Film processing machines for 4x5 E6
The recent thread on the JOBO CPE-2 ignited my blue touch paper and so have been researching the idea of getting a JOBO-something or from another manufacturer to do my 4x5 and 120 trannies. My post at the end of that thread went unanswered and so I am hoping that I am able to glean information from this one.
I normally shoot 2 sheets at same exposure and then compensate the second sheet having processed the first normally. Typically I aim for pushes between 1/3 and 1 stop. I therefore need to have a processor where I could guarantee consistency to ensure that the second sheet comes out as intended. I am prepared to increase my spend, within reason, if this means getting a more capable machine, especially if it is programmable and I can walk away!
Whilst I am sure that a CPE-2 would do the job, I am also looking at other models in their range which I think would make the processing task more consistent and easier. I shoot about 200 sheets of E6 a year.
I am happy and adept at processing B+W but have virtually zero knowledge of E6. I have been reading some pdfs such as the JOBO E6 handbook to get up to speed. However this doesn't gain me the practical advice of those who have used the machines regularly to reveals quirks and foibles. So if anyone can help me on my way, I would gratefully accept advice.
It seems that here in the UK currently there are two ATL2000 at around £450, but these are massive so would have to go in the garage (which would then incur expense of installing mains water and drainage) and the single ATL1500 I found is just under £2000 used, but this would fit in the utility room and use the plumbing there. I have also seen an ATL1000 and am not sure how this differs from the ATL1500, the manual not being available from the JOBO site.
Currently I pay £2.35 normal and £2.75 for push/pull per sheet at my local lab (excluding petrol for 18 mile each way journey or postage) and so I would soon expect to have covered the cost of the equipment. They also say that the E6 line has been quiet of late, so am worried that they may well decide to cease this service if it gets any quieter.