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    plastic or steel 35mm reels? tank?

    I don't develop film yet but I'm thinking about getting into it. I notice that there are plastic and steel tanks as well as plastic and steel reels. Which is better, the plastic or the steel?

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    Elvis or the Beatles?

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    Stainless steel.

    Now which is better, Canon or Nikon?
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    stainless...

    Kindermann 500 ml tank with 2 Hewes reels

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Stainless steel.

    Now which is better, Canon or Nikon?
    Nikon.

    Hewes.

    All else is pretenders.

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    Stainless uses less chemicals if you are dumping. Just don't drop them.

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    In case you haven't gleaned from the comments above, there's a great deal of personal preference involved.

    By in large, you use the same brand reels and tanks if plastic, SS is more interchangeable. I'm not aware of using plastic reels with SS tanks and or SS reels with plastic tanks.

    Here's my take:
    plastic reels are generally easier to load (a big plus if you're beginning)
    SS reels can be loaded if wet (in case you're developing one roll after another)
    SS tanks generally use slightly less chemical

    Starting out, I'd recommend plastic.

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    There's personal preferences, there's also characteristics of plastic vs steel. Do some online search and you'll find the strengths and weaknesses of each, then decide.

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    Yeah loading plastic reels while they are wet, is a head ache. I actually had someone bring me film that was wet itself (as an art project) and i needed to load it on plastic reels. There is a way to do it, but you will need a 5 gallon bucket. Load it under water, it works, I've done a couple of times.

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    You gotta pick one. So you might as well go with what will work well a year or ten down the line.

    Get s.s.

    Take a roll of exposed film, and practice loading it on in the light. Get good at it. It'll come, don't worry.

    Now do it with your eyes closed, a few times.

    Then wonder what all the fuss was about. 8^)

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