Process color or black and white film and b&w prints with the CPE-3 Colorprocessor Kit from Jobo. The CPE-3 provides accurate temperature control essential to quality color processing. This kit includes a lift, four 250mL graduates, six 600mL scaled solution bottles, one 1520 tank, and one 1504 tank magnet.
- Process Color or B&W Film and B&W Prints
- Accurate Temperature Control
- Lift Included
- Graduates and Bottles Lock into Place
Jobo CPE-3 Overview
Jobo CPE-3 Specs
|Accommodates||Film: 5 rolls of 135-36, or 6 rolls 120, or 12 sheets 4 x 5"|
Paper: Up to 11.8 x 15.7" / 30 x 40 cm
|Temperature Range||68-104°F / 20-40°C|
|Voltage||110 V/60 Hz|
|Dimensions||10 x 25.8 x 13" / 25.5 x 65.5 x 33 cm|
|Weight||6.6 lb / 3 kg|
|Package Weight||14.7 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||29 x 14.2 x 13.6"|
Jobo CPE-3 Reviews
The other previous review matches my experience exactly. This item is worth, at most, $500. I'm currently returning it as the temperature control unit failed completely on the second batch, and on the first, it couldn't even maintain 38ºC--I had to help it with a proper sous-vide stick. The sous-vide stick cost me $100 and has a digital display, timer, water circulator, and is actually accurate. The CPE-3 has none of this and costs *seventeen* times more. I will say that the automated rotation was certainly convenient, but again this doesn't at $1700 of value. The basin is cheap, soft plastic. The lift unit is actually impressive, although I worry a bit about cross-contamination, especially if your water supply isn't directly adjacent. There is nothing to justify the cost here. Even if the unit were completely made in Germany (it is most likely using imported parts, based on a quick search on Linkedin), this shouldn't be more than $500.
Quality not matching the price
Bought it recently to develop some colorful negatives and reversal films at home. It does the job, doing the agitating with the machine saves my time and hands. However the quality does't match the price tag. I would say the whole thing only worth 1/10 of the price. It's made of plastic, lightweight but soft plastic. Inside the plastic tank, there is a heater, some temperature feedback loop, a rotational motor, etc. The temperature control module is just bad bad design, ironically it's one of the most important part of the film developing process. The water in the tank doesn't circulate, result in somehow uneven temperature distribution. The controller itself is just a dumb knob, no display, no scales to indicate what temperature it's setting to. It's just stupid design. By the way, you have to unscrew the screws first to put the parts together? That just feels dumb to me. I am buying this just as a temporal solution for my darkroom as there's no other choices in the market, but I will probably just end up designing and building a fully automatic machine myself. It's not hard and should definitely cost less than $1k.
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