Difficulty with Forte Film?

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  1. JamesD

    JamesD Between darkrooms

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    Has anyone else had extreme difficulty getting Forte film onto a plastic reel? I just tried loading it, and it took a good half hour, a couple of kinks, and finally reeling from the spool end of the film. It kinked in a couple of places, but it's presently washing, so I haven't had a chance to check out how badly yet. It may also have been fogged--normally the extremely slight light leak around the door of my closet (err... darkroom) isn't bad enough to fog film as long as I get it before dawn, but this took a lot longer than I thought it would and the light leakage was quite pronounced.

    If this stuff is normally this squirrelly, then I don't think I'm going to use it again. I'll stick with TMax and TriX. :banghead:
     
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    I use Forte a great deal and have never had a problem......maybe it was just a fluke.......In fact I quite like Forte, and at less than half the price of Kodak products I shant be going back
     
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    I have this problem too. It is a little thinner than Kodak and Ilford and really tempermental about half way in.
     
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    Yeah, right about halfway, it decided to bind up in the reel and not go further. Winding from the spool end helped, but it still took a lot of coaxing. It almost seemed as though the reel was wet, but I know that it wasn't, because I took it straight out of the box where it'd been for weeks--months actually, since before I had my stuff shipped from AK. Perhaps I'll try another roll; if I get a repeat performance, I'll avoid it in the future.
     
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    I just remembered. Something that helped was that I think a little residue was slowing things down. I ran the reels through my dish washing machine and the film seemed to go through a little easier.
     

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