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Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer

You Pay: $39.95

Paterson's Triple Darkroom Timer functions include countdown/count up timing, 24 hour clock, and stopwatch, accurate to .01 second.

Three independently controlled timing fields, ideal for timing print or film developing, hot mounting or laminating. Large LCD readout, three distinct audible signals.

Magnetic back for mounting convenience. Operates on "AAA" battery (included).

Inexpensive, hand timer for darkroom
Three different audible tones can control three different functions
Three functions can be operated individually or together
LCD readout
Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer
  • "AAA" Battery
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    PatersonTriple Darkroom Timer
     
    3.7

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Consistent reactions (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing (8)
      • Enlarging (4)
      • Photography (3)
      • Printing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good little timer for the price

      I use this timer to monitor my B&W film developing in daylight. (I do not think that it glows in the dark).

      I could have used 1 good single...Read complete review

      I use this timer to monitor my B&W film developing in daylight. (I do not think that it glows in the dark).

      I could have used 1 good single timer and reset it for each operation but could not find one that counted the seconds from the start and then counted up when the time was up (Except the more expensive models). This unit has 3 timers going up to 20 hours each and starts counting down by seconds as soon as you start it.

      Each timer counts down independently (and then up after they have reached zero). You access and set the timers by sliding buttons on the side. This is the weakness of this product IMHP. Although there is a magnet in the back, it is definItely a hand held timer. You have to take it in hand in order to be able to slide the timers access and set/lock buttons.

      There is also a fourth position that shows the time of day and a nice stop watch feature that counts up and in 100ths of a second. This is great for taking long exposures with a camera. There is also a memory.

      The front buttons for start, stop, memory and clear, as well as those for setting hours, minutes and seconds, are well spaced and as wide as your finger.

      I find that it is a good quality unit. It came with a quality AAA battery (Toshiba). I wish that the unit was a little big bigger in the hand and that the sliding buttonS were punch-in buttons instead so that I would not have to take the timer in my hand between developing operations, as I am busy enough going from the developer to the stop bath to the fixer. On the other hand the timers's portability allows me to take my developing tank to my computer desk and spend the 10 minutes the fixer needs to do its job, doing some of my own.

      Of course this unit with its 3 independant timers will be great in the kitchen although the alarm could be louder.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Poor design

      This timer is just confusing. You have sliders on the side to select one of three timers or all three or the clock. You have to move a slider to set the times and...Read complete review

      This timer is just confusing. You have sliders on the side to select one of three timers or all three or the clock. You have to move a slider to set the times and then back to lock. The buttons on the front are easy to use once you set it up but you still have to switch between timers with the slider. I could love that if they had made this WATER and HUMIDITY resistant for typical darkroom conditions. But they didn't. Mine got fried after two weeks. I dried it out and it works except for the memory button which I found especially useful. Considering the extensive handling you have to go through why in the world would you make something that is suceptible to dampness.

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      3.0

      Works fine

      By clicker

      from wisconsin

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Doesn't Fog Film
      • Multipurpose

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Developing
        • Enlarging
        • Photography
        • Printing

        Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

        What I like most is that it doesn't fog film or extra sensitive papers in my very small darkroom. I can also use it in the field as a timer for long exposure shots. So it does double duty. I'm older and my vision isn't what it used to be, so having a somewhat larger display and bigger text on the control buttons would be nice, but not essential. It's functional as is.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Triple Timer: Thrice the Ease!

        By J Green

        from NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Convenient
        • Long Battery Life
        • Well built

        Cons

        • Poor Programming Options

        Best Uses

        • Developing
        • Enlarging
        • Printing

        Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

        As a film shooter who develops his own film, timing in the darkroom is a very critical aspect to ensure proper transitions from chemical to chemical.Up until I bought the Paterson Triple Timer, I was using a small, cheap digital kitchen timer to time out each stage of my film development, resetting the clock each time for each required chemical. Of course, having to manually program the time into such a simple timer each stage eventually became a tedious task for me, often resulting in wasted time and temperature changes which again resulted in unexpected developing results. This is why I bought this timer, as it allows you to program each stage of development (developer, stop, fix of course) into one easy timer and effortlessly switch between the three. It also has a programmable clock and stop watch to help you out as well. My biggest gripe about the Paterson Triple Timer is how it doesn't switch from one time when it's done to the next. This has to be done manually. The only mode that utilizes all three timers is a sort of unison countdown mode, where all three (regardless of what programmed times) countdown together when the timer is started and ends when the longest time is done. Regardless, it's a very efficient timer with a very long battery life (takes a single AAA battery). It's a major upgrade over my old timer and for someone who cannot afford a proper GraLab, I recommend this 100%.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Go with the reputation...

