Brand of stainless steel reel for 120

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  1. tkamiya

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    I need to buy some stainless steel reel for 120.

    For 35mm, I use Hewes and ease of loading is just incredible. That's what a lot of people recommend, too. But I don't hear much of anything being said about 120 reels.

    Is Hewes worth its price for 120? Or should I just go with store brand/generic?
     
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    Hewes all the way. They will pay for themselves in saved frustation, and wasted film!!! The generic/cheaper reels are not always straight, and end up causing issues when loading, and its easy to screw the film up.
     
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    Good Evening,

    I agree that the Hewes 35mm reels are definitely the easiest to load. I don't happen to have any Hewes 120 reels, so I can't comment on them except to note that they seem to get universally positive reviews from others. I find that the Kinderman 120 reels are excellent in quality and are quite easy to load.

    Konical
     
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    If you can find the old Honeywell Nikor reels, those are GOOD.
    I stocked up on them when I found a bunch of them.

    Some of the generics are OK, others are JUNK.
    For your first reels I would get known good brands.

    But as Andrew said, if you are buying used, you need to make sure that the reel is not damaged, because even a good reel will turn to junk if it is damaged.
     
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    I'll go with Hewes then. I have no idea who made my current ones but only one is great, others aren't. I just tossed out not-so-good ones so I don't mistakenly try to use them.

    Thanks everybody.
     
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    Honeywell Nikor. If it was good enough for the Apollo Program,. it's always been good enough for me.
     
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    Hewes also makes a 220 reel, it loads like a dream! The 120 reel is my preferred reel, it has a positive clip at the start of the spiral.
     
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    Kindermann.