After rewinding, I leave some leader out, avoiding the hassle of retrieving the leader. In the dark bag, I pull the film out of the slot. The advantage of this is if something goes wrong, I can rewind the film. Also, it's easier for me to handle a cartridge than a spool while loading.
BTW, my Hewes reel arrived yesterday from Freestyle. Nice! Certainly superior to the no-name reels I've been using.
I open the canister as well, widen the opening and remove the film before spooling it.
That's what I do, but in a bag.
I used to pull film out until once when shooting in sandy sweaty conditions, sand stuck to the velvet and had scratches the length of my film. Also I've had a couple accidental double exposure roles by not rewinding the film fully into the canister
I have a canister opening tool (yes, I know...I should have just gotten a bottle opener for a lot less $$$...n00b mistake.) I go into a small bathroom and turn out all the lights in that and the surrounding rooms and have struggled loading the patterson tank with no light issues. BTW...any advice about dealing with/avoiding jammed reels? I ended up being so concerned about getting it into the reel after several attempts that I rushed and some of the film stuck during development ruining some of the images. I bought some bulk film and I will hopefully be able to simply pop the top off manually so I can reuse the canisters.
I have tried many ways, and came back to using the "pry off the end" method. I actually recently got a Minilab leder extracter to try and found that it was almost more trouble than not.
The tool that works best of the A-P black cassette opener. although bulk loaded cassettes can just have the end pried off by hand. I did get the wall mount A-P opener, but find the hand held one easier to use.
One item to consider is having a black film can - like one from Ilford HP-5 or the older Kodak cans handy, just in case you have to stash the film in the dark if the tank gets balky.
With the AP opener, it is slightly easier to pry off the cap on the Big end of the cassette. I twist the spool in the rewind direction while pulling it out of the cassette.
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I just use a film leader retriever, takes only a few seconds and I can do it in daylight. I trim the end with scissors, then load it onto a stainless Nikor reel in the changing bag, snipping the end with a pair of blunt end scissors.
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