully automatic b&w neg. processors.
I found an ad on a local newspaper of a secondhand Jobo ATL-1000 selling for 350euros.
Looked attractive, but I need some second opinions as I am not familiar with such processing.
Thanks in advance
I'm sure you might get different feedback on this, but in my opinion, automatic processors for B&W is unnecessary and amounts to overkill.
Color processing, yeah... I'd be into automatic color processing in a heartbeat if i wanted to do my own. But not B&W. It is just not necessary.
I've been using a Jobo CPE--it's not automatic but it's close--for over 15 years and it's the best investment I ever made. Takes the drudgery--and questions--did I agitate?--out of processing while still maintaining control.
I agree with Tom, no need for such device. Canīt be much easier than in plain old fashioned small tank method. I admit to not have used anything else and are stubborn not to change that. Certainly not for that kind of money.
I don't know much about the particular model number but if your gong to do a 'lot' of procesng then this may a worthwhile investment. You should get consistency with it. If you only shoot a roll every other week it might not be such a good idea unless you save the film up for a batch job.
I shoot a few rolls a month and use different films, push/pull films etc and use a good old Paterson tank. Total flexibility but can take a bit of time.
In a nut shell, If it's cheap and you have room for it, it may well be a good investment, otherwise use a small tank.
You do know that you can only do rotary processing, which will be a little different from agitating by inversion; you will have to adjust your processing times, and what you'll gain in accuracy, you'll lose in edge sharpness.
Thanks for the really useful opinions folks. Sales people can really drive you crazy sometimes.
I think I'll stick to the traditional processing . . . for the moment at least.
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