This is one of the reasons I went with stainless too.. I had just seen the best negs ever, with half moon creases, missing emulsion that had been scraped off only to be redeposited elsewhere on the emulsion. I smashed the reel to bits.
I don't use a changing bag, I use a dark closet or darkened room. Much easier.
Get the Hewes reels. Find a nice used Kindermann tank.. You will more than likely be happier.
I had 15 generic 120 reels, sold them all to buy two Hewes reels and I never looked back.
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The problem I see with most changing bags built-up static, sweating palms, crispy in the cold winter is to do with the material. Market available product most are made of Nylon. And this what causes problem.
A few years ago I found this nice old changing bag that made of traditional Cotton with anti-static treatment. I found it worked a treat. I recommend and help a few members in my photography club acquired some. Words by moth and the demand was good. I started selling them on the ebay.
You can see other user's comment by google Roger_Luo changing bag or visit my eBay. I've also listed it in the classified (http://www.apug.org/classifieds/show...p?product=5487).
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I sell anti-static, breathable cotton changing bag on ebay
It is the moisture that causes all the problems. Calming down and cooler weather helps. Loading one roll at a time helps. If it is hot and you have to use a changing bag you must deal with the moisture.
I've used silica gel which absorbs humidity (the usual desiccator bags you find everywhere). It makes a huge difference in the summer. Film won't get sticky because of the humidity when the air is dry. However, you might still have sweaty hands and you should avoid toughing the film as much as possible.
I use plastic reels.
For 35mm, I pre-load the leader into the reel so it catches on the ball bearings before going in to the bag. That way all I have to do is wind then put in tank.
You may need a film retreiver to get the end of the film from the 35mm cassette first
For 120, I cut a piece of card the same width as the 120 film from the film box and feed this into the reel first, don't feed it all the past the ball bearings. Now in the dark I slide the end of my 120 film along this card until it feeds in enough to start winding.
If you get a steel reel and take the time to learn loading it you'll be happier. They are more dependable than plastic. At first they can be a pain to use but when you get used to them, they are a breeze.
One little tidbit that seems to help me is that right before I go into the bag I wash my hands thoroughly with *cold* water, then dry them completely. Wait a couple minutes to get that extra bit of moisture to dry out and then go for it. It seems to buy a few minutes in the bag before things get sticky and of course clean hands on negatives is always good! I'm an advocate of stainless reels, fwiw. Good luck!
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