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    Bent my stainless reel, are the pro reels worth the money?

    Hello,

    I've gone and bent my reel and I'd like to know if the expensive reels are worth it. Tundra pro reels are about $50 and I want to know if you still have the occasional problem with it?

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    Puma

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    I love mine. I didn't spend $50 on them. More like $20. Try Freestyle and search for Hewes.

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    Or Nikor, and of course eBay. I think I got two perfect, boxed Nikor reels for maybe $10.
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    Hewes are very easy to load. The wires are thicker and film "pops" in there quite easily. How badly is your reel bent? I had a few like that and I just bent it back....
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I echo Tim's recommendation for Hewes reels. They are made of heavier gauge steel than most; and with the prongs instead of a spring in the centre to start the film, they are a breeze to load. Expect to spend $15-20 (average) each on eBay (shipping not included).

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    I just buy them on eBay, you can find lots of 10+ reels that go for $20 or so. I have had to throw away one of two reels but I still end up with many good serviceable reels for the cost of a few new reels. I probably have 20 120 reels, 25 135 reels, and 10 tanks of various sizes. I would like do few more double 120 tanks, but I never get around to buying any. I ended up with lots of Nikor's, a few Hewes, and some no names.
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    I don't know this for a fact but rumor has it that the Tundra is a rebranded Hewes reel anyway. Freestyle does indeed have the Hewes for $20, which is about $5 less than B&H. http://www.freestylephoto.biz/140135...mm?cat_id=1603

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    Hewes reels are totally worth it.
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    another vote for hewes

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    Hewes all the way...
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