Sunday, June 11, 2017



Since 1923, the company JOBO has been building equipment for darkrooms and photographic laboratories in Gummersbach, Germany.  A while ago they introduced a new analog processor, the CPE-3 as well as several laboratory kits.  Under the motto “Get real.  Go analog” the company is trying to follow the trend of increased sales by film manufacturers.  Here the former leading manufacturer of laboratory equipment sees significant growth, especially with roll and sheet films.

Already five years ago Jobo introduced the professional Jobo CPP-3 processor which they consider indispensable for processing sheet film in their Expert Drums.   With the introduction of the more affordable CPE-3 Jobo offers a solution for smaller budgets as well.

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The Jobo CPE-3 allows the development of both color and black and white films.  After attaching tanks or drums to the processor, they are automatically rotated alternately in both directions.  This ensures optimal uniformity and repeatability.  In addition, the temperature-controlled water bath ensures exact development results.  The unit can develop sheet film up to 9x12 cm (4x5 inch) and paper sizes up to 30x40 cm (12x16 inch).  In addition it can develop all types of film from 35mm to medium format roll film.

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Jobo CPE-3 with Jobo Lift

Chemicals and developing drums are kept in the same thermostatically controlled 9-liter water bath.  The temperature is continuously adjustable from 20 ° to 40 ° degrees Celsius (68˚F to 104˚F) within +/- 0.2 °.  A red light indicates the operation of the heater.  All bottles and containers have a designated place. Thus, the water level is constant and ensures optimal temperature control.

The semi-automatic processor CPE-3 has an estimated cost of 1190 euros.  The significantly more precise working and easy-to-use Jobo lift is available as CPE-3 with the lift kit for around 1590 euros.  The lift kit alone is priced at 489 euros.

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Jobo Starter Kit L

For starters in the analog laboratory with its own black and white film developing,  Jobo offers three different laboratory kits.  The small kit with the Jobo tank 1510 offers everything in needed in order to start immediately with the development of 35 mm black and white film. It includes a developing tank, film reel, two bottles, two graduates, a set of film clips and a thermometer.

The Laborkit M contains the larger 1520 developing tank, which can accommodate two 35 mm films or two 120 roll films. For easy, archival washing, the Jobo Cascade film washer is included also.

The Laborkit L is supplied with the even larger 1540 developing tank.  Also included is a roller base which enables particularly efficient rotary development with minimal chemical consumption.

All of the Jobo laboratory kits offer the analog photographer a price advantage of over 40 percent with savings of 89, 129 or 189 euros respectively.

Now Jobo announced that, in order to open up the topic of silver halide photography to a broader public beyond the darkroom, Johannes Bockemühl-Simon, managing director of JOBO International GmbH, decided to take action himself. He has founded JOBO artisan to rekindle the fascination of analog photography. The heartpiece is a 270 square feet darkroom with 5 enlargers, from the Leitz Focomat to the JOBO LPL 4 × 5, all  with color heads or with variable contrast heads. The laboratory also has a wet area with JOBO CPP-3 and CPE-3 in addition to film dryers and paper dryers. The 1290 square foot studio with a flash system and conference area offers the ideal setting for portrait photography or still life photography

JOBO Artisan will be offering a portrait workshop in July, and a traveling workshop in the Elbsandsteingebirge nature park with large format cameras in August. Participants will be provided Chamonix large formatl cameras for the duration of the work shop at no charge.

The increased focus on analogue photography is also reflected in the expansion of JOBO's online product range. From now on analog films from Fuji, Kodak and Ilford in the sizes from 35 mm up to the large format in 8 × 10 are offered. Chemistry and photographic papers are to follow.

The JOBO artisan Studio also serves as a stage for the premium large-format cameras from Chamonix. Interested parties can arrange appointments for a personal consultation with a guided tour through the studio and the darkroom in order to experience the silver halide photography in action.

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1 comment:

  1. Dave Bowman wrote:
    Still have my CPE-2 Plus, which I use for my processing. Judging by the high price of this CPE-3 it looks like the price of mine has suddenly shot up, especially as they look identica