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    Removing processed film from reels

    Hi All,

    There seem to be two schools of thought with regard to removing the processed film from spiral reels. Some seem to separate the two halves of the spiral (risking damage to the wet emulsion) whilst others, of which I am one, prefer to leave the reel intact, gently flex the film with its natural curve and unwind it (risking kinking the film). The latter has always worked well enough for me in 35mm, but a couple of days ago I had processed a roll of 120 and found myself wondering whether the wider film would be more likely to kink and that perhaps I should adopt a different technique.

    Of course, with a group of this size I won't be surprised to find other approaches that I haven't even dreamt of!

    Best wishes,

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    I'm flexing the film, both for 35mm and 120, and still have to see problems with that.
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    Like you, I unwind the film from the reels. But rather than pull the film up perpendicular to the reel slots, I pull the film out tangentially to the reel, and allow the reel to rotate on a finger as the film unspools. I use this technique with 35mm, and 120, and it seems to put little stress on the film.
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    I use Steve's unwind technique with stainless and plastic reels, it works well.

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    I use the slight flex and unwind technique until I can feel that the film is loose in the reel. At this point I pull it out of the reel.



    Steve.

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    I also use Steve's technique with my Paterson plastic reels although, I've been known to just grab and yank too. I find it's less of a problem with 120 than 35mm since it's wider and can flex more so pops out more easily.

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    OMG! I guess it's true that "ignorance is bliss". I'd never even considered that this was a problem. But then, I'm one of the 3 people in the world (apparently) that doesn't think loading reels is hard, either.
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    How do you damage the film by taking the reels apart?

    I tend to try the other one first then if it's not working take the reel apart.

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    I've never been able to figure out how to get my Nikkor reels apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebarger View Post
    I've never been able to figure out how to get my Nikkor reels apart.

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    Bolt cutters, smoke wrench, etc. It's putting them back together that's difficult. :rolleyes:
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