loading film onto reels

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I always have problems loading 36 exp.T-MAX onto my Paterson plastic reels.I have no problems at all with 24 exp.film.The final 8 to 10 inches always jams on the 36 exp. roll.Does anyone have any ideas?

-- Anonymous, April 28, 1997


Switch to Ilford Delta? Actually one thing that can help is to cut a small piece of the edge off at a 4x degree angle in the dark so the sharp edge is not there to catch. It usually works for me with the jobo reels. The other thing that helps for me with those plastic reels is to zap them with a hair dryer shortly before loading. When I do that the problems disappears completely. I still prefer the metal ones, but won't give up my rotary processor now. So I'll wax nostalgic about the old metal ones but not go back to them, even tho Jobo has some now. What I use works well so why change?

-- Anonymous, April 28, 1997

Buy metal reels. Plastic reels are junk.

-- Anonymous, May 24, 1997

sticking reels

You may have reels that have moisture on them. Completely dry the reels prior to use and your problem may go away.It helped me.

-- Anonymous, May 28, 1997

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