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    Run-of-the-mill stainless steel reels aren't necessarily better than plastic, but Hewes steel reels (marketed in the U.S. as King Concept) are vastly better. I used plastic for years until I tried these, and there is no going back. Loading them is foolproof, and they're easy to spool and unspool for a quick look before the wash. You can reuse them faster, because they don't need to be bone dry before you load the next film.

    I also appreciate that steel tanks use less chemistry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karencs View Post
    OK, thx. One more question--if there's nothing to hold the reels together (as in my plastic tank), do i just gently 'drop' each one in and when done invert the tank to get them out? I'm planning to buy a 4-roll tank.


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    The 4 roll tank should have a lifting rod included. The small tanks drop or invert, as you stated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade D View Post
    Yes, the plastic reels MUST be dry before attempting to load film.

    Yes. Which is why, I'm sure, the handheld hair dryer was invented.

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    Great, thx everyone.

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    One extra bonus of plastic reels (at least Paterson type) - they are adjustable for 135, 127, and 120 film. So 1 reel can take the place of 3 steels (and good luck finding any 127 steel reals these days). Never thought I would need the option, but low and behold along came a Yashica 44LM. You may think you'll never change formats now, but don't bet your equipment on it!

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