35mm cassette loader

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Tom Pisciotta, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. I'm thinking of buying bulk and loading my own 35mm b&w.

    Any advise on cassette loaders, cassettes?


    Tom Pisciotta, Jul 21, 2003
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    Mike King Guest

    I like the "Watson" and it's imitators, no felt light trap to get dirty and
    a positive click for each frame you wind into the cassette.

    I really liked the re-usable cassettes Ilford used to use and have quite a
    stash but have used and like the Kodak Snap-Caps as well. Most of the Brand
    X cassettes are poorly made and multi-sourced so even if you get a good set
    from Kalt (or whoever) today the next set may be made by another firm and
    leak light.
    Mike King, Jul 22, 2003
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    Ken Hart Guest

    Many here will disagree with me; so be it, but I don't like the idea of re-,
    re-, and re-using the cassettes over and over, because of the possibility of
    getting some sort of "grit" stuck in the felt light trap and scratching the
    length of the film.

    Other than that...
    Ken Hart
    Ken Hart, Jul 24, 2003
  4. Am Mon, 21 Jul 2003 um 16:44 GMT,
    The "Watson" loader is a toy. And the film which is exposed to light
    when you fix it at the spool is quite long, so the last 2, 3 frames will
    be exposed.

    The loader which is made by A-P (http://www.photo-plastic.es/) is a
    proven construction and is build since and for many years. This is the
    only one I can recommend.

    Plastic cassettes are easy to load, metal ones might give a better and
    smoother film transport. BTW, the cassettes with Efke film can easily be

    Alexander Selzer, Jul 24, 2003
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    Paul W. Ross Guest

    I have had problems with the plastic carts not working correctly
    (rewind) in autoloading cameras. The metal ones are a better bet here,
    and espcially if you want the DX feature to work.

    I've never had problems with "grit" in the light seals. I must be
    either lucky or careful in this respect.
    Paul W. Ross, Jul 24, 2003
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    10x Guest

    I have used the Lloyd's bulk loader for years. Simple as a brick and
    just about as reliable.

    As for grit in the light seals. This shows up real quick on the
    negative. It is a reflection of how carefully you handle the
    cartridge. Keep them out of the grit for the sake of your camera.
    Get a long scratch on the negative. Toss the cartridge.
    Zip lock bags go a long way to keeping film cartridge containers
    10x, Jul 25, 2003
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    John Guest

    Seconded. I've used others. Lloyds is still in my darkroom.


    John S. Douglas, Photographer
    John, Jul 25, 2003
  8. Ive been bulk loading for years. Another thing to do is not to rewind film
    compleatly back into cartridge I leave about 1 inch hanging out and tear
    off leader so I know film has been exposed. Read some where that light can
    enter cartridge if film is completely wound in to cartridge.
    John F Boline, Jul 25, 2003
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    Manny Bhuta Guest

    I see that there are two models. A professional model and an amateur model.
    Which is the one that you like? Also where does one buy products made by
    this company? I did not find any info on dealers in USA>

    Manny Bhuta
    Randolph, NJ USA

    Manny Bhuta, Jul 26, 2003
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