How to roll a Black and White 36 ex. roll of film

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  1. jakes#onedodgeangel07

    jakes#onedodgeangel07 TPF Noob!

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    Hi, my name's Lydia and I was wondering if you knew how to roll a 36 ex. film (35mm) on a plastic reel??? I have rolled 24 ex. but never 36. I'm not sure if the 36 ex. will fit on my reel! But I don't want to go w/ the steel reels for fear I'd burn my film....
     
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    Should work fine, just a few more clicks. Make sure the reel is completely dry or it will stick midway.
     
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    I throw my reels in the oven on warm for about 5minutes. Never had a 36 exp. stick since I started doing this, used to happen all the time. Even when the reels had been sitting for a couple days. Now my turn around time between runs in less than 10 minutes.
     
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    Hi Lydia, wow this is first opportunity to reply to anything as I've just joined only minutes ago. saw your question and thought, why not give you some help. I'm in Australia but imagine you would use the same gear as I do, though as I'm now completely digital haven't rolled a film for quite a while.
    Using Patterson plastic reels are somewhat difficult to load a 36 exp, but the others answers you've received are applicable. I always used stainless steel reels, loaded from the middle of the reel. A little difficult if you've never done it before, but with experience the best way to go and much faster [leave the sticky bit on the end of the film and that can then be stuck on the back when you come to the end of the roll] I have over many years loaded probably thousands of rolls this way. Trust this helps. regards, Philip.
     
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    One thing to do is waste a roll of film and practice in the day light. Then once you get a good system going. Make sure you can do the whole thing with your eyes closed. I have always rolled 36 shot film on to the plastic rolls and have never really had a bad time. I did learn to hold my fingers around the reel to help keep the film from snagging on its way around the reel. I also round the corners with scissors for the film leading edge. I would think since you have experience with 24. 36 will not be a problem.
     
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    What kind of reels? And why do you put them in the oven, or, what stickiness does putting them in the oven remove?
     
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    If the tracks in the spirals are wet (or even damp) the emulsion on the undeveloped film will stick to the reel & jam whilst loading.

    I sit mine on top of a radiator to warm/dry them before use.
     
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    what you need to be carreful for, is not turning the reel sides too far, otherwise the sides will open and you'll have a nerve attack in your darkroom.
     
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    I beleive my reels are pattersons. Plastic. I put them in the oven to remove any moisture on the reels. My last run of developing was in the winter, my apartment has boiler heat, humidity is always near 85%.
     
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    Pattersons are horrible. They always jam on me.

    Once you learn how to wind the steel ones, you never go back.
     
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    Patersons work well for me. We use them at school and I rarely have problems with them. Once you get the hang of loading them, it's easy. But yeah, you do have to make sure they're dry before you use them.
     
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    I use the Patersons premium model they are the ones with fingers on each side of the reel. They help to stop the film blowing in middle. There are the only one I can load.
     

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