The Jobo CPE-3 In Home FILM Processor. Check it out…

The Jobo CPE-3 In Home FILM Processor. Check it out…

Now this is cool….

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If you still shoot film, and want an easy way to process all of it, then here is something super cool that allows you to get perfect development of your film in house and easy. You can see more on this device HERE.  It comes in at $1749. More details below…

Photographers all over the world are becoming frustrated at the rate of local film processing locations disappearing. Many have decided to try hand-processing at home or sending their film out to be developed and scanned, through the mail. With the new, compact JOBO CPE-3 PROCESSOR, you can start developing locally, again… in your own home! With a footprint of about two feet wide and one foot deep, the CPE-3 is perfect for small spaces. Experience the magic of processing your film, yourself, with a helping hand from Jobo! Fine-art and freelance photographers, as well as high schools and universities have been looking forward to the arrival of a small, affordable processor to help keep as much of their craft in-house, as possible; and, here it is…

The Jobo CPE-3 Processor is a motor-driven processor for all films from 35mm, 120 medium format, up to 4×5 sheet film, in Jobo tanks. On the Jobo CPE-3, tanks are attached to the processor and are automatically rotated in both directions for optimally accurate and even developing. Its accurate tempering bath assures precision processing every time.

The chemicals and film are all kept at the same controlled temperature, in a common, thermostatically controlled water-jacket. Temperature can continuously be set between 68 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A red indicator light signals when the heater is in operation. All graduates and bottles lock into place and are kept from floating, thus providing an even water level and optimal tempering.

With the Jobo Lift, the attaching and removing of the tank for emptying and refilling is not necessary any more! No wet hands – chemicals are poured while the tank is rotating, and used chemicals are easily collected by pulling the lift lever. Processing times are maintained and films are soaked evenly. Chemistry is easily collected for reuse.

For rotary processing, each tank must be fitted with a magnet or cog. To use a tank on the processor, without the Jobo Lift attached, a magnet must be mounted on the bottom. However, your tank must have a cog installed on its lid to use with the Jobo Lift. Some tanks come with a magnet or cog already installed, some do not. Magnets and cogs can be purchase separately if your tank does not include them.

Processes 35mm, 120-size and larger (up to 4×5 sheet film)
Semi-automates processing for daylight operation
Automatic agitation
Automatic temperature control
One shot developing
Compatible with all Jobo tanks 1500 and 2500 series
For use with lift, tanks must have a cog (two cogs included)
Not for use with Jobo drums

1 – Jobo Lift
1 – Jobo Cog Kit, contains 2 cogs and 4 washers
4 – bottles 600ml
4 – graduates 250ml
1 – Jobo 1520 tank

5 – 35mm x 36 exp.
6 – 120 films
12 – 4×5 sheet film

H 10 in x W 25 in x D 12 in
(H 25.5 cm x W 65.5 cm x D 30 cm)
Weight: 6.6 lbs. (3 kg)

110V/440W, designed for US 110 volt system.


  1. I had one that would develop 30 x 25 inch paper. No wasting lots and lots of water. It was great but I sold it along with the enlarger etc,

  2. I had one of these. Used it for processing 4×10-inch negatives, 645 negs and 35s. It was a life-saver. Back in the film days, I’d save my film for about a year of more, then, when my wife would visit her parents for a week, I’d haul out the processor and spend days processing. It was easy and gave me consistent negatives. The most difficult thing was loading the film in the dark! Everything else was out in the light of day. Timer, temp control. Great! I sold everything when I made the switch to 100% digital.

  3. I still use my Paterson Tanks and Reels and they have never failed. Perfect Results. I have used these JOBO machines 20 years ago and they don’t give me any advantage for all the space they take and they must be plugged in!

  4. I think I’ll stay with digital, I spent way to much time in the past washing prints and finding enough space for a clothesline to hang them up to dry.
    In fact I hated wasting all that water to wash prints and film.

    • I have one, for me the advantages are reduced cost of developing, convenience to develop my own film quickly if required and consistency as the temperatures and rotation controls are very precise, giving you uniform results. You need to shoot plenty of film to justify buying one though, even at this very good price.

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