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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowlands View Post
    Great enthusiasm here for Hewes reels, but can I ask what tanks you use with them ? From what I read, Hewes don't make cylindrical, daylight loading tanks.

    Does anybody suggest that processing is better with SS reels, or is it just a film loading issue/ preference ?
    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul VanAudenhove View Post
    Monito - what part of NS are you in? I'm in Northern NS.
    Halifax-Dartmouth.

    [Sorry, had to respond to public post. Paul, PM me if you'd like more chat.]

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    In the ~60 years that I have been developing film, I have used just about every type of film reel ever made for 35mm and 120. This includes the old Kodak reels, the Kodak spiral wound separators, Ansco reels, Nikon reels, Jobo reels .... I could go on. I've also used reels for sheet film and rack and tank. The bottom line is this. If I am careless or inexperienced with a given reel type, I have problems and need to practice. If I have practiced enough, I don't have problems. It is as simple as that.

    I get a new reel and a roll of old film and sit in the light using it over and over until I get it absolutely perfect. Then I shut my eyes and repeat it. Then I turn out the lights and try again. I've worn out dummy rolls and worked for an hour with a new reel.

    The bottom line to me is that all reels are good, as long as you know what you are doing. You know what you are doing by practice.

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    I too have had countless problem with the ball bearings in the Paterson reels jamming the film. Might have to do with the hot and humid weather in Singapore, coupled with working within a warm changing bag. Finally I found the trick to recover the situation is to lay the reel on its side and give it a few knocks on the table to dislodge the ball bearings. Keep doing it until the film starts to go in smoothly, or when either the table or film reel falls apart.

    Having a spare reel in the dark bag helps too. Or if need be, just carefully twist the dark bag and pull your hand out, do some anger management routines first before trying it again. Don't force the film when it gets stuck, for sure it will leave creases that I don't know any other ways of salvaging the frames other than disguising them as having Holga like qualities.

    After experiencing other reels without the ball bearings, I would say that I much prefer those over the Paterson ones.
    Last edited by losheng; 06-20-2011 at 11:03 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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