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    Steel Reels vs Plastic Reels

    Hey guys, I was wondering what you all use. Steel or Plastic?
    I'm kinda sick of my steel reels and have been using plastic reels recently, loads so easy!

    (BTW - Might trade the steel reels for some film, pm me if interested)
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    The only time that I have ruined a roll of film was when using a plastic reel. I have been using SS for 40 years without a problem. Won't use anything else!
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.A.Longmore View Post
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    Sorry, not trying to be sexist... Ill rephrase. Hello fellow apugers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcarlsonmedia View Post
    Sorry, not trying to be sexist... Ill rephrase. Hello fellow apugers
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    Oh mabe this is a guys vs girls, steel vs plastic thing.

    I have achieved a few more reels in my day but I still have the first SS ones I got back when I was 17 years old. I did learn on an unusual device a crinkeled long plastic ribbon thing you would roll up into a coil with the film inside the role as you coiled it up. Might have been a Kodak product, my father had it, a Kodacraft tank?

    Anyway, Keep the SS reels. That is my vote.

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    I use both. More often plastic but that's because I have only one reel and canister available for SS. The ones with the clips in the middle are garbage (IMHO) ... but the ones with the tines on the sides are great. On a good day, I can load the SS ones in half the time of the plastic (this of course took practice) ... and on a bad day it takes twice as long. It helps to cut your leader squarely.

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    Found it, this is what I first used. Had not thought about this in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daleeman View Post
    I did learn on an unusual device a crinkeled long plastic ribbon thing you would roll up into a coil with the film inside the role as you coiled it up. Might have been a Kodak product, my father had it, a Kodacraft tank?
    Correct! And they came in a bunch of sizes, including for 116/616 film.

    Freestyle was still selling replacement aprons when I last checked. I still use them from time to time.

    But typically I use both Steel Reels and Plastic Reels. The AP (work in Paterson tanks) Plastic Reels work best with 120 for me, while I can use either Plastic or Steel with 35mm film.

    And one gentle point of procedure here - there are dozens (if not hundreds) of pre-existing threads here on APUG on just this subject. It's a great chance to practice with the Google search here on APUG .
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.A.Longmore View Post
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    I Realize That.
    Some things should not be abbreviated.
    Although, I do approve of the usage of FSLR's,and APUG'ers

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    You should check your apostrophe use first. There is no possessive in FSLRs and APUGers.

    Now you may approve them.


    Regarding the original post - both types of reels work fine.

    Plastic ones - have to be bone dry, and if you're in a humid environment you may be out of luck.

    Metal ones - you have to have one for every size film you use. And they have to be straight or they'll be hell on wheels to load. If you get Hewes reels, they will be straight and easy to use.
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