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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Or you can buy Adox film which comes with rather nice plastic cannisters.

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    But whats the fun in that? I make mine in two styles, one opening or with double openings at both ends for even faster access.
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    But if you do buy Adox film be aware that it is not so tightly wound onto the spool as 'mainstream' films are and if you keep it out of the cannister for any time you are likely to get light leakage.

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    My Adox film was wound very tightly. In fact too tightly. I let go of a roll whilst loading it and it un-coiled itself!


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    Adox uses a different base material than most films- polyester, maybe? They say on their web site that the material is more susceptible to light-piping than other base materials. I can't say if this is because there is something about the edge of the film, or because the material is prone to relax in the roll and come unspooled a bit, or some combination. Wherever it comes from, they aren't kidding! I keep it in a can as much as possible, and load/unload in as dark an area as I can find in the field.

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    Good info! I figure if i'd be using casings like that, than just leave the rolls in the foil....I've got some portra I want to burn through and i'll unwrap them today and see what happens when I shoot them later this week.

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    I end up using the Adox cases for all of my 120 film. I leave it in the foil and then place it in the case. If I pick up a case, rattle it, and there is no noise or motion, then it is unexposed. If it rattles, then it is exposed.

    I'll mention another prep I heard about, on here I think. Unwrap the film, and then take an empty spool. Take the tongue of the new film and place it in the slot of the empty spool. Roll it up a couple of times on the empty spool. Rubber band them together. Now in the field you load the 'empty' spool in the camera, pull the loaded spool across/around, and load it up. Saves the search for the slot in the field.

    Not doing weddings or fast-moving shoots, i haven't had the need to try this. And you end up with a pocket of empty reels as the day goes on.

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    The foil wrap protects against any dust, lint, etc. which might be in your bag, from being picked up on the film roll and transferred to the insert or rest of the camera, thence onto subsequent film. A small nylon pouch with drawstring or fanny pack (American meaning) could receive the used wrappers. Or attaching a pocket with a closure or elastic across its top to the outside of your bag could work for that purpose.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    If you use plastic sleeves...

    At the end of the day your pockets will be full of plastic sleeves,
    which take up much more space than squished wrapping,
    and probably can't be thrown away because you paid for them.

    Get bigger pockets. Have extras sewn inside your suit jacket.

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    I don't see a problem, real or imagined, with your plan. The only caution is that if the film has been stored in a freezer, even the fridge, it should be kept in your pocket, wrapper intact, until it has reached ambient temperature to prevent humidity "spotting".
    It can be a challenge to juggle exposed and unexposed rolls in-situ. My plan is to have unexposed rolls in my left pocket and exposed rolls in my right pocket. A tiny Swiss army pocket knife is used to slice open the wrappers quickly — they are a silly thing to fumble with, but necessary of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    If you use plastic sleeves...

    At the end of the day your pockets will be full of plastic sleeves,
    which take up much more space than squished wrapping,
    and probably can't be thrown away because you paid for them.

    Get bigger pockets. Have extras sewn inside your suit jacket.

    - Leigh
    I used to carry 2-3 empty 135 film canisters when I shot 120. I popped the top off and squash several 120 wrappers into each one until full. I never needed more than three.

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