What Enlarging Exposure Meter?

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  1. Fintan

    Fintan Member

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    Can anyone give me any advice on the meter you use or can recommend?

    I use a DeVere 504 with an Ilford 500 Multigrade head and timer?

    Thanks

    Fintan
     
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    I havent had good luck with meters, they ended up being more work than just doing plain old test strips. Once you get your neg exp + dev calibrated, you should be able to guess a starting point for most of your negs anyway. Just my $0.02

    Brian
     
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    RH Designs for me. Visit their website.
     
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    which model do you use Roy?
     
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    If your M/G Head comes with a seperate control unit, there should be a din socket on the back of the unit which takes a light probe. The probe when set up and calibrated gives a mininmum estimated exposure for "max black" - I've got one, but I can't say that it's of much use - I'd rather do a test.
    None of the good printers I've met use exposure meters of any sort.
     
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    I've got a Colorstar 2000 that I'm hoping will assist me, but so far I haven't been able to locate a manual to explain how to work it properly! A couple of times it's 'analysed' a neg and given a good exposure to use.. other times I know it's off, so I'm back to test strips for the moment!
     
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    Check out JOBO's web site. I think (last time I looked) they have manuals on-line in .pdf format.

    I use the ColorStar 3000. I find it indispensable for color work, and *very* useful for black and white. Indispensable, but exactly like any exposure meter, it is not a perfect, automatic system - it requires thought and a little human intelligence.

    It does allow tracking of results, and feedback into cause-and-effect. Without it, I'd be bouncing around all over the place.
     
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    The StopClock Pro. That is the two channel model but without the probe and automatic test strip maker. I still have the timing mechanism for making test strips but no probe etc.
     
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    I have never had one so I don't know what I have missed. If I was a color printer I am sure I would want one. Back in early 70's when I last printed color I did not have one but things may have changed since then.

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    Ed, thanks for the hint, but they seem to have current models only. Nice site BTW... lots of interesting stuff/info. I have a few feelers out at the moment, but if they don't eventuate I'll try e-mailing Jobo, maybe they'll have one offline
     
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    Hans, link no workie... It's made by "Lici" but their website only mentions current models too. An email to them has drawn a blank (no response)

    I'm only wanting to use this for B&W so if anyone has used one before and can remember anything, some hints would be great :smile:
     
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    Nige,
    I have the first Lici Colorstar model. If it is any help I could send you a photocopy of the manual.

    Let me know

    Hans
     
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    Hans, which model? From my reading, each model has had different buttons/modes/features. If it's a Colorstar 2000, then yes!
     
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    Nige,
    It's plainly named Lici Colorstar, the predecessor to the machine you have got. I mainly used it for B&W. If you have any questions I'm quite willing to help you. But..it's not the 2000 model, I'm afraid although I don't think there's that much difference.

    Hans
     
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    Well Hans, it's worth a try! PM coming to you soon!
     
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    I use the Jobo Comparator. Works great once you have it calibrated to your enlarger, paper, and contrast filter combinations. More expensive than the EM-10 though, but well worth the money.