Thermometers

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  1. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Is there an advantage to using an analog thermometer over a digital thermometer or vice versa?

    I've recently had to give back most of my dark room stuff to its original owner ( he was kind enough to let me borrow it for the last few months) so I'm looking to replace everything!


    Zach :D
     
  2. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'd like to hear someone weigh in on that, too. Now that I have an enlarger all this extra stuff is going to be fun to purchase. :D

    I was taught on the classic long darkroom analog thermometers, which seemed incredibly reactive to even slight temperature changes, and I trust them. But I would probably have the same reaction if I'd been taught using a digital one.

    Any pros, cons?
     
  3. Hertz van Rental

    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    The problem with digital therms was always a slow reaction time (along with cost). They used thermocouples. But the newer ones seem pretty responsive although I guess you need to buy a good (expensive) one. calibration might be a problem and then there's batteries.
    I always used a good quality photographers glass and mercury job - they work and are accurate. Easy to clean too. But they do break easy and are oten hard to read. DON'T get and alcohol one. Poor accuracy and a lot of thermal lag.
    Digital and mercury both have similar environmental concerns but I think overall glass/mercury win here.
    I'd get one of each - use the digital but check calibration with the merc occaisionally and it's a good back-up if the batteries go. But then I'm a belt and braces man ;-)
     

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