I'm about to take the plunge into processing my own color prints. I've been doing B&W for about a year, and I'm itching to make use of my extensive color backlog. First, assume that I would rather not scan and digitally print my work, even though I have about 30 years experience with computers. I have wasted a tremendous amount of K3 Ultrachrome without once getting a print out of my printer that looks like it does on the screen, even using manufacturers' paper profiles and Monaco EZ Color. Second, I'm considering a Jobo processor because of the temperature controls and because I can't seem to not scratch my LF negatives in either tray or tank processing.
Here's the question: Am I completely nuts?
Take the following into consideration when responding:
Can one successfully tray process color prints without absolute control of temperature?
Will I eventually be able to not scratch my LF negs? Or, do I just have to become a good retoucher?
Is it worth the effort?
All responses will be greatly appreciated.