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    They are powerful. I have a tape of Gloria Estevan and the Miami Sound Machine that has a crackle on it and I was told that this was caused by Fidel Castro facing Florida pulling Scotch Tape to lower the quality of any Cuban exiles' musical recording

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    Quote Originally Posted by sage View Post
    So do the X rays do anything or are they minimal enough that it doesn't matter?
    As already indicated there must be a vacuum to establish an environment where charges are large enough to evoke X-rays.

    Loading a camera in vacuum would not be a typical use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentaxuser View Post
    They are powerful. I have a tape of Gloria Estevan and the Miami Sound Machine that has a crackle on it and I was told that this was caused by Fidel Castro facing Florida pulling Scotch Tape to lower the quality of any Cuban exiles' musical recording

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    :-D

    Maybe it was the ghosts of the BBC masts at Daventry. I well remember receiving Radio Moscow on my poorly-shielded stereo system. Ah the happy days of the Cold War... :-)

    I have noticed the 'tape glow' phenomenon too but I always thought it was static electricity, which shows how much I know, dunnit. :-)

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    Re: Does Tape Glow?

    There's a very simple solution to this: don't pull the tape from the film but pull the paper backing from the tape and fold back the tape over the film: that also gives you a much stiffer end to start spooling the film on the reel (I always start from "the other side"). Works great with Jobo reels, but I never tried with Paterson or others.

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    when i don't have an enlarger handy to do contact prints,
    i usually pull the tape off a 120 roll really fast and chomp on a wintergreen lifesaver ..
    it works pretty well

    ymmv

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    when i don't have an enlarger handy to do contact prints,
    i usually pull the tape off a 120 roll really fast and chomp on a wintergreen lifesaver ..
    it works pretty well
    ymmv

    If you can do that in a vacuum, you could make your own dental x-rays....

    I always fold over the tape on 120 as it goes into the end of the reel too. Someone is going to tell us why that's a bad habit, but so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NedL View Post
    I always fold over the tape on 120 as it goes into the end of the reel too. Someone is going to tell us why that's a bad habit, but so far so good.
    I suppose if any paper fibers stick to the tape, they might come off during processing and stick to the film.

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    Yes, the tape glows. Same with opening an envelope - that one also glows.

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    When I was taking the black tape off a bulk spool canister, I was amazed at how bright the green glow was, and glad the tape was on the outside with the film inside!

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    Hm… I wonder…

    On my first roll of Delta 3200, I struggled mightily with the tape. It resulted in me worrying the film end quite a bit. I've been wondering if the fogging on the tape end of the film, covering about a frame and a half (6x6cm frames; the length was about the length of film still to be loaded onto the plastic “walking” reel), was an artifact of the tape struggle, the film torsion, or something else.
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