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    When Do You Remove the Paper?

    Question: For those who develop 120 rolls of film, when do you remove the paper backing? Before or after loading the film onto the reel? I'm not sure what way is best and I end up cutting it off after I have loaded the film onto the reel. One roll I cut off part of the last frame and I'm not sure how I managed to do that. Perhaps my paper removing method is not optimized.

    Thanks for any tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    Question: For those who develop 120 rolls of film, when do you remove the paper backing? Before or after loading the film onto the reel? I'm not sure what way is best and I end up cutting it off after I have loaded the film onto the reel. One roll I cut off part of the last frame and I'm not sure how I managed to do that. Perhaps my paper removing method is not optimized.

    Thanks for any tips!
    I remove the paper first by peeling the tape from the paper and folding it over the end of the film. That taped end is easier to load into the reel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    I remove the paper first by peeling the tape from the paper and folding it over the end of the film. That taped end is easier to load into the reel.
    I agree.
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    unroll the film till you get to the loos end. hang a 1" spring clip "A clamp" on that end. adds weight and keeps the film under control. rip off paper
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    I remove the paper first by peeling the tape from the paper and folding it over the end of the film. That taped end is easier to load into the reel.
    +1
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    Watch out and don't peel the tape too fast--it makes sparks. Nice and slow does it.

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    I let it fall away as I put the film on the reel then tear it off when the film is all loaded. Yes, slowly to avoid static sparks. I like keeping it all on the spool until it gets to the reel because I'm fairly sure I'd drop the film on the floor if I took it off the spool sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winger View Post
    I let it fall away as I put the film on the reel then tear it off when the film is all loaded. Yes, slowly to avoid static sparks. I like keeping it all on the spool until it gets to the reel because I'm fairly sure I'd drop the film on the floor if I took it off the spool sooner.
    I'm with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    I remove the paper first by peeling the tape from the paper and folding it over the end of the film. That taped end is easier to load into the reel.
    Me too.

    I change film in a changing bag so dropping it on the floor is not an issue, and I find it easier to deal with just the film, rather than the film with the paper trailing behind it, in such an enclosed space.
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    Here is my method,
    I cup the spool in one hand, then pull the paper with the other, while pulling, my thumb on the hand holding the spool is riding on the film side of the paper. This separates the film from the paper and leaves you holding the rolled up film in one hand, the paper in the other. When you get to the tape tear (at the joint between the paper and the film) or peel it as you like. With practice, you can do this in one motion.

    Then load from the taped end as described.

    Letting it fall free in a curly strip risks getting kinks or scratches, though it's not a big risk. It also ensures it won't drag on the floor.

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