freeing film from the reels
This is kind of newbie question, but I’m really curious how do you folks take out the 35mm film out of the reels after is all developed and washed? I mean, I do this for years, but when it comes to pulling that film out, I’m always nervous a bit. I have the Paterson film tank, which served me well over the years, always managed to load the film with no problems. But when I have to free the film from the reels, these 3 scenarios usually happen to me:
1. Grab the end and just pull the film out as it unwinds itself. Happens sometimes and I’m happy when it does.
2. Try to pull, but it does not budge. As I hold the end of the film, I turn the reels a couple of turns to free the film from the grooves and then try to pull.
3. If the film is really stubborn and both above-mentioned steps won’t work, I unscrew reels half’s and pull the film out. This always works, but is my least preferred way, because the film twists and turns and touches itself all over the place as is taken out.
Am I doing something wrong? I’d love to hear any tips on this. Maybe it is worth investing in other type of tank and reels?
I've been doing method 3 for as long as I've been developing film, and did not have a problem. I always use photo-flo before hanging the film, and I pull the film out of the reel with a gentle, but swift movement to make sure it does not touch itself too long.
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When I use plastic reels, its method 3 for me. Never done it any other way, never had any problems.
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I prefer method no. 1. No one problem over the last 30 years...
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I use method #3 on my Paterson reels. No problems.
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Interesting question... I am also a newbie and go with option 3 when 1 doesn't work.
Slightly off-topic: I also have Patterson reels. I noticed that Ilford PanF 50 35mm is very though to wind in. It usually takes me 3 attemps to get it all in. Has anybody ever experienced the same?
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I second this!
Originally Posted by t_nunn
I bow the film slightly and then pull it out of the reel as I rotate the reel. This creates less stress on the film. I have trouble getting the halves apart when they are wet, and I don't like pulling the film out by force.
Method 1 for me since 40 years with 35mm and 120 films no problems. Just take care to do it slowly. I have use Paterson in the past, now Jobo reels
I can unpeel the film from the original Paterson reel (with the very small tabs at the film start point) without breaking it down in halves, but the Universal reel I have (which I use more, because it's much easier to start 120 on the larger tabs) makes this impossible because there isn't anything like enough room to pull the film out from between the tabs -- and too much friction on a wet reel to pull it out along the spiral. So, for the Universal reel, I split the reel and lift the film off (usually two rolls, since I load them end to end).
Haven't seen a scratching problem from it...
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