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    Why doesn't medium format film come in canisters like 35mm?

    It seems like 120 film just as much as 35mm film should have canisters to protect it. I'm just not comfortable licking the tag end on medium format film, and dropping the bare roll in my pocket or camera bag. It seems like they need a canister to keep out bright light, dust, and so on. What if you drop one in the mud or the adhesive strip comes loose and your film insta-unwinds? I never understood why medium format doesn't come in canisters. What do you think?
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    adox 120 film comes in a canister
    http://adox.de/ADOX_Filme/ADOX_Filme.html

    i'm not sure if american retailers sell it in the canister or
    if you have to buy it directly from the source ...

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    Film companies have been using this method for decades without problems. They see no reason to add to their R&D and manufacturing costs regardless how logical the proposed change seems to be. To my knowledge, there is no body of research that indicates a need for change. Without the need and research to back it up, why raise a hew and cry that could help kill the remaining film industry?
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    In the past I bought 6 or 8 reusable plastic cannisters for 120, and have happily used them since.

    I'd be happy if 35mm was optionally available cheaper without the cannisters, because I have enough to last me for the rest of my life.
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    Hmmmm....but I can't find the rewind button on either one of my MF cameras. And I'd rather take the proper care with my exposed film than pay the extra cost for a 35mm type canister on every roll. If you're nervous about the glue tab failing, carry some rubber bands.

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    35mm film used to have snap-on cartridge ends (like some metal bulk film cartridges have). They were vulnerable to popping off during rough handling. The metal (and later plastic) canister protected the film from having the ends pop off.

    Rollfilm, since it was tightly wound on a spool, did not have this issue and so did not need this special treatment.

    Now that 35rmm film has rigidly-attached cartridge ends, it probably doesn't need the canisters, but they continue to be used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_ON View Post
    Hmmmm....but I can't find the rewind button on either one of my MF cameras.
    Can I get a "do over" button that reuses the frame in a better way?
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    Seconding Steve on this one. Classic case of it wasn't broke and they didn't fix it either.
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    Didn't medium format film once come in a metal canister, in the era when 35mm film came in a metal screw-top canister? I don't know that 120 canisters were used in my own memory, but I believe I've seen them at camera shows or such like.

    In any case, I think they're a good idea, and I save my plastic Adox canisters for other films.
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    I made some MF canisters out of two 35mm ones and some gaffer tape. My camera bag is soft the the film is much better protected in my homemade canisters.
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