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    Newbie needs help selecting an Enlarger Timer

    Hi,

    I'm beginning to accumulate my darkroom equipment . So far I've got :
    1) 50mm lens: Leitz Focotar f/4.5
    2) Enlarger: LPL 670XL VCCE - on backorder...hopefully it will arrive within the month. Thanks to this forum, I've managed to pick one without having to post a condenser vs diffusion vs cold light head thread.

    Now, I'm looking for a good enlarger timer that is compatible with the 670XL VCCE. My choices are:
    1) StopClock Pro (do I need the paperflasher as well?) - I have read a lot of good reviews about this. Is it sort of an overkill for a hobbyist?
    2) LPL ET-500 - this doesn't come with a footswitch (I think) and less features than the StopClock. I don't know what exchange rate is now - if the price difference with the StopClock less than $150 USD - I might go for the StopClock...
    3) Paterson 2000D - least expensive digital enlarger time that I've found so far.

    Which should I go for or are there other (better choices)? I would like to work with something that would save me from a lot of headaches...

    Appreciate all the help I can get...

    Best Regards,
    annie

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    I use the Paterson 2000D with an LPL C7700 enlarger (I think that's virtually the same enlarger as yours) and it works fine. It is simple to use.

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    I use the LPL ET-500 and like it a lot. I just got the foot switch and it is great to use.

    Jon
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    Quote Originally Posted by retrocam View Post
    Which should I go for or are there other (better choices)? I would like to work with something that would save me from a lot of headaches...
    Three answers, three recommendations (surprise, surprise). The Stopclock is excellent too -- my wife Frances Schultz and I have been using one for years, sometimes quite hard (we do books and magazine articles on photography as well as our website www.rogerandfrances.com).

    What this means, with any luck, is that they're ALL good.

    Cheers,

    Roger

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    This will save you a lot of headaches:

    an extension cord with an inline switch + a metronome

    If you'd like to try it, get a digital metronome with adjustable BPM. Makes it simple for factoring in drydown and stuff like that!

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    I don't have one but I think the stop clock is the good choice. Otherwise, I would either roll my own or get the metronome. Right now I am using a Gralab 505 but that's because it came with the enlarger. I print only color so the stop clock doesn't suit my technique well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjas View Post
    [...]get a digital metronome with adjustable BPM. Makes it simple for factoring in drydown and stuff like that!
    I agree about a metronome. That's what I use. I'm curious, though, why does a metronome have to be digital to have adjustable beats per minute? I thought all metronome down to the old style wooden ones with the swinging arm and weight were adjustable. If they weren't, they'd be pretty useless, wouldn't they?

    Maybe I misunderstand.

    FWIW, there's an article out at Michaelandpaula.com about the benefits of using a metronome.

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    They are all adjustable but the adjustment on the swing arm style is not precise. Basically you slide a weigh up and down on the swing arm.

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    Dear Annie,

    Purchase one you can set by feel in the dark. Ones with knobs fore tens of seconds and seconds that can be set by feeling the steps as you turn them are quite handy in a pinch. Omega and Gralab make nice models.

    Neal Wydra

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    To see if your basic, good old metronome is working right, put the weight on 60 beats per minute.
    See if it takes 1 minute to do 60 beats. Umm, pretty simple huh?

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