Omega SCA-100 analyzer worth buying?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Rob, Aug 9, 2007.

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    Rob Guest

    I have a chance to get an Omega SCA-100 color analyzer for $35.00. Does it
    work well? Is it worth buying?

    Rob, Aug 9, 2007
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    nathantw Guest

    I sold mine with instructions in really good shape for $1 on Ebay earlier
    this year. It also came with a MinitMask too! Lucky guy. Anyway, personally
    I don't think it's worth $35. If you can find a Colorstar 3000 or 2000 then
    you're in business. I used my Colorstar 3000 to create 11x14's and 5x7's and
    the exposure and color were equal even though they were completely different
    types of paper. The brightest whites still had detail in it and the blacks
    were also equally detailed. No dodging or burning either.
    nathantw, Aug 12, 2007
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    darkroommike Guest

    Unless it's free I'd pass, I have an SCA-400, rarely use it
    except for exposure and timer. I find I print all my color
    darkroommike, Aug 12, 2007
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    Ken Hart Guest

    I bought an analyzer a couple years ago-- I find that the best analyzer is
    the Kodak viewing filters and a test strip. I can usually get the exposure
    and color right with one or two test strips. I cut a sheet of 16x20 into
    eight 4x10 test strips.
    Although the analyzer is nice for B&W: make one good print, meter a shadow,
    null the meter, and print everything else to the same setting.
    Ken Hart, Aug 13, 2007
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    nathantw Guest

    I'll be the first to admit that I SUCK at color analyzing, especially when
    it came to using the Kodak viewing filters. I went years using the Kodak
    viewing filter and also the little color squares that simulates 140 test
    strips as it tries to find 18% gray. Both helped in some ways but I was
    still wasting paper and chemicals left and right. The only time I finally
    got it right was when I got the Colorstar 3000 for $100 on Ebay. It really
    is easy once you find the perfect setup.

    That said, though, I think the easiest way to get color nowdays though is to
    either bring it to Costco and for less than $2 have a "perfect" 8x10 or to
    print it with your home inkjet, though that could get just as costly as
    having your own color darkroom.
    nathantw, Aug 13, 2007
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