Quote Originally Posted by Trask View Post
Heaven save us from ratcheting plastic reels -- the only thing worse are old "apron" tanks that wind up leaving rub marks on the negatives. I suggest you stick with solid reels, as apparently you've begun to do. Sacrifice an old unused roll of film and practice loading until you can do it quickly and without error -- give you hands something to do while you're watching the tube!
I must say I disagree strongly with the above, in fact heaven save us from SS reels, the only problems I have ever had, and the only films I have ever ruined with loading problems, are with SS reels, I very quickly gave up on them and went back to my lovely Patterson reels, the trick with them is very simple, just run a pencil around the groves of any plastic reels and the film slips in ,