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    I use scotch tape as well, but since I use a bulk loader I don't really have to worry about sparks. I would rather watch tv and load film than to just load film in the dark. It is boring after all. I also reuse color cassettes, only once. Makes things go a lot faster.

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    I've always used electrical tape. Not sure about this sparking stuff. I always assume the end frame is a write-off anyway, so I roll mine to 37-38 frames and just stop shooting at 36. Never had a problem with my process.

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    I like seeing the sparks fly when taking off the tape on my 120 rolls. So far the sparks have only exposed the area right where the tape was attached...but then I live in a famp climate.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Sparks do indeed "fly". This is a property of most glues.

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    Scotch tape, never had a problem with it. Like PE I used to precut the tape, but then I pretaped the length to the left over leader from discarded lab cassettes, and then attach this onto a clean tabletop, or rail. Gives you a nice even line of tape to wrap around the film to be reloaded. Masking tape is a bit too thick for this.

    I also cut my film off the spools, the only time I pull tape is to connect rolls of 120 for development, and then I only do it very very slowly and gently.

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    I just use masking tape, and like PE I make sure it adheres to both sides of the film. Seems to hold just fine, even on rolls that I've kept in the freezer a few years before actually shooting. I've never had the tape fail in-camera.
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    Since I often freeze filled cassettes I use freezer tape which works very well.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

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    The very best tape is the one used by 1-hour photo labs to attach the film to the leader card in a roller process machine. Its expensive but very strong and it allows you to use the small extended section of film protruding from the felt of the used C-41 cassette, that way you now have a very large supply of cassettes to use and won't have to reuse a cassette too many times and risk scratches.

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    I always used masking tape (lik most others), but be careful not to use the low tack variety as this can come undone quite easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingWaves View Post
    The very best tape is the one used by 1-hour photo labs to attach the film to the leader card in a roller process machine. Its expensive but very strong and it allows you to use the small extended section of film protruding from the felt of the used C-41 cassette, that way you now have a very large supply of cassettes to use and won't have to reuse a cassette too many times and risk scratches.
    Beat me to it! When I managed a semi-pro lab, I ordered in an extra roll of tape every so often, as the price was discounted a further 10% when the orders were over $1500.

    If you're on good terms with your local film processor, might be able to save some cash - I had a couple of customers who I sold a roll of "Splicing Tape" to, never a problem as I always had enough stock to cover a sudden influx of film for processing.

    Great stuff - and yeah, it's as strong as; trying to get it apart off a film leader could sometimes be a strength exercise for the fingers. . . . . . .

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