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Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks

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Self-loading reel, adjustable for 35mm, 126, 127, 120 or 220 film formats. Wetload capability. Unique ball bearing ratchet system makes reel self-loading. Strong, chemical-resistant, able to withstand high film drying temperatures.

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PatersonAuto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily cleaned (29)
  • Consistent reactions (20)
  • Compact (19)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good price / value (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Developing (36)
  • Photography (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (4), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does its job

I'm satisfied with this reel, but it could be better. The steel bearing balls are not chemically resistant, and the rust can make loading difficult until it has worn in. That said,...Read complete review

I'm satisfied with this reel, but it could be better. The steel bearing balls are not chemically resistant, and the rust can make loading difficult until it has worn in. That said, I use mine often and expect to do so for years.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ball bearings get rusty

I've had this reel as part of my Paterson 4 tank system for about 6 months. At first it worked well, but after about 60 rolls of 120, the ball bearings don't catch...Read complete review

I've had this reel as part of my Paterson 4 tank system for about 6 months. At first it worked well, but after about 60 rolls of 120, the ball bearings don't catch as they are supposed to and appear to be rusting. I always rinse my tank thoroughly with non-hard water after use, and the bearings have caused some damage to my films along the edge. I'll be replacing this reel with something else soon.

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5.0

The Standard

By NMB

from NY, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easily Cleaned

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Developing

    Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

    The reinvented mousetrap. Simple ball bearing ratchet system for loading film. Works like a wonder. Couldnt be happier. Lightweight, adjustable and inexpensive.

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    5.0

    A real reel (it's not clever, but true)

    By Dominic

    from Ohio

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing

      Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

      Easily adjustable to fit 35mm or 120 film. Easy to load, easy to clean. Super all the way around.

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      2.0

      OK for 35mm, but not 120mm

      By Damo

      from Melbourn Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Fiddly
        • No Good For 120 Film

        Best Uses

        • 35mm Film Only

        Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

        How long have paterson been making these things? It is so very disappointing that despite decades to get these pesky reels right, they are only really useful for 35mm film.

        I can spend 20 minutes getting a 120 film onto a reel. It is just too hard. They are fiddly, and the film just never really wants to feed in.

        I gave up and got the Samigon reels which have massive leader things to feed the film in. All my problems were solved. I don't use paterson reels anymore for 120 film...

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        5.0

        Fast and easy

        By Edmond

        from NYC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Reactions

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Developing

          Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

          The Paterson reel makes an otherwise laborious process much easier. I turn to this type of reel always, ever since mixing different brands on a large run of film, over twenty rolls. The Patterson reels were universally the best. One consideration is that they seem to have trouble spooling the film when a little wet, so if one is planning to use the same reels more than once in a processing session, make sure they are very dry before attempting to load them

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          4.0

          exactly as advertised

          By Cole

          from Minneapolis

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Reactions
          • Easily Cleaned

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

            Simple and easy to use, takes 35mm, 120, and 220 film. Perfect in all regards except that the twisting mechanism is backwards when you try to change from one format to another... righty loosey lefty tighty.

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            4.0

            Does its job

            By Sam

            from Washington, D.C.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Good price

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

            I'm satisfied with this reel, but it could be better. The steel bearing balls are not chemically resistant, and the rust can make loading difficult until it has worn in. That said, I use mine often and expect to do so for years.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good product, will buy more

            By Sam

            from Washington, D.C.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Good price

            Cons

            • Not Chemically Resistant

            Best Uses

            • Developing

            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

            This reel works fine, but may stick a bit while it is new. It is NOT fully chemically-resistant. There are two small steel balls that may rust and stick until you've used the reel a few times. Once it's been worn in, it should be reliable for many years. I've attached a picture of the offending component. I hope this flaw was accidental... the factory ordering the wrong product, but it isn't unbearable.

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            4.0

            Good quality, be sure to seal the lid!

            By Rooster

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easily Cleaned

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Developing
            • Photography

            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

            I develop both 120 and 35mm film in this tank. The funnel is really handy for pouring chemicals in, and the whole setup makes agitation (using the supplied agitator) very easy.

            However, the instructions mention only agitating for the first round, then doing inversion for the remainder of the development. I tried this, but I had trouble getting the lid onto the unit. I spilled blix EVERYWHERE. I wound up having to refill it with blix and just use the agitator again. I think I'm going to do that from now on-- inverting a tank full of 1.5 liters of developing solution just seems like a recipe for disaster.

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            4.0

            Harder to load but safer for film

            By Jim the Runner

            from NYC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Developing
                • Photography

                Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                I used to use these decades ago. More recently, I've been using a competitor's design that is similar and comparable with the tanks, but has guide tabs where the film enters the spiral. Those tabs make it easier to load the film onto the spiral but I was getting scratched film and I'm about 98% sure it was the loading tabs doing it, so I switched back to this kind. I had to practice loading in the light, it's less easy, but it's easy enough and scratches are gone.

                These also provide a snugger fit on the center tank spindle. That's good -- the reel doesn't ride up the spindle when you agitate. The ones that do, you have to put all your reels in the tank even if you're only developing one roll so they can't slide or float up above the chemical level. Not that big a deal, but more stuff to clean. Don't have to do that with this reel.

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                5.0

                I recommend this for everyone

                By Nacho Talk

                from Long Beach, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Reactions
                • Easily Cleaned

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Developing

                  Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                  Great product, had no problems putting reel in and works as described.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect all around reel

                  By Hst4mayor

                  from Manchester CT

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Reactