In the last few months I've been able to get some extra doodads for my analog darkroom. I must say that one of the most important and valuable additions was a digital thermometer - measures down to 0.1 (one tenth) deg. Celsius, and is very quick and easy to use.
Besides my DIY Palm darkroom timer, there is also a Jobo processor CPE-2 with lift, and several other gadgets.
I was thinking that I need something to help me speed up the process of getting the enlarger exposures in the ballpark... So far, I'm using test strips, and those are a pain... Takes me 3 different test strips (of 5 exposures each) to get the (approximate) proper exposure. It takes long, and is no fun at all
I was thinking of an enlarger exposure meter, something like Ilford EM10. I *do* have a color analyzer (Philips), and I think it could also help me in this regard, provided I could use it as some kind of densitometer. I don't have any instructions for it (bought used, cheap), but I think it shouldn't be too complicated, provided I can get the hang of it.
OTOH, Ilford EM10 exposure meter looks very compact (important, since my darkroom is tiny), and from what I've read about it, seems to be simple to use. Can be had cheap from ebay ($15-$20).
Now, if anyone has an Ilford EM10 for sale/trade, I won't ask any further
Otherwise, what are your suggestions for speeding up the process of determining a proper exposure for a print?
I've even thought about using a scanner for such things - I use Silverfast software, and it has a densitometer function. But, that doesn't sound very practical, either....