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    I have always liked kearsarge timers (the 301 is a good basic model). Lektra timers are nice too - and usually cheap on the second hand market.

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    I own a Meopta Vipo Combi Model B6, simple and reliable.
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    Lektra made the Zone VI enlarging timers. They are workhorses. Highly recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    Would someone please recommend a fairly simple timer for enlargers?

    I am currently using an very old electronic timer (analog) that is neither accurate nor consistent. I have to check its setting against my watch to make sure it is set correctly.

    I'd like to have something that will be accurate to, and readable to a second, do up to 60 seconds at minimum, have an ability to repeat the same setting multiple times, and cost as little as possible.

    Thank you.
    If you're are looking for a new darkroom timer anyway, it may be a good opportunity to start with f/stop timing and look for a timer that supports it.
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    I just refurbished the old Omega Solid State timer for a friend. Its the little box that forms the top of the "Power Tower" for the Chromega light source.

    That is a fantastic little circuit. All resistors (high quality) and capacitors (Sprague 'orange drop') and a single SCR (that was blown). Very straight forward design. Big relay with easy to clean contacts. No complex integrated circuits or rare components.

    If I ever see one of these in a box of junk I'm going to pick it up for myself. Should be easy to get working.

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    I think Ralph makes a very valid suggestion. If one is indeed "starting from scratch", then one should at least check the two F stop timers that are easily available, i.e., R.H. Designs, and Darkroom Automation. I have rarely seen these timers available on the used market though. Furthermore, the initial cost will certainly be somewhat higher than the other timers mentioned.

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    Lektra TM8

    Quote Originally Posted by jgjbowen View Post
    Lektra made the Zone VI enlarging timers. They are workhorses. Highly recommended.
    The Lektra's are surely workhorses! They are indestructible.

    Any insight on how the keep over the years re: repeatability? accuracy? I am beginning to suspect some drift with my LektraTM8 workhorse and would like to solicit insight before I take it apart, etc. I can get my hands on a Kearsarge to replace the Lektar. Good move? Bad move?

    Thanks in advance.
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    This thread is from four years ago...
    Dave

    "She's always out making pictures, She's always out making scenes.
    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

    From It's All Mixed Up by The Cars

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    I know the thread is old but I thought it would be a good venue to pose my question re; Lektra TM8 timers.
    Jack Rosa

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    I found it convenient if the timer is configured to support a safe light.
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