Film is Alive and Well as Evidenced by the New Jobo CPE-3 Processor!

August 15, 2016  •  9 Comments

As an advocate for the arts, photographic film, and darkroom photography, I am super excited that Jobo has developed a brand new film processing system, the CPE-3, aimed at home users.

The new CPE-3 is based on the time-tested design of the CPE-2+, featuring a stronger motor, improved electronic control board, and a new style lift.  

This unit is very compact and lightweight.  Height 10 in x Width 25 in x Depth 12 in (H 25.5 cm x W 65.5 cm x D 30 cm) 
Weight: 6.6 lbs. (3 kg). 

Just like all of the previous Jobo systems, this unit is suitable to develop black and white films, color transparencies (E-6), and color negatives too (C-41).  I even develop my black and white positive prints in my Jobo as well as my RA-4 color prints. 

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The new processor is compatible with all 1500 and 2500 series tanks.  This means you can develop 35mm, 120 medium format and 4x5 sheet film by default.  If you get a special CL-81 tank from CatLabs, you can even develop 8x10 sheet film with this unit.  


The graduates are the familiar 260ml capacity and the bottles are still 600ml.  

My plan is to use the new CPE-3 in my Sprinter van for processing film while on the road.  

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Gavin Go(non-registered)
Hi. Out to hopefully buy a jobo soon. So tempting.
Good to know Jobo is in the game, I am 90% film user and darkroom (STILL)
John Esco(non-registered)
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Hi Laidric and Stephen, thanks for your comments. Stephen, I have been using various Jobo systems since the early 1990's and I don't think I have ever had a single issue such as uneven development, etc. Have you talked to the guys over at Catlabs? They seem to really know the Jobo stuff very well.
Laidric Stevenson(non-registered)
This is awesome for Jobo to release a new processor in 2016, I have a Cpp2 that I need to get the rotator motor replaced, but I love my Jobo, it makes life easier! I still remember the very first time I saw one, when I was a sophomore in HS back in 1991, and it left such an impression on me that I knew one day I would own one of my own...
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