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Nicholas Lindan
09-27-2007, 09:06 AM
The new f-Stop timer from
Darkroom Automation

http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

With these features:

o 300 steps of non-volatile memory
- Room to keep the sequences for your most popular prints in
memory - ready for whenever you need them and with no re-
programming
- Room to experiment when you design a print's exposure
sequence; keep several approaches in memory at the same
time

o Easy memory programming
- The timer's prompting display, menus and consistent
operation make programming easy
- On-the fly programming, no special programming mode
- Insert, delete and modify steps at any time

o Split filter printing
- High and low contrast channels; the timer prompts for
filter changes
- Separate control of exposure and contrast
- Either high or low contrast can be exposed first for the
base exposure
- Extensive dodge and burn support
. Convenient optional combined dodge & burn sequence for
prints made at one contrast: only one sequence to edit
and modify
. Separate dodge and burn sequences for prints made with
varying dodge and burn contrast
. Dodge and burn contrasts remain constant with changes to
base exposure

o Ease of operation
- Automatically advances through steps when executing a
memorized exposure, loops back to the beginning
- No doubled up keys, consistent operation, clear display

o Extremely powerful and flexible dodging and burning; dodges
and burns in stops +/- the base exposure
- Only timer with a dedicated dodging mode
. Any number of dodges; timer splits and combines dodges
so they fit into the exposure time, i.e. combines a 1
stop dodge and a 2 stop dodge
. Changes to a dodge exposures do not change the base
exposure, burn exposures or other dodge exposures; no
ripple-through effects
- Burning and progressive burning
. Any number of base burns
. Any number of burns within a base burn
. Any number of burns within burns within burns within...
. Store and return to way-points in burning sequences

o Automatic test strips and test prints
- Progressive test strips at any starting exposure and any
exposure stop interval
- Sequences of individual test prints at increasing exposures

o More
- Programmable cold-light start-up delay
- Compensate for changes in paper speed - enter one value
when using a new box of paper and all exposures are
compensated
- Percentage compensation for dry-down
- Can be set to work as an ordinary 'seconds' timer

Owners of the original f-Stop Timer can have their units upgraded
to the latest model. See website for details.

jstraw
09-27-2007, 11:02 AM
Wow, if this had been available when I was making my purchasing decision, it woulda been a contender! Sounds great.