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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Gralab pointed away as others have mentioned - but I like the idea of a voice...like that female voice on my iPhone that tells me when to turn right or left when I'm driving - would be great if she could be in my darkroom to tell me exactly what I need to do...and when!

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I'm not sure what a "nice voice" sounds like to Aussies. I'd rather have neutral bleeps. I reckon the only thing those obnoxious new Alexa devices should be programmed to understand is, "shut up".

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    Gralab pointed away as others have mentioned - but I like the idea of a voice...like that female voice on my iPhone that tells me when to turn right or left when I'm driving - would be great if she could be in my darkroom to tell me exactly what I need to do...and when!
    Like the calm, female voice that says "Station will self-destruct in 5 seconds... Good Bye..." ;-)

    Steve K

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    The display on the two digital Gralab 645 timers I have can be turned off. There is a metronome function as well. I think the Gralab 900 I have can do the same. The Kearsarge timer I have can't be shut off.

    Hope that helps you.

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I used an Ironman digital watch timer in my pants pocket set to beep every minute, when I developed in a dark bathroom tub.

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Quote Originally Posted by alethearobbins View Post
    Hello friends

    How do folks monitor development time while in pitch black for tray developing sheet film?

    Many thanks! Happy full moon

    Alethea

    Open lights...


    Use a paper safe as your tray, or place your tray inside a paper safe or another light tight box, in that way your tray is a "daylight tank". When development done... close lights, move the film to the stop bath and after 30s you may open lights, fix also lights open. While you fix/wash that sheet you may develop the next one.

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    This 11x14 paper safe was e sold for $18, you place tour tray inside...

    Ensure that your sheet does not float in the chem...

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Unicolor Jingle Bell is the one I use for all my film developing.
    No electricity required... Dead simple and paraphrasing the words of Monty Python, it's a machine that goes BING!

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Just bought one, NOS

    Never seen or heard of it until now

    I have a box of broken Time-O-Lites that were sold as functional, even on this forum...

    Never complain, never explain, but learn from mistakes...

    Quote Originally Posted by choiliefan View Post
    Unicolor Jingle Bell is the one I use for all my film developing.
    No electricity required... Dead simple and paraphrasing the words of Monty Python, it's a machine that goes BING!
    sin eater

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Quote Originally Posted by freecitizen View Post
    I have an ancient device known as a tape recorder.

    I made a 30 minute recording of myself as a speaking stopwatch ........ I just play that in the dark.

    Works very well.
    I love that idea!!

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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Quote Originally Posted by alethearobbins View Post
    I love that idea!!
    I use the same system, although I recorded my voice in my phone. I play it through a bluetooth speaker. The recording marks the time in intervals of 15 seconds. It is very convenient, because I never know exactly when Iím going to place the film in the developer.

    Best,
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