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Kaiser 35mm Film retriever

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Kaiser 35mm Film retriever

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The Kaiser 35mm Film Retriever is for extracting 35mm film leader from cartridges into which the film has been wound. It has a plastic casing with one fixed and one sliding tongue. Easy to use.

Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.716 x 4.252 x 0.945"

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Kaiser35mm Film retriever
 
3.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Photo enthusiast (3)
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5.0

Great product

By Mic

from New York

Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

Once you learn how to use it, you never have to do two attempts. Very well done

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4.0

Works flawlessly.

By Adverbum

from Portugal

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

  • Unclear Instructions

Best Uses

    Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

    I see many reviews stating that this film retriever does not work or that people lost a lot of time and attempts to pull the lead.

    Maybe out of luck, but it took me 2 minutes to retrieve the lead on my first attempt and learn how it actually works every time under 10 seconds. The failed attempts are certainly because the instructions are not completely clear. Doing it the wrong way will certainly scratch your film or damage the retriever.

    There are no special tricks, but here are some tips:

    1. When starting, the 2nd tongue must not be outside. Slide it inside the retriever using the button on the side;

    2. hold the film horizontally, with the flat surface facing down and rewind it (counter-clockwise) a few times;

    3. Insert the retriever with the 2nd tongue facing up - both tongues have to disappear inside the cartridge. Be gentle inserting the 2nd tongue tilting as necessary. The retriever has another plastic, rigid tongue that has to fit perfectly outside the cartridge flat surface; In layers, you will have the retriever rigid tongue, the cartridge film exit flat against the rigid tongue with the 1st and 2nd tongues inside the cartridge.

    4. Rewind the film slowly (counter-clockwise) until you hear a distinctive click - the film passes over the 2nd tongue and splats against the 1st tongue - immediately stop;

    5. Slowly push the 2nd tongue inside and you should hear clicks from its hooks passing over the film. If you do not hear any of the sort, you are not doing it correctly. Slide the 2nd tongue back and try again to rewind, hear the click, stop at that moment, push the 2nd tongue back in;

    6. Slowly pull the 2nd tongue, next pull the complete retriever and the lead will appear outside the cartridge;

    Note: these steps can be done in 30 seconds or less. If it is taking longer than that, review the instructions above and go slower until you succeed. After that, it will take you 10 seconds for any normal cartridge.

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    2.0

    Works if you fiddle with it long enough.

    By Dantesan

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

        I've used other film retrievers that work far better and faster. It takes me about 10-15 tries before actually retrieving leader from the cartridge. Some people other than myself were able to do it in 3-5 tries. The instructions were hard to follow and even a bit misleading.

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        1.0

        An abomination

        By UpsetAtKaiser

        from NY, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • None

        Cons

        • Nonfunctional

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

        Replaced my old Ilford retriever with this item... followed the directions, followed others' directions (online), retrieved one roll kodak, ruined one roll fuji (film broke from spool internally when attempting retrieval for 25 minutes)... on third roll, agfa, ripped notches of retriever's "2nd tongue".
        Not only does it not retrieve, this implement does in fact come apart and is re-assemblable, but the company does not sell replacements for this small "2nd tongue" part that actually grabs film sprockets and is too delicate. Counting this review, Kaiser's wasted much of my time + $.

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        3.0

        Does the job

        By Kim

        from NYC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Inconsistent Results

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

        Good for retrieving film that's accidentally rewinded in the case. I keep this on me all of the time. Kind of hard to use though... takes me at least 5 tries to retrieve film. Then again, maybe it's just me.

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        5.0

        35 mm exelent

        By sebas

        from Babylon NY

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions
        • Easily Cleaned

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Developing

          Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

          Great for the price 100% worthy thank you again B&H

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          4.0

          Good product!

          By Vieri

          from Istanbul, Turkey

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good product

          Cons

          • Not alwaysable to make do

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kaiser 35mm Film retriever:

            Very good stuff, not working with 100% of my films though - I couldn't retrieve the leader from a few cartridges no matter how long I tried. Overall I am very happy anyway, makes the darkroom chores easier.

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