Alternative to Jobo Reel

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  1. Luseboy

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    Hello,
    I am looking to find a reel that i can use instead of the jobo reel. I have a tank, lid, etc. just need the reel and loader base, etc. are there any cheaper alternatives?
    Thanks,
    Austin
     
  2. R gould

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    I think that you will have to use a jobo reel in a jobo tank, certainly Paterson won't fit and I believe that anything that fits a paterson will not fit a jobo and jobo won't fit a paterson as the centre post is different size
    Richard
     
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    According to Freestyle's website, the steel reels made by Hewes fit, but I haven't tried.
     
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    I no longer have my Jobo equipment, but I believe that the above poster is correct. I used SS reels in my Jobo and I think they were Hewes. They were not "cheaper" as the original poster specified, but they worked well, which is far more important to me than saving a few bucks.
     
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    Reel must not slide around the post of the Jobo tank. The cost of the reel is cheap when one considers to life time. Stick to Jobo reels if your film is worth developing.

    Steve
     
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    The standard 3.5-inch Nikor-type SS reels will not fit the small JOBO 1500 series tanks, but at one time (in the last 5 years) Hewes made special SS reels for both the 1500 series tanks and the 2500 series tanks. They are more expensive than the plastic ones, but much easier to use.
     
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    afaik, the steel Hewes/ Job reels were end of lifed and are certainly hard to find anywhere. I should have bought a a few more when I had the chance but the cost added up.
     
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    Although not cheap, I have two of Hewes SS reels my paterson tank and they are wonderful. You can buy them at RK Photographic
     
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    Thanks for the link to RK Photographic. It's nice to see the SS Jobo reels, and many other SS film devices, are still being manufactured. I don't know who sells them in the USA, but I bought my reels directly from Hewes, about 6-7 years ago.

    These SS reels for Jobo tanks are much easier to use than the original plastic reels. Not cheap, but worth the price.
     
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    Everyone has answered with suggestions for roll film reels, but are you looking for sheet film options? If so, the only real alternative that still uses the Jobo tanks is to place two sheets between the ribs like 4x5 prints, then plug the funnel with a black rubber stopper to keep it light tight.
     

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    There are two choices for Jobo 4"x5" tanks. One, I think, is the 2509 with a reel and the other which I use and am very happy with is the 3010 Expert Tank. The 3010 Expert Tank handles up to 10 4"x5" negatives and is well worth the money.

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    If you have a 2800 series tank, you can put the film around the perimeter of the tank without a reel.
     
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    thanks for all the replies guys! but i was particularly looking for sheet film options...I guess i should have made that clear. Anyways, i guess i'll just stick with tank processing until i can find a reel for a good price.
    Thanks guys!
     
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    The reels are nice, I have couple that I got for a good price, but I don't bother with the loader. I can get them loaded just fine without it. Until I got the reels, I used the method I photographed above. I still use that method for my 8x10 film with excellent results.
     
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    Hmm well i'll have to try that sometime then. Anyone know a good place to get the reels? ebay sells them for like 60 bucks each...
     
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    I think ebay may be the last. I happen to find a couple new ones at my local store on a dusty bottom shelf hidden behind other things.
     
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    Or just use a Print Drum lid instead of the funnel lid...
     
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    A German shop, www.monochrom.com, has the Hewes reels for Jobo 1500 in their catalogue. Both reels for 35 mm (42 Euros) and 120 film (46 Euros) are available.
     
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    This is great news that reels are still available. Does this mean Hewes can still make them even though Jobo is doa ?
     
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    Hewes are still going - http://www.hewes.co.uk/

    Martin