I am just about to take the plunge into 8x10 photography and have an important question about processing film.
I have been shooting 4x5 and using a CombiPlan for developing film with good results. 8x10 is either tray processing or JOBO CPP2 with 3000 series Expert drum. I am leaning toward spending the cash for the JOBO solution because I like the fact that I can develop 6 sheets at a time like with the CombiPlan and that the temperature is kept constant and the development is very accurate and no chemicals to soak fingers in.
However I have also heard and read that some people do not recommend the JOBO because its agitation is constant and thats not the best for the film development. I dont agitate much when I do my 4x5 stuff with the CombiPlan. First 30 seconds continuous and then one inversion every 30 sec. This is with ExactolLux a staining developer similar to Pyrocat. So i am worried that although the JOBO is very convinient the quality will suffer. Not what one wants after going through all the difficulties with shooting 8x10 instead of a smaller format.
Can you guys share with me your experiences. Does tray processing give better results or there is no difference its just a matter of getting the development times adjusted to the JOBO.