Omega Plastic reels compatible with Paterson tanks?

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  1. scinysnaps

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    I was looking at these: Omega Adjustable Reel F/All Univeral KS cat No.455032

    And wondering if
    a) will they fit in a Paterson plastic tank
    b) are they any good compared to the Paterson reels
    c) looks like they have the stopper to facilitate loading two rolls of 120 on the same reel.. Possible??

    Anyone has a clue?
    Looks reasonable value if yes to all the above...
     
  2. Rick A

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    Contact the vendor and ask the dimensions, measure the Paterson reel to see if they match.

    Rick
     
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    Did a quick google search and the reel you selected is 5 dollars.

    Paterson reels are $9.49 at Freestyle:

    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/11916-Paterson-Developing-Tank-Reel?cat_id=1603

    Is it worth $4.49?

    Wouldn't be for me. I'd fear the one roll of film I truly wanted, well, you can guess. I don't like oops like these.

    I always buy the best stuff. It's one less thing for me to worry about when hired to capture a gig.

    Just my thoughts.

    Your choice.
     
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    Rick, thanks but I am sure if I conacted the vendor, I could ask them if I fits Paterson tanks rather than asking for the dimensions, and yes Bill, you're right... You get what you pay for, but by that addage I should then be asking if Jobo reels would fit into a Paterson tank... :smile:
    So, moral of the story is YES I agree they might not be as good as a Paterson reel BUT if it can do the double roll of 120 ( easily without any tape ) like the Jobo reels, then I just might be willing to try them out.
    By the way, one of my Paterson reels has a small problem with the piece of plastic that holds the ball bearing in place. basically it has fallen off. Can I use superglue or an epoxy resin to stick back the little cover???
     
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    They fit, no problem.
     
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    so would these reels work in a Jobo 1510/1520 tank?

    just got a 1520 off craigslist, and I'm loving it!!! Still going to keep my stainless tanks and reels though, as a backup, but it sure is nice not having to have separate reels for 120/220 and 35mm!

    so, do these $4.99 reels work in a Jobo tank, please say yes :surprised:....

    -Dan
     
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    I don't think so. Jobo is completely different. It's a unique system.
     
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    No, I don't think these are the ones with the wider flanges. The Samigon branded plastic reels do definitely have the wider flanges, but these are considerably more expensive at $12.50 vs. the $4.99 for the Omega branded ones. I have a bunch of plastic reels of various manufacture including some of the wide flange variety. The extra wide flanges on the Samigon reels really do make loading any format film easier, but I don't find the others to be difficult. I could live without it. What I find interesting about the Omega reels is what looks to be a device to facilitate loading 2 x 120 roll film on a single reel. Now that would come in handy. Processing a roll of film in a plastic tank takes between 600 - 700 ml. to cover the film. That's far more developer than necessary for the 80 square inches of film to be developed and is typically enough to process 2 rolls. Being able to load 2 films on a single reel is conservative of chemistry and time. I've tried butting the ends of two 120 films and taping them together and it's not easy to do accurately in the dark nor is it reliable. Unless you get them lined up perfectly, you're looking at a jammed reel and possibly damaged film.
     
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    What I find interesting about the Omega reels is what looks to be a device to facilitate loading 2 x 120 roll film on a single reel. Now that would come in handy. Processing a roll of film in a plastic tank takes between 600 - 700 ml. to cover the film. That's far more developer than necessary for the 80 square inches of film to be developed and is typically enough to process 2 rolls. Being able to load 2 films on a single reel is conservative of chemistry and time. I've tried butting the ends of two 120 films and taping them together and it's not easy to do accurately in the dark nor is it reliable. Unless you get them lined up perfectly, you're looking at a jammed reel and possibly damaged film.[/QUOTE]

    You've hit the nail on the head.. That's what is attractive to me.. I am using the tape method now, dicey at best.. You save sooooo much chemicals doubling it up.
     
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    A word of caution on doubling up on 120 on the same reel. There is a minimum amount of developer needed to process one roll which is approx. 80 sq. inches, so if you double up, you still need to increase the amount of developer. You can still get by with less develper, just not as much saving as you may think.

    Rick