I was just loading a roll of 35mm Neopan onto my patterson real. Almost to the end of it and things starts to stop moving like it sometimes does. I give one more little advancement turn and just hear a *crinkle*. Feel around on the negative and can tell it has been bent enough that will be visible on the negatives. It wasn't going any further so I start to pull the strip off real to start over and *snap*, the negatives strip break into two.
I've had a few rough moments loading film before, but this is the first time I've ever seen a negative strip break in two. Looks like I'll be mixing up enough developer to cover two roll nows. :(
A friend of mine has on his wall a photo of mine entitled "Attack of the Killer Crescent Moons!" I won't tell you how those crescent shapes got into the sky, but Ralph being Ralph, he loves the photo.
I, too, had numerous "crinkle" experiences with various thin emulsions while loading them onto Paterson's plastic reels. Very frustrated, I became determined to learn how to load all emulsions on stainless steel reels, just like my father did, and after several attempts I finally succeeded. The key to success therein was, at intervals, to lightly push the film back towards the reel and if it freely moves in that direction a bit rather than refuses to budge, I knew that it was correctly loading along the reel's paths. Consequently, I refuse to use the plastic reels anymore.