Don't use 1/2 inch masking tape, 1 inch will give you twice the amount of grip.
To be more practical: http://www.tesa.com
Tesa Perfect extra power tape: 2,75mX19mm p/n 56341-00019
This tape will work without any problem and mostly you can get it in several hobby shops.
It works on my EOS (auto rewind), manual rewind cameras, no problem.
I've used two methods:
- With conventional bulk-load spools, I've used about 3/4-inch masking tape ("Manco" brand), cut from a 1 1/2-inch wide roll, run around the spool and attached to both sides of the film, as others have described.
- I've also used "pre-owned" film cassettes, acquired from my local 1-hour photo lab. These have a fraction of an inch of color film sticking out of the cartridge. I align my bulk B&W film with that stub of color film and wrap some transparent tape ("Osco" brand) around both so they're held together. I've done the same thing with a few rolls of non-bulk B&W film I've processed myself.
I'm still pretty new to bulk loading, so I don't think I've actually used more than half a dozen or so rolls of either type, but I have yet to run into a problem. This includes using the film with a Ricoh XR-X 3PF with motorized advance, although most of my cameras are manual-wind.
I use the preowned cassete method, and have never had a problem, even with a MD-4 motordrive.
Originally Posted by Bentley Boyd
even worked with an F5 motordrive
Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!
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I prefer masking tape to transparent tape, because it seems easier to manipulate back off the film when I'm unloading without tearing the film (maybe I should just cut the film off beyond the tape, but I don't).
However if you do use masking tape, be sure to use fresh. Old masking tape loses its strength over time, particularly at the edges. (When using masking tape for painting, always use very fresh tape or your masked edges will come out ragged.)
Masking tape is great, if you use a changing bag you can use black crepe tape, it doesn;t leave as gooey a mess.
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Bulk-loading - which tape to attach film to canister spool?
Something I've been meaning to solicit opinions about for a while now;
One of my favourite cameras is a Konica Auto S2 fixed-lens rangefinder from the late '60's. It's a great camera, however, one of the few annoyances with it is its very strong film-advance "pull" - if I get to the end of the roll with a commercial roll of film, it's OK - I stop once I feel some tension. However, with bulk-loaded roll, if I get to the end, I'll frequently pull it right off the spool and not be able to feel any tension.
To date I've just been using 3M "photo tape" to tape the film to the bulk-loaded canister's spool - no particular reason, except its advertised on the package as not harmful to photographs, so I figured by extension it should be alright for film as well (not particularly great logic, I know).
I don't have an issue with this tape on bulk rolls I've used in my other cameras, but as I reach for the Auto S2 more and more I'd like to be able to not have to extract a roll in a changing bag
So, what tape are others using for this, particularly if you need something stickier/tougher?
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I use anything that sticks. Masking tape usually, but I have used black pvc electrician's tape on occasion.
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I think the accepted thing is masking tape.