I solved all my problems when I learned how to cut the leader properly: straight edge, carefully rounded corners. Plastic reels can be cleaned with hot water, dish soap and and old toothbrush (there probably are other equally valid methods).
I make very small movements while loading the film, 1 cm left, 1 cm right, 1 cm left etc. this way I reduce the risk of the film going out of the grooves.
I have had success with using a soft artists brush and brushing in a very tiny amount of Mr Sheen furniture polish then cleaning it out with another brush.
Originally Posted by Murray Kelly
I have found that using a blow dryer on the reels for 30 seconds and my hands gets all the moisture out, and makes Paterson reels easy to load. Even in a changing bag... I gave up on stainless steel reels after I ruined too many frames.
You're right Tony, very amusing. Now to work out a similar tasty way to load 120 or 4x5. Did you ever swallow the lot? And if so, how did they print?
Originally Posted by Tony Egan
I have a feeling that Juri was convinced in 2011 that APX100 was the sole reason he had problems so did he stop using APX and found success, switched to digital, discovered that his film was wider after measuring it ( Thomas B's suggestion), switched to stainless steel reels etc ?
Looks like we'll never know. It is always nice to know what happened when APUG has collectively tried to help