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    Best Bulk Loader?

    Just broke some innerds on my old Watson. It's about 35 years old, and I guess I'll have to replace it as I've got 3 or 4 bulk films in the freezer and have ordered one more.

    I could replace it with another Watson, but I also see the Arista and a few others available. Any thoughts or recommendations?

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    Quick, Watson, I need you. Or, why not go with what you are used to? Some of them have a high learning curve. If you had the plain old Watson I am thinking about (I have one) it is real easy to use if perhaps not as fancy as some.

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    Thanks, snapguy, you're probably right.

    It's actually not terminal . . . it was just the lock lever so I can still use it. But I'll buy another one anyway - keep different films in the different loaders. I'm pretty sure I have one more somewhere but my basement is a disaster.

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    Alden 74, it has nice thick plastic and a good heft to it. I use three of them. I've used a few other brands in the past, they are all pretty similar but I enjoy using the Alden most.

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    I had a bakelite Alden way back when - I liked it, too . . . . They're all similar. But it's been so long ago that I don't remember the subtle differences. I do know the only ones I've had are the Watson and the Alden. I'm sure that Alden is around somewhere in my basement, but movies could be made there.

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    I have tried Watson, Alden, and Lloyd. I like Lloyd best, but there is a risk of scratching the film on the felt light trap if it is not kept clean. Sticky tape can be used to clean the light trap.

    Second place is Alden.

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    I'll find my Alden one day - I know it's down there. A friend who no longer develops just gave me his mint Watson, so it looks like I'm all set to go now. Thanks for your replies.

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    I like the Aldens also, have at least 4 or 5 of them. The bakelite versions are great, super hefty. ;-)

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    lloyd, had one fora longtime
    neverlet me down.

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    I've been using The DAYLIGHT bulk film loader, now branded as LLOYD'S, for many years. I have 3 of them and have always been happy.

    Len

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