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    New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    After the Jobo CPP3 was the first new dedicated film/print processor to hit the market in more then a decade - we just heard about this product which was announced today.

    It called the SST4, make in Germany by Stark.

    We hope to get a production sample shortly, and will update on its actual capabilities when it arrives, but so far its looking very promising with an excellent price point (looks to be around 1600$ in the US).

    The key feature here is that this machine is universally compatible with pretty much any existing tank system you may already have, so you can turn all your tanks into rotation tanks without having to buy into a whole new system.

    Most specifically relevant here is that it can run all Jobo Expert drums, as well as Jobo 2500 system tanks for sheet film from 4X5 to 11X14.



    More info here:
    http://www.catlabs.info/stark-products

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    This looks like a great machine. Not much options left out there, this or a CPP3. One advantage to this is the size, looks to be less than 2 feet long, no dopey drum tap to leak.I have a CPP2 that's still hanging in there, but it's like filling a Kayak with water and I don't like leaving water in my machine for more than a day or two.

    This should have plenty of torque. All modern electronics! I usually pre-heat color chemicals in a microwave, I don't really need room for 6 1 liter bottles in preheat anymore I have a mixing valve for the wash water. I'm assuming that for B&W if you are at ambient you could run dry?? Wouldn't need to worry about a $700 drum walking off an old Beseler roller. Yeah, looks very interesting! Definitely an option for C-41 and B&W.
    Mike from Iowa

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    I love that temperature controller! I use 2 just like it for brewing. They are common aquarium controllers. So, it should be easy to find replacements.
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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I love that temperature controller! I use 2 just like it for brewing. They are common aquarium controllers. So, it should be easy to find replacements.
    I have some 25 year old German made aquarium heaters, I used for Cibachrome worked well. Those are the same knobs that Are on my CPP2

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I love that temperature controller! I use 2 just like it for brewing. They are common aquarium controllers. So, it should be easy to find replacements.
    I haven't seen one of these machines but it looks like knob on left is on/off, knob on right is rotation speed, and it looks like the temperature controller is set with the small buttons on the LED readout. Jobo sources knobs, no one makes an injection molding tool that costs $30,000 to make knobs you can buy for 50 cents a piece. Half the parts in a Ferrari are made by Fiat, that doesn't make it less of a Ferrari, just more reliable
    Peace, Mike

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    Say your using an Expert drum—how do you fill it?

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Wasserman View Post
    Say your using an Expert drum—how do you fill it?
    There will be an optional funnel/tube attachment for "while rotating" filling option for those who want it.

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    Will it be at Javits?

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Will it be at Javits?
    The better question is will you be at Javitz ?

    I think Photokina of 16 will be more likely.

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    Re: New universal film processor just announced - "SST4"

    I am in the German pavilion

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