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    Loading the spool with 35mm film

    I usually expose and develop 120 film but I've just bought myself a Nikon F4 and will be developing my fist roll of 35mm film for many years. My question is do people open up the 35mm canister, take the film out then load the spool, or do people pull the film through the velvet slot on the canister? I'm going to be using a changing bag and I'm pretty used to having metre or so of 120 film and backing paper floating around in there! Also if you open the 35mm canister, is there any good techniques to doing this?

    BTW I must say the F4 is an awesome camera. goes well my Bronny SQAi and my panoramic pinhole.

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    Personally I always pull the film the velvet slot, and I have yet to have a problem in over 30 years, think about it, the film has already been though the cassette at least twice going though the camera and then being wound back,

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    +1 for pulling through the slot. The less time in the "sauna" conditions of a changing bag the better. BTW, I find loading 35mm in a bag a real PITA, I've blacked out a small bathroom and load on the counter top, much easier.
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    I open the canister top using a capsule opener (that I got for free from our local chinese takeaway) and pull out the spool.

    I have a bathroom that I easily can cover up and use for spooling onto the reels and load my paterson tanks. It's a quite small room, no counter, so instead I have a plate of wood that entirely covers the zink, which I attach using a bagage strap around the plate and the zink.
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    I open the canister as well, widen the opening and remove the film before spooling it. All done in a darkroom (no bag).

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    i pull out the film through the velvet. never had a problem really.

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    I pop the top of the cassette off(the one with the longer side of the spool protruding)with the side of a scissors,pull the spool out,cut the leader and load.

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    There are many good reasons to rewind the film entirely into the cassette. I open the cassette in a dark bag using a bottle opener.

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    People do both with equal success so neither method is better. Personally, I prefer to rewind with a bit of leader sticking out. This way I can trim the end, start it into the reel in daylight then finish loading in a dark bag. When I get to the end I tear the film against the exit slot so no need for scissors in the bag.


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    Personally when I rewind the film I leave a tiny bit of leader poking out so I can just pull out a bit, cut the leader off, feed the beginning of the film onto the reel by light of a torch in the darkroom, then pull it out in the dark bit by bit and wind it onto the reel. If your reel jams rather than trying to seal the film in something light tight you just wind it back into the cassette. When I get to the end I cut off the end from the cassette or tear it and wind that final bit onto the reel, job done

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