stupidity and impatience
The subject line concerns me
I got my first bunch of 120 film (never seen a 120 roll before)
today, and I couldn't wait so I opened one box on the street,
removed the candy wrapings, cut the tape holding the roll and started
unwraping the leader expecting to get to some kind of a plastic
cassete inside or something, when when I got to the actual film tape
I realised that I am holding a core with film wraped around it and
a paper leader around it (no cassetes or anything)
The first thought was: crap, you idiot, you have crewed up this roll, it should have been unwraped in dark.
Then when I got home at took another look, It seems that the
actual film sticks hard to itself and does not unwrap by itself, like the paper does. So my second thought was: maybe I didn't screw up the whole roll
I don't remember wheather the film unwraped by itself like the paper leader did the first time I opened in on street, I just remember realising in shock that I'm suddenly unwraping film so I but it back in the box quickly
SO my question is:
What is the chance that I screwed up this roll? does the film usually hold tight to itself around the core and you can unwrap the leader in daylight, or does the film around the core loosen itself when there is no pressure from the paper leader (so you have to do it in total dark) ?
I should have read something before opening my first roll of 120 film..
You've screwed up at least the first couple of frames. Load it and advance, say, to frame 4, and start shooting there.
Okay--120 film is taped to a paper backing. You should load and unload it in subdued light, but total darkness is not necessary.
Different cameras load in different ways, but there are a few general options.
If the camera has an automatic frame counter (most modern cameras and SLRs) load the film on the feed side and attach the paper leader to the takeup spool (a used feed spool from a previous roll of film--you don't rewind medium format film), and advance the film until you see two large arrows oriented perpendicularly to the direction of film travel. Those arrows should point to two dots or arrows in the film chamber that indicate the start point. Close the back and advance to frame 1.
If the camera is an old camera with a red window, like a folder or older TLR, do the same thing, but there won't be a start point indicated inside the camera. When the paper backing is securely attached to the takeup spool, close the back, and advance the film until you see the number "1" in the red window. Note that this is strictly a manual operation, so it won't stop automatically, and if you miss it, you miss it. Some films (Kodak and most of the East European films) have clear markers indicating that the number is coming up. With some films, the numbers can be a bit hard to read, and they are easier to miss.
You don't unwrap it at all until its already exposed and you're ready to develop. You take off the tape, as you did, to release the paper leader and then use that to load your camera. I'm not sure what camera you are using so I can't really say how exactly to load it. But once you have the leader fed into the taking spool in your camera you advance the roll until you see 'Start' with an arrow that lines up with a certion position in your camera...usually indicated by a red dot or arrowhead. Then you close the camera up and and advance until you get to the (1) frame, and you're ready to shoot. Sorry to be so vague, but I don't know your particular camera model....thats the jist of it though.
You should be fine - as has been said, the first few frames will be exposed, but oh well. The film tends to stay pretty tightly wound around the spool, so it shouldn't be too bad ...
The only thing I would reccomend is that you remember to close the "exposed" tape on the end of the roll after exposing the whole thing. I've fogged half a roll by forgetting to to close the tape and having the roll unroll itself.
have fun with your foray into medium format ...
I'd use this role as your practice roll and waste it. Unroll it all the way and examine how it's put together. Then roll it back up and run it through your camera just wasting the shots.
Then unroll it again and examine how you would place it on your spools for development.
This may be a good leaning tool to see how to use this kind of film so that you don't screw up one with pictures you care about.
When I develop it I put it on the spool all the way to the tape then at the end strip off the tape and wind on the remaining few inches.
I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.
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Bin it and start again - it's hardly a fortune for one roll of film and youir checking to see if it's fogged is probably not worth the time. Use it as a practice roll for loading your developing reel which probably is a good use of your time because that is something that needs practice!
In case this thread is ever used for reference, there is a third way of loading up 120 and 220, found on many Rolleiflex TLRs and SLRs: there is a feeler roller to detect the beginning of the film. All you do is attach the end of the backing paper to the take-up spool after threading it under the feeler roller if necessary, check that it is on properly, and close the back. There is no lining up of arrows.
Since I discovered that I need an empty spool anyway, I've decided to use this roll as a practice roll, so I've unrolled the entire roll to see how the other end looks like.
I've also practiced attaching it back to the spool and rolling it back.
Since the film is intentionally ruined now, I'll use its spool as the starting spool (you only need one empty spool in your lifetime for starting MF photography)
No empty spool in your camera ? There should be one left behind in it.
Originally Posted by Ed_Davor
Any way what kind of camera is it ? Do you have a manual for it ? Try and google the camera name and see if you can find any info on it. I have seen some site showing how to load different cameras so you should be able to find something.
BTW that was a great tip Blansky came up with.
Naivete and enthusiasm
"stupidity and impatience"
No, it should be "Naivete and enthusiasm".
This may be the best, least expensive lesson you'll learn all year
In one step, you may have learned more about how 120 roll fill works than in weeks of more timid approach to the issue.
One piece of advice, which mirrors the other posters - see if you can find a manual somewhere. How to load a film is one of the most important parts of any manual.
Oh, and have fun!