Bulk film

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by Mitica100, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How many of you film-hardcore guys and gals still bulk load your 35mm cartridges? I discovered a Watson loader and lots of older and reloadable cartridges and bought some 100' of Ilford BW film (ASA 50) and decided to do it again.
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I keep wanting too, but I don't shoot too much and just keep buying roll film.

    Once I get the darkroom set up I will definitely get ahold of a loader and roll my own.

    How much do you save exactly per roll of 24?
     
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    Roll my own B&W especially for astro stuff where I can make rolls of just 10 exposures. This way I can process the film at the end of the night rather than waiting for another night to use the remaining shots.

    For B&W I think it's about a third (maybe a quarter) of the cost of buying roll film.
     
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    getting a bulk loader was one of the best things I bought! It was costing me around $4 a roll for tmax and the bulk stuff is way cheaper. I saw some tmax in bulk on BH for around 30 for the roll. You cant beat that price! Not to mention, you can roll whatever exposures you want.
     
  5. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can come close to paying out the loader, cassettes and containers with the first 100' roll. Also, there's is no difference [US buyers] between the grey market and US Kodak film. I have 3 Watsons: Pan-F, Plus-X and Tri-X.

    If you want to do your own calculations, you can get about 21 rolls of 24 exp/100'.
     
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    A guy at a photography store told me not to waste my time when I asked. He said for the hassle and the possiblity for screwing it up it's safer to spend a little more and buy them already rolled so you know it's good.

    Now I guess it was just a hunk of bull to keep from losing business. Now I gotta look into that.
     
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    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Since I have a tabletop dark box (homemade of course) I bought a fifty foot roll of asa 50. I cut myself a string to give me whatever size film I want then just roll it up in the box. I like that better than a bulk loader but thats just me.

    Unfortuantely I only shot one role of it in the last six months. I really do very very little 35mm. I bought like fifty cassettes since you cant buy just five. Thats the only down side to me. I have so much junk laying about.
     
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    I now shoot digital, but for over 30 years I loaded all manner of bulk film and must have saved a fortune doing so. Once you get the hang of it, and you do it slowly & carefully, you won't have a problem.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I've been rolling my own BW for long time. My bulk loader of choice is Lloyd's. I keep 4 of them loaded with Arista Pro 50, 125, 400, and Tri-X 400.

    I have over 1000' of ISO 50, 125, and 400 in my darkroom fridge. When Ilford had their troubles, and Arista Pro film (repackaged Ilford for 1/2 price) was discontinued I bought up all I could afford. These days it's mostly just going through my Widelux so it should last me a while.
     
  10. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    "Quick, Watson! The game's afoot." [S. Holmes, bulk-loader?]
     
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    The most risky part is loading the film into the loader. To accidently expose 30m of film would be slightly annoying! :shock:

    Once loaded though the process is relatively fool proof, quick & easy.
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nice Vega image. Now down, down some more, more yet, and a bit to the left - - Ahhhh. There's the Smoke Ring!
     

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