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    I agree with Ralph. I use a metronome when burning or dodging but it is connected to my electronic timer and has an independent off/on switch. My timer was a good investment and has been reliable for many years. If you are using multigrade papers and more than one filter for a print at different times for each it certainly comes in handy.

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    timers can be useful.
    i have 2 of them, one for
    the enlarger/s and one for the wetside.

    if you need one, check out the classy-fides there
    is one with a foot switch for cheap, and every few weeks there
    is another for sale ... while it isn't absolutely necessary
    a timer can be helpful.
    silver magnets, trickle tanks sold
    artwork often times sold for charity
    PM me for details

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    Now, hold on there. All timers worth buying support it.
    True. Let me rephrase.

    Too many timers don't support f/timing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Gray View Post
    Another great thing is a timer with a foot switch. Useful for dodging and burning. I ended up with the RH Designs StopClock Pro, but the Darkroom Automation one looks great too. Both f-stop timers.
    I never got used to the foot switch. After stepping on it accidently a few times, I threw it out.
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    I've seen some good deals on all darkroom equipment on the "bay". Timers included. I also have a few I may be listng soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoncatcher View Post
    I've seen some good deals on all darkroom equipment on the "bay". Timers included. I also have a few I may be listng soon.
    Interesting. I have not found any worthwhile darkroom equipment on eBay for a couple of years now. What I saw was either junk or heavily overpriced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Interesting. I have not found any worthwhile darkroom equipment on eBay for a couple of years now. What I saw was either junk or heavily overpriced.
    Ralph:

    Maybe this is because you already have everything you need .

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Ralph:

    Maybe this is because you already have everything you need .

    Matt
    The tough part is to know the difference between what one needs and what one wants, but you are right, I have everything I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross Chambers View Post
    Aaargh! OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)

    Me too (what if the battery is flat in the timer, or the mains power drops out?)

    My advice: start with a top of the line timer, otherwise suffer the compulsive counting syndrome implanted in the brain from the use of devises like metronomes.
    I use both a GraLab and a Time-O-Lite. Both are accurate in that the agree completely. I prefer the Time-O-Lite because it resets itself automatically. No need to reset the timer after each exposure unless you want to change the time. No need to worry about mains voltage drop either. These things are both mechanical devices that use motors whose speed is controlled by the frequency of the AC current. In the US that's 60 Hz. The voltage may drop, but the frequency remains constant. Even when the utility company drops voltage during periods of very high demand, the frequency is kept very tightly controlled.
    Frank Schifano

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    They are not necessary, but I can't think of a good reason not to use one, considering the following: If you can't afford one, you can just use a Gra-Lab timer (which is really best for timing minutes, for processing). They are no more than ten bucks, if not free. Not ideal, but it works. That's all I use.
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