Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/02/23

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Tricks to loading reels
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 14:54:26 -0800
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The ONLY film I have EVER double exposed was film, on which, I left the
leader out.

Sometimes I remove a roll from the camera mid roll and mark the leader with
the frame number so I can reload it and continue later. I even double
exposed one of those because I forgot to look at the underside of the leader.


When I need to remove a roll before it is finished... I do. I wind it all
the way in. I process it. It is not economical to try and save a half roll.
Even 9/10 of a roll. When loading your camera in a hurried situation, you
can indeed load the wrong roll.

Wind those leaders in. Use a can opener to open the cassette. Don't pass
the film through the felt(?) more than necessary. Dirty felt makes scratchy



>Austin Franklin wrote:
>> > The trick to the Jobo reels is in cutting the end of the film...  you want
>> > a straight cut and then trim off the two corners at 45 degree angles about
>> > 1/8" in from the side.... hopefully catch the right spot where
>> > you don't end
>> > up going through an actual sprocket hole.
>> That's why I have started leaving my leaders out, and it makes the trimming
>> job so much easier to miss the sprocket holes.

At 11:30 AM 2/23/01 -0800, Mark Rabiner wrote:

>I pop then open with a can opener. Why?
>One more trip through the felt which has been in my pocket so there could be
>grit in it.
>A chance for mistake. Running the same roll through twice.
>I made that mistake. Two VERY important rolls both superimposed over the 
>same film.
>Nudes of my prettiest college girlfriend who had broken up with me...
>superimposed over the Dean sitting behind his desk.

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