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    One of the keys with plastic reels is to ensure they are scrupulously clean, and also dry. And, yes, loading the taped part first can be a big help. My darkroom bud could load three Paterson reels with 120 whilst I was still cursing over the tab in the core of a 120 ss reel.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    So true, John.
    I was lucky enough to pick up umpteen reels rather cheaply (along with several tanks) which allows me to process up to 10 rolls of 35mm in one hit!
    Also means that I have a lot more work to do when they need to be cleaned every 6 months....

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    I shot a roll today and loaded it on the reel. Probably beginner's luck, but it went surprisingly smoothly. The contacts are drying as I write. I make contacts of every roll or sheet I shoot, but with 10 shots on a roll it's going to be a bit of a PITA to continue doing that, since I can only fit 9 shots on an 8 by 10 paper. The negatives turned out pretty good though, so it's a minor PITA. I'm going to love this camera.
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    If you leave the reels in washing soda or caustic sode or bleach over night occassionally they will be pretty clean.

    If you fold over (after tearing off from the backing paper) the pressure sensitive sticky tape at the beginning of the film back on to the film it will make it a little stiffer for loading.

    It is difficult in a changing bag you need a nice cool dark room for 120, that makes it easier.

    Noel

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    Can't say I've ever had any real problems with loading 120 film in Paterson reels as long as they're bone dry. The slightly tricky bit is getting the film started where I find that the best way is to grip the free end of the film between the forefinger and thumb and pull it through until it's past the little ball bearings. Thereafter the thumbs can be used alternately to feed it through while gripping both sides of the reel (easier to do than describe).

    Bill

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