I have been experimenting with some low cost methods of 8x10 film processing and sadly, have yet to get perfect uniformity across the whole neg consistently. I thought I had it there for a while with the pitcher and turkey baster agitation, but on the last batch there was some extra density toward the sides closest to the agitation. Where I live the sky is quite clear, no clouds, and it's easy to see the variation in that sky. Dang.
So, I'm thinking of just doing it and getting a JOBO drum for $250.00. I don't care about doing five sheets at once, but am going for the quality that I've heard so much about.
Another related question, do you get better uniformity or worse with longer development times? I seemed to do better when my times were at about 7 min, then I tried some dilutions and got poorer results at 12 and 15 minutes. This was a surprise, I thought I'd get better uniformity with the longer time.
Anyway, how do you like your Expert Drums?