Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] plastic or metal tank
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 1998 16:20:43 -0700

Just to confuse the issue, I'll recommend plastic reels. I have been using
some for many years without a problem. I have never ruinged any film using
plastic reels, but I have seen many people wreck their film by mis loading
it on stainless reels. Actually, both wrok well, but plastic seems more
Joe Stephenson
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Date: Saturday, September 05, 1998 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] plastic or metal tank

>In a message dated 9/5/98 3:58:37 PM, you wrote:
><< A very basic question:  I am getting
>conflicting advice on metal vs. plastic tanks and reels.  Any
>preferences on the LUG?  I will start with a one roll tank.>>
> I strongly recommend stainless steel reels.  I use Hewes reels from
>They are heavier gauge wire than most reels and appear to be
>think they'll outlive me.  They are easy to load because they have 2 prongs
>that catch on the perforations of the film and hold it in position while
>loaded.  I would also suggest at least a 2 reel tank.  A 1 reel tank does
>hold much solution and I would worry about not having enough developer to
>properly.  A 1 reel tank is also very frustrating when you have several
>of film to process.  My tanks are old and I don't know what's on the market
>now.  I have both PVC and stainless steel and they  work equally well.  I
>thought the PVC might be flimsy, but that hasn't been the case-it's now
>20 years old.  Xtol is a good choice-I like it a lot.  I hope this helps.
> Richard Wasserman