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    I think it was Bob Carnie who noted that any timer that needs an instruction manual is wrong for the job.

    I would add that any timer that measures more than 1/10 of a second is equally useless.

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    Kaiser electronic timer goes till 1/10 of a second. For a beginner it will do good job. You can learn f-stop printing with that.
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    another one to look out for is a Durst Labotim. Simple electonic unit that goes 0.1-9.9 secs in .1 increments then 10-99 (I think) in full seconds.

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    LPL ET-500 used with my Valoy II for some 5 years. After going through about 5 timers in the last 40 years the ET-500 finally meets all my needs. Foot switch is mandatory for my way of working. LED display, brightness control, audible count down (on/off), times 0.1 to 99.9s or 1 to 999s, enlarger and safelight outlets and relatively small size for my limited space. Available as 220-240V 50/60hz. Timer can be turned off mid cycle with foot switch - handy during burns.

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    I'm glad that Martin mentioned the metronome, as Ansel Adams used one of those. His stuff looks pretty good. I don't do small enlargements, so I use an old Simmon Omega Audible Repeating Timer (see blurry photo below), and it works well enough for me. I have a native distrust and dislike for all things digital, and/or electronically complicated. Of course, I also wear a wind up watch and have a TV antenna, so what do I know? The watch keeps excellent time. About every month it gains a few minutes. My TV and computer monitor are CRT too. The image quality is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppers View Post
    Can someone recommend an enlarger timer to use with my Leitz Valoy II enlarger. I live in the UK so any models that are available in the UK. Also what should I look out for in a timer, are some features more desirable than others?

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    contact ?Richard at RHDesignsand let him give you a suggestion.he makes the best enlarger timers in the UK.Youll find him through Google
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    Even if you want more than a metronome, having a metronome function is handy.

    If you wanted something new, this looks functional: http://www.secondhanddarkroom.co.uk/...r/?k=:::873886
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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I only use a metronome since 40 years.
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    If you use a Gralab clockface timer, you will be very sorry, and never know why. Do not hook your enlarger up to one. Hint: The enlarger bulb flickers in brightness the whole time. You'll NEVER hit on a consistent repeatable procedure.

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    yes, that's true. After all, it's clear that nobody has ever been able to print consistently with those immensely popular and still-manufactured devices, and every example ever made or to be made was and will be the same as your example. And you have the unassailable evidence of a statistical sample of 1 to back your statement up ...

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