I was thinking this exact same thing as I was doing it. Then I realised that I'm not playing a violin. I may be a new user, but I still think the fact that it requires skill or practice should make you stop and think. Taking the picture should require skill and practice, loading a reel should be loading a reel.
Originally Posted by Monito
Defend paterson if you want, but from an engineering point of view, the fact it takes practice says it's a bad design. (Gee... Can you tell I'm getting frustrated?)
Postalman, when I failed my second attempt to load my reel I felt really frustrated and I considered buying some Hewes reels. Now that I know where my mistake was, I load reels with the greatest ease. I'm sure there is some mistake in your "tecnique". It is very likely, although not impossible, that another make of reels will not cure your problem.
As many persons find these reels easy to use, it must be easy. You just have to find where is your mistake, or mistakes, with the help of this forum.
If you can, I suggest you have somebody take a film of you while completing the operation in daylight, and linking the video here. That might reveal where the mistake is.
My personal mistake was a wrong way to cut and chamfer the leader. Doing it properly made a world of difference to me, and gave me a lesson, that if it is easy for everybody else, it must be easy for me as well. I've got two hands and ten fingers just like everybody else in fact.
Now that I do it without problem I don't plan any more to buy Hewes reels as I cannot see how can they ever be simpler to load than my Jobo ones.
Sounds a bit like riding a bicycle, doesn't it?
Originally Posted by postalman
I understand where you are coming from, but I think part of the problem is that loading reels is one of those things that are really hard to learn from materials on the internet or in writing. What really helps is to have someone observe how you practice, and give suggestions.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Hewes reels work just fine in everyone else's stainless tanks, I guess there was no reason for Hewes to make their own. There's one caveat though: the 35mm reels are a tiny bit taller than the standard ones, due to the thicker diameter wire used. They fit just fine in a single reel tank, but if you use multi-reel tanks you could run in to problems, depending on the exact tank. Nikor tanks, for instance, seem to be pretty much all made on the fly, not to an exact spec. You might get a Nikor 2- or 4-reel tank into which you can fit 2 or 4 Hewes reels, but more likely you won't quite be able to get the lid on with that last reel in there. It also depends on which lid style it is, because one hangs down more inside than the other. You just have to try it with your specific tank, or with a tank you're considering purchasing.
Originally Posted by Gary Rowlands
It is like riding a bicycle. I just developed four rolls of 35 mm film last night on Paterson reels. It was the first time developing in over 20 years. Went very smoothly. Just pulled the film into the first guides on the reels and then click-click-click rotating the reel half back and forth and it was loaded. It did come off the first spiral on one reel and I could have easily just loaded from the beginning again, but I warped it onto the grooves as if it was a stainless steel reel and then click-click to load the rest of it. No voids or unfixed dead zones, no creases, no sweat even in humid Nova Scotia.
To the OP: Just practice with a length of film in the light. Very quickly it will become second nature and you'll wonder what the fuss was about.
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Monito - what part of NS are you in? I'm in Northern NS.
I like high quality reels like those by Hewes and Nikkor. The center clip doesn't matter to me. I can do without it. But I like the thickness of the wire used, and the smoothness of rolling that I get with them. Hewes reels are thicker and smoother than Nikkor ones, but they are often sold for more money, even on the used market.
"Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."
- Rob Tyner (1944 - 1991)
The trick to getting Hewes reels cheap on eBay is to find ones that aren't sold as Hewes, but are in fact Hewes. Maybe a couple of Hewes in a group of reels. Maybe a Hewes sold as just a generic reel with a mangy tank. Maybe a Hewes reel in a Jobo box. You have to look carefully and learn to spot them visually rather than depending on the seller to list them properly (and then everyone in the world bids on them!)
(I'm only letting everyone know this secret because I ended up with as many Hewes reels as I'll ever need this way, for a fraction of their normal cost!)
For the relatively small cost when amortized over the number of films developed I would rather buy new than get something from eBay which may have been dropped or for some other reason be out of alignment. If the two coils are not perfectly parallel one will have great difficulty loading film => this is not worth the small savings one might make. Of course almost everything is over priced on eBay because everything is "rare" and "hard to find". And yes, there are times I buy some things on eBay. I picked up a 20mm to 35mm chrome metal Nikon AF lens and Hasselblad extension tubes but those was perfect for a song, but even for me that is extremely unusual or dare if say "rare"?
Originally Posted by frobozz
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Originally Posted by Paul VanAudenhove
[Sorry, had to respond to public post. Paul, PM me if you'd like more chat.]