        By Vincent

        from Damariscotta, Maine USA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Developing

          Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

          ...tons of timers out there, and most are cheaper and with questionable accuracy than this Paterson, so I decided to go with Paterson's reputation...that, plus the three timers for developing my film...I'd have rated the timer with 5 stars, but it lacks a back stand to set the timer upright...it has a strong magnet in its back, which is good, but a stand would be better for me...and BTW, the beeper is louder than the cheapies...

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          • No

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          4.0

          Timer

          By Billy Bob

          from Earth

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Inexpensive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

            I'm using this timer in the darkroom when developing 4x5 film. If you would like to do multiple sheets at different developing times, this may work for you. The numbers are fairly large and easy to read. If you are developing sheets in full darkness, there is an audible beep when the timer reaches zero. Overall it is handy, and inexpensive.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Poor design

            By Ishootfilm

            from WV

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

              • Confusing
              • Not water resistant

              Best Uses

              • Refrigerator magnet

              Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

              This timer is just confusing. You have sliders on the side to select one of three timers or all three or the clock. You have to move a slider to set the times and then back to lock. The buttons on the front are easy to use once you set it up but you still have to switch between timers with the slider. I could love that if they had made this WATER and HUMIDITY resistant for typical darkroom conditions. But they didn't. Mine got fried after two weeks. I dried it out and it works except for the memory button which I found especially useful. Considering the extensive handling you have to go through why in the world would you make something that is suceptible to dampness.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              excellent hit

              By Casey

              from Philadelphia PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Consistent Reactions
              • Easily Cleaned
              • Easy to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Developing

                Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

                Easy to use the timer, multiple functions,problems were that it does not light up

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Usefull

                By sax_singer52

                from idaho

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Inconsistent Results

                Best Uses

                • Developing
                • Enlarging
                • Photography
                • Printing

                Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

                I am using this timer for dark room film development and print processing. It seems to work effectively but sometimes it will reset itself for no reason.

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                5.0

                very handy timer

                By MAry

                from Sydney Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Developing

                  Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

                  very handy for use in a small space and easy to use.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  good item, perfect to enlarge

                  By chejaco

                  from bogota colombia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Consistent Reactions
                  • Easily Cleaned

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Enlarging

                    Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

                    good item, perfect to enlarge, strong,

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good little timer for the price

                    By Yves

                    from Bryn Mawr, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing
                      • Kitchen
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Paterson Triple Darkroom Timer:

                      I use this timer to monitor my B&W film developing in daylight. (I do not think that it glows in the dark).

                      I could have used 1 good single timer and reset it for each operation but could not find one that counted the seconds from the start and then counted up when the time was up (Except the more expensive models). This unit has 3 timers going up to 20 hours each and starts counting down by seconds as soon as you start it.

                      Each timer counts down independently (and then up after they have reached zero). You access and set the timers by sliding buttons on the side. This is the weakness of this product IMHP. Although there is a magnet in the back, it is definItely a hand held timer. You have to take it in hand in order to be able to slide the timers access and set/lock buttons.

                      There is also a fourth position that shows the time of day and a nice stop watch feature that counts up and in 100ths of a second. This is great for taking long exposures with a camera. There is also a memory.

                      The front buttons for start, stop, memory and clear, as well as those for setting hours, minutes and seconds, are well spaced and as wide as your finger.

                      I find that it is a good quality unit. It came with a quality AAA battery (Toshiba). I wish that the unit was a little big bigger in the hand and that the sliding buttonS were punch-in buttons instead so that I would not have to take the timer in my hand between developing operations, as I am busy enough going from the developer to the stop bath to the fixer. On the other hand the timers's portability allows me to take my developing tank to my computer desk and spend the 10 minutes the fixer needs to do its job, doing some of my own.

                      Of course this unit with its 3 independant timers will be great in the kitchen although the alarm could be louder.

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