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    Quick method to extract 35mm film leader

    Not exactly darkroom equipment...

    but I need to extract the film leader out of a film can and a retreiver is not really available. I have asked to a local lab for help but here everything is digital and the person behind the counter seems to want to "protect" me from my silly idea.

    Do anyone know of a way to make a simple file leader retreiver, I only need to do one film..

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    The quickest way would be to 1. Stop winding manually when you feel it come loose from the take p and 2. Consult manual for auto cameras, most have a setting to leave the leader out on rewind.
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    In ye oldene dayz we would use the same approach as with a leader retriever; but we would take a fresh roll of film, wet the the leader on both sides by sticking it in the mouth, then push it in. Turning the problem film tight in the cartridge to make contact with the wet leader, waiting a coupla seconds, then pulling out. You would be amazed how often it would work, with most films, and with most sources of spit.
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    The licking approach worked! Thanks! You learn something new everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    In ye oldene dayz we would use the same approach as with a leader retriever; but we would take a fresh roll of film, wet the the leader on both sides by sticking it in the mouth, then push it in. Turning the problem film tight in the cartridge to make contact with the wet leader, waiting a coupla seconds, then pulling out. You would be amazed how often it would work, with most films, and with most sources of spit.
    Careful John: In this day and age you'll be getting a visit from the DEC, EPA, FDA - and probably the Anti-Terrorist Squad!!! (Do you know how to assume the position?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobNewYork View Post
    Careful John: In this day and age you'll be getting a visit from the DEC, EPA, FDA - and probably the Anti-Terrorist Squad!!! (Do you know how to assume the position?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    The licking approach worked! Thanks! You learn something new everyday.
    Hi Hamster,
    Sometimes pays to have a dinosaur around, eh what!?
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Jawohl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    In ye oldene dayz we would use the same approach as with a leader retriever; but we would take a fresh roll of film, wet the the leader on both sides by sticking it in the mouth, then push it in. Turning the problem film tight in the cartridge to make contact with the wet leader, waiting a coupla seconds, then pulling out. You would be amazed how often it would work, with most films, and with most sources of spit.
    AnscoJohn and Hamster
    Thank you so much as well - I managed it with some APS neg strip onto the 35mm spool leader and it worked after three goes - so very pleased but will buy a propriety one for the future,

    Well now - New years eve 2010 you have given me something to do on new years day which is test two inherited cameras - my wife's father left me a 35mm Yashica ELECTRO GSN with both Tele and wide lens and in competition will be my dad's Konica AUTO S3 - I take it the former is aperture priority and the latter is shutter priority but both have fairly well regarded lense units - so as a reward for the most useful tip and brilliant question that got me sorted - I shall post the link on here next week on a side by side comparison (but a novice to boot)

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