Grr...how do you open these damn things?

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  1. redneckdan

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    I'm trying to figure out how to open the film spools in order to re load them. I have a practice spool that I'm working with right now, a roll of 100sp that I accidently shot at 1600. How do I get them to open up? Thanks.
     
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    35mm?

    If it's the re-loadable cassettes you just twist the top! :lol:
     
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    JonK I want MORE!!

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    the snap on ones...you have to bang the spool end on the table top till it pops off and the lid gets hopelessly lost in the dark :lol:
     
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    Spend the money to get hold of some plastic reloadable cassettes. Your problem will disappear. The end comes free with a partial turn. It re-locks the same way.

    And yes, I use them myself.
     
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    Are you talking about the 35mm cassettes or the plastic spools that you use to load the film in order to process it?

    If it's a 35mm cassette, just use a can opener.

    If it's one of those plastic spools, you twist both halves in opposite directions until it comes apart.
     
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    If its not the reloadable ones (and 35mm) try a bottel opener on the flat side of the spool also... (becarefull doing this) sometimes you can smack it on a table so you push the plastic tube (that sticks out of one side of the roll) and the bottom will pop off... maybe wait till the bottle opener almost has it... but ive successfully popped them open with the use of a tabel and not bottle opener...
     
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    We just use a old bottle/can opener. You really have to pry around and fight with it, but with some work it will come off.
     
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    I know that this is stating the absolutely stupidly obvious, but I don't think anyone has mentioned that you need to do this in the dark! Watch your fingers if you're using a tin opener! :mrgreen:

    Rob
     
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    Nothing more sickening than seeing the bare film & then realising this! :lol:

    I removed the "wrong" lid of a developing tank to pour in the developer and in that split second thought "you're not supposed to see the film & spiral....." :lol: Too late..................:er:
     
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    I almost fired my first roll of film. I had just finished the develper stage and was pouring the chemicals out when all the guts of the container fell into the sink. I grabed everything and shoved it back in the container and finished develping my film just hopeing that every thing would come out alright. I got lucky cause every thing did.
     
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    Dang... I wish I had Magic Film... where do you buy that at "greasemonkey"???
    same place you buy "focusing spray" for your out of focus pictures? jk...lol...
     
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    Wall Mart actually, but the lightning-fast reflexes help.
     

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