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    I liked SS, but went to Paterson plastic reels when I had "surge" problems. By that, I mean I had more development near the edges of the film caused by eddies around the SS reels.

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    Hewes Hewes Hewes Hewes .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Gravel
    I liked SS, but went to Paterson plastic reels when I had "surge" problems. By that, I mean I had more development near the edges of the film caused by eddies around the SS reels.
    I do not have that problem with the pre-wet procedure, developers and agitation methods that I use.
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    Maybe you should consider Hewes reels. Has anyone mentioned them yet?

    Seriously now. They may have got round the problem of alignment with those hooky things, and they may be available for standard Jobo 1500 series tank cores, but they haven't got round the old 'hair caught in the spiral' problem. Trust me on this.

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    As a sidenote, how exactly does one use those 'aprons'?

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    The apron thing has little knobbles along the edges, so when you wind it together with the film each lap is held away from the adjacent laps. No plastic or metal spiral to load. Good stuff! We had them at school though they didn't fit in with the school's motto 'Semper Multa Difficultissima Multum Bonissimum Est'*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen B
    Maybe you should consider Hewes reels. Has anyone mentioned them yet?

    Best,
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    I love the Hewes 120 reels I have, look for them all the time..OK, they cost a little more and I'm cheap, so anytime I see any SS reels, check to see if they are Hewes.
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    I had many problems loading film onto Paterson's plastic reels--perhaps after a while of usage the reels need to be replaced due to wear--and switched to Hewes reels and have been completely satisfied. Though I initially had problems getting the film throughout the stainless steel reel, I consulted the following Web page and my problems were solved:

    http://www.clearsightusa.com/loadingreels.html

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    I love this thread!
    I just find it so cool that there are so many different answers to the same question, and that each respondant has a different angle.

    FWIW, I learned to use a Paterson system and found it a snap. A couple of months ago, I bought a used Jobo TBE-2 and it came with four of the four-roll Jobo stainless tanks. I figured 'what the hay' and decided to try the stainless stuff because everybody seemed to be of the opinion that they were the best.

    OUFFFF!!! I practised and practised in the light until I thought I had it. Of course, Murphy's Law struck...When I went to load the reel for real it took ages and even when I thought I had it all correct, it wasn't. When I unwound the reel to dry, it was all a mess.

    With the Paterson reels, I know when there is a problem because they simply refuse to wind properly.

    As always, YMMV!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Gravel
    I liked SS, but went to Paterson plastic reels when I had "surge" problems. By that, I mean I had more development near the edges of the film caused by eddies around the SS reels.
    Good Morning,

    I never had any problem with Patterson reels when doing 35mm; with 120, I got occasional uneven development near the film edges. I was just beginning in the darkroom at the time, and the problem may have been my agitation technique, but since going to stainless steel, I've never had any such problems.

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