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    Darkroom timer recommendations, please

    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.
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    Novex R? still analog or analogue - ha, Czech made, so robust and reliable ,does all you require, mine is still accurate, do not know if much of this eastern euro stuff ever got to the US though. regards

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    Have you ever used a GraLab timer?

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    I favour a metronome, counting the seconds. The enlarger lamp stays on all the time, with red filter between exposures. My on/off is a card under the lens.

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    time-o-lite

    time-o-lite

    automatic repeating

    easy to set

    accurate

    no chance of using focus when you want time

    durable

    cheap
    Kodak Duaflex II with kodet lens
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    Only a photographer knows the true value of infinity

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    (digital timer) ... cost as little as possible.
    Get a used Paterson, GraLab or Omega on ebay. Avoid Beseler timers, they have reliability issues.
    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    I also use a metronome, count seconds, and an old gray-card as a "shutter".

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    I use an older model GraLab 520 digital timer I found for $15. Very functional and reliable. It counts up or down to 1/10 sec. and can be used for timing film and print development as well as enlarging. Can be used as a metronome too.

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    I like Rayco timers, simply because it's what we used when I worked in a pro lab and I'm used to them. They may be a bit old fashioned but they're reliable and have tens, seconds and tenths. I use one on each of my 2 enlargers.

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