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    Pulling a partial roll

    When I was about 15 years old I used to add sugar to my coffee. One day I decided to try drinking it black and after about two weeks I thought to myself, "Why would I ever want my coffee any way but black?"

    Over the years I've always wondered if I would have the same experience if I started the habit of pulling a partially exposed roll of film from my Leica whenever I have the desire to change film types. By pulling, I mean leaving a leader hanging out so that I can reload the partially exposed roll back in the camera and pick up where I left off (or close to that point).

    So my question is for those that do this on a daily basis, was your experience like my coffee experience, or do you only do it if you absolutely need to?

    Furthermore, for those that do this a lot; what is your technique?

    Denis K

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    Hi Denis,
    I do it quite a bit.Nothing like developing a roll of film in the heat of summer to find frames you took in mid winter.
    On my manual cameras I follow the same technique as you by leaving a bit of the leader out.Remove the roll and put it in a film can.I use painters tape and a "Sharpie" marker to record the date/location/camera/lens/# of exposures then pop it into my freezer.Rewind the film slowly to avoid scratches.
    When I reload the film I make sure to advance the frames 1 or 2 past the last exposure.

    Works great.

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    I second Mike. I even did it in the middle of a wedding a couple of times. Handy when you know the film in your bag will do the job and the film loaded on won't.
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    I have taken a couple of rolls out with the intention of putting them back in but I have never actually got round to using up the rest of the roll.

    I like my coffee with the coffee taken out and some tea added.



    Steve.
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    I do this occasionally. To keep things straight I do the following.

    I mark the film as soon as it's pulled with a sharpie or pencil/pen on tape with GT 14, which means "go to 14" when reloading, which is a couple of frames past the frame count when I pulled the film.

    I also leave the leader out when I finish a roll that I'm going to process myself, so for finished rolls, the leader gets bent "backward" around the metal film canister, emulsion side out, when it goes into the plastic protective canister. For partially finished rolls, the leader is rolled around the outside of the film canister as delivered new.

    Using tape, or marking "GT XX" on the leader itself reduces the chance of mistaking the film for a new roll when reloading.

    Lee

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    Why not just put in the darkslide and swap the backs? I do that all the time with my Hasselblad. It is easy!

    My bad!

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    I don't bother with this anymore. There is too much potential for confusion and error. Just load another camera and shoot with it instead. These days, with the prices of film cameras, there's no impediment to having more than one.

    My equivalent to not adding sugar to the coffee is ensuring I finish a roll in a shooting day. Film is cheap; if I feel like I'm nearly done I just explore some angles and finish off the roll.
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    I would either plan ahead and use shorter rolls or carry a second body, which is what I usually do.
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    I have done it on occasion when I need to change film speeds or go frm B&W to color. I leave a little bit of leader and write on it with a marker the frame # I was on. Then I would leave the lens cap on and advance a frame past that point to avoid a possible double exposure. if I was 5 or less frames from the end I would just use the film up on anything that was around.
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    Occasionally I will cut a film in mid-roll and develop those frames. I'll then trim the leader for the next time.
    "Lo único de lo que el mundo no se cansará nunca es de exageración." Salvador Dalí

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