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When I started working with 4x5 in about 2004 I considered the same question. In researching here and on the Large Format Forum, I found many complaints about the reel route. I chose the 3010 Expert drum path and was very happy with that choice until I traded up to 8x10 a couple of years ago. I process those in a larger Expert drum on a CPP-2.

John Powers