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    Processed my first roll of B&W film

    Yesterday was the first time I developed a roll of film (HP5) in my photography class. We practiced for a while inserting the film onto the reels prior to the real thing. But I still had a bit of a problem after the dry run. Wound up with a burn on about the third or fourth frame.

    Thinking maybe I should buy a reel and continue to practice with a outdated and expired roll of Long's 35mm film.

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    Yeah, that's a good idea. I did this but my first roll still turned into a disaster. I was trying to get it on that dang steel reel for about an hour and a half. Finally gave up and went and got one of the plastic reels the next day, but did a lot of bending damage to the roll the night before.

    The photo gods must be appeased. They demand sacrifice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdarklight View Post
    ... my first roll still turned into a disaster.
    This is starting to sound like an AA meeting.

    I'm Denis K and I don't care what other's say, I like plastic reels. That's all I ever use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis K View Post
    This is starting to sound like an AA meeting.

    I'm Denis K and I don't care what other's say, I like plastic reels. That's all I ever use.
    I tried to go old school, but the plastic reels are easier, and that first reel taught me a valuable lesson: There's no point in endangering your negatives if there's a more reliable method.

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    Agreed...

    I'm J. Richard and I use plastic reels.
    - J. Richard
    4x5 Speed Graphic, Looking for another 8x10.

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    First congrats and welcome to the fold. My preference is for steel reels (I have both) but you do need *good* steel reels. I would recommend Hewes.

    I develop film in my kitchen, thus I use a light bag to load the film. The Patterson Universal that I have makes for a tight fit, and doing more than 1 roll becomes a pain. The steel reels are smaller and user smaller cans. As a perk, they also require less chemical when doing 1-shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdarklight View Post
    I tried to go old school, but the plastic reels are easier, and that first reel taught me a valuable lesson: There's no point in endangering your negatives if there's a more reliable method.
    Old school-my bakelite Yankee Clipper tank that I bought in the 60's used. It's probably from the late 40's. I still have the tank and thermometer, but alas, the reel is long ago departed. Bought a new Paterson, but it doesnt work for me, so I defer to my s.s. reels and tanks.
    Rick

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    Practise loading the spiral using an old film in the light a few times.
    Then do it with your eyes shut a few times.
    When you can do it without having to open your eyes your ready to do it in a changing bag.

    Just make sure the spiral is absolutely dry (using a hairdryer to gently warm up a plastic spiral will help)

    Cheers Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilmsmaggie View Post
    Yesterday was the first time I developed a roll of film (HP5) in my photography class. We practiced for a while inserting the film onto the reels prior to the real thing. But I still had a bit of a problem after the dry run. Wound up with a burn on about the third or fourth frame.

    Thinking maybe I should buy a reel and continue to practice with a outdated and expired roll of Long's 35mm film.
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    Back when our college mentor started us out in darkroom, we were sent to the dorm on Friday with a length of film and a plastic reel (FR or Yankee?) and told to come back being able to load film in the dark.

    I practiced and practiced in my dorm room, with my eyes closed. Monday, I passed my "test." Now, almost fifty years later, I sit there in the dark loading reels------still with my eyes closed. And I actually think doing this with closed eyes helps in the "visualization" of what I am doing. Oh, yeah; I use SS reels now, but learned the same way and work the same way.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Congradulations and welcome the the world of film development!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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