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    Cut a piece of card the same width as the film.
    In the light, pre-load this piece of card in to the reel a little ways.
    Then in the dark, slide the film along the piece of card until it is in the reel good then remove the card and load as normal.

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    25% success rate

    good thing it was only a test roll

    just got done hanging the first 12x roll to dry, only 3 good frames

    switching to plastic for the remaining rolls
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    When I've had trouble loading one, it is usually something I feel is important and it ends up with a half moon mark or two on whatever the most important frame happens to be. At least that is the way it is when I take myself to serious. Bill Barber

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    The trick to loading 120 into plastic reels is to use stainless steel reels instead. Works every time.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Ahhh ... grasshopper, you have seen the dark side.

    Steve
    And the dark-side is a heck of a lot easier.

    The trick to any of this is to junk all of the gimmicky/over-complex plastic reel nonsense and stick to stainless reels and tanks for everything. :-)

    Simplicity wins almost every time.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    I agree. S/S is the way to go with 120. On the other hand, my loading of 35mm on stainless absolutely sucks. I might checl out some plastic for 35mm if it is as much easier than S/S as I have read.
    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    I agree. S/S is the way to go with 120. On the other hand, my loading of 35mm on stainless absolutely sucks. I might checl out some plastic for 35mm if it is as much easier than S/S as I have read.
    I find loading of 135 on SS to be twice as easy than 120/220.

    Then again, I don't use cheap knockoff reels. Hewes only. Loading 35mm becomes a motor function.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkroom317 View Post
    I have been trying for the past 30 minutes trying to load 120 film on to Jobo plastic adjustable reels with no success. Any ideas? These reels are horrible.
    I'll take them if you don't want them

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    I find loading of 135 on SS to be twice as easy than 120/220.

    Then again, I don't use cheap knockoff reels. Hewes only. Loading 35mm becomes a motor function.
    ****
    The key for faultless loading of 120 on SS is not attaching the film to the center clip. Just hold it against the core for the first 1/3 turn or so until friction holds it in the tracks.. No cross loading, no problems. For 35, I have Hewes, Taiwanese, Japanese, they all seem to work fine. The Japanese reels are old--I bought them from Spiratone in the 1960s.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Just developed another roll, no problems.
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