Jobo AutoLab

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Robert Meyers, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the Jobo AutoLabs? I have
    been considering picking one up.

    Could anyone comment on the following areas:

    1. Quality
    2. Speed
    3. Ease of Use
    4. Unresolved issues

    This would be being used for 35mm only, and pretty much the whole spectrum
    of it. Heavily E6.

    Thanks all!

    PS- Crossposting to the relevent groups rec.photo.darkroom,
    rec.photo.equipment.35mm.
     
    Robert Meyers, Feb 11, 2004
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    Tom Thackrey Guest

    I use the ATL-1500 regularly. It's excellent. You will need a good temp
    control valve, I like the Hass.

    Quality - build: very good, results: excellent

    Speed - I'm not sure what you mean. The processing times are pretty much set
    by the chemistry and your preferences. There is a pre-soak which adds some
    time and bringing the chemistry up to temp can take a while. You do need to
    run the cleaning cycle after processing and when changing from one chemistry
    to another.

    Ease of use - the hardest part is loading the reels. You do need to do the
    stabilizer/photoflow and HCA steps after removing the film from the reels,
    but that's not a big deal.

    Unresolved issues - none
     
    Tom Thackrey, Feb 11, 2004
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    Manny Bhuta Guest

    I have a Jobo Autolab ATL-3 and am very happy with it. Like all other Jobo
    products it is very well built. I use it to develop C41 and E6 films, up to 12
    rolls of 35mm at a time. Some people have trouble loading films on to Jobo
    reels, particularly 120 and 220 sizes. I find that if you follow the Jobo's
    instructions, these reels are very easy and fast to load.

    To develop films, or paper, all you have to do is:
    1. fill the bottles with chemicals
    2. turn power and water "on"
    3. select the program (C41, E6, RA4 etc.)
    4. press the start button and walk away

    The processor beeps at the end of processing.

    Manny Bhuta
    Randolph, NJ USA

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    Manny Bhuta, Feb 11, 2004
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