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    A matter of millimeters

    Hi All,

    I tried to load some 120 colour film onto both a Paterson and AP plastic
    reel last night which took about 40 minutes.

    After I had finished developing I realised the film had just wound
    together just inside the outer circumference of the reel instead of
    winding in towards the centre so I lost about half of the frames
    obviously as they were touching together.

    I realised after the neg had dried that the width of the film was
    59.5mm but the normal width should be 61mm.
    they just will not wind into the reel

    I have another 4 rolls of this batch to develop - any ideas ?

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    You can try stainless steel reels and tanks. I just measured my ss and plastic reels, plastic is definitly a no-go and the ss should go.
    Rick A
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    Although I curse a bit when loading my plastic reels for color film I have yet to see a film that wouldn't fit, regardless of brand.

    Biggest problems for me have been with the leading corners catching so I bend the film back a bit to "flatten" it a bit and clip the leading corners at an angle. Smaller clips work better for me.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    I never had a problem loading my 120 film on to the Patterson tank. Did you load it in the right direction?

    Jeff

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    thanks guys, i never have problems loading 120 either but as this 120
    is narrower than the standard 61mm, it just will not stay in the spiral channels.

    im thinking of modifying a plastic reel to accomodate this.

    Rick - you recon the SS reel would hold a neg 59.5mm ?

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    Out of curiosity, what type of film is it? I can measure my Hewes reel when I get home, but I've never had a prob with it.

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    Hi Kerne - its Kodak Aerochrome, loaded from bulk.

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    Are you getting it from one of the sources that cuts it to 120?

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    Hi Eddie,

    Yes the roll was cut from bulk.

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    It sounds like it was cut just a bit too narrow.

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