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Subject: [Leica] casette question
From: wharting at (bill harting)
Date: Sun Jul 4 07:31:02 2004
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It looks like a Leica cassette. See Tom Abrahamsson posting of the other

(quoted from Tom Abrahamsson):
I bulkload odd films like movie-tock (Super XX, Agfapan 250 and Tech-Pan).
Rather than use a bulk loader I go into the darkroom and just unwind the
out of the can, extend my arms fully and chop of the film. This gives me
37-38 exposures per strip - roughly 67-68 inches of film. I use the Leica
IXMOO cassettes - all metal and the lock on the regular baseplate (older
will open the cassette and there is no problem with scratches as the opening
big enough (8mm) to let the film clear the edges. You do need to cut a sharp
V-shaped end for the spool on these - after a while you get the hang of it
there is less bleeding from fingertips "Oh, that was not the film, that was
finger!". The old Leica template, ABLOON, had a nice "shaper" for that and I
simply made my own from a piece of brass plate.
 For general films like TX and ACROS I use pre-loaded stock. Quicker and
easier and the IXMOO cassettes are difficult to explain to Airport Security
Guards. It has three different components, an outside shell, an inside shell
and a
center spool - all are made from metal and the weight is noticeable and on
X-ray it looks quite suspicious. It is a very complex piece, springs and
catches galore and you better get some reject film to try with first.
 The movie-stock is interesting - at the moment I am shooting Super XX and
rating it at 250. Great film - not as fine grained as Tri-X but with an
mid tone, virtually no "shoulder"  tons of details in the highlight areas.
you treat it like Tri-X and cut the time by 10-15% (D76 1:1 at 8,5 minutes)
you are in the ballpark. I still have a 100 ft roll of Panatomic-X in my
freezer that I will use up this summer. I might need to add some Kodak
tablets to the developer, but even after 20+ years it should give me good
negatives. You can usually find the Leica cassettes at swap-meet for
prices, but beware, the only ones that work on the M's are the ones with the
"knobs" on them. The ones with black paint knobs work on screw-mount bodies,
but not on the M's  as they are 2mm taller. The IXMOO (chrome knob) will
on both screw and M-mounts. Movie-stock comes in 400ft cans and I usually
about 75-79 rolls out of one can and I keep 80 of these cassettes around for
that. A couple of hours work to load them all and then you can shoot to your
hearts content. They are heavy though and ? dozen in your pocket makes you
noticeably! They are absolutely light tight and never a scratch. They are
great for short pieces of film - testing a developer or a lens.
Tom A
Tom Abrahamsson
Vancouver, BC
Leica Users Group.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "animal" <>
To: "Leica Users Group" <>
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 9:29 AM
Subject: [Leica] casette question

> Hi ,
> Would anyone tell me what this is?
> The serial number is illegible.
> Thanks
> simon jessurun
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> Leica Users Group.
> See for more information

(I use these cassettes, too) bh

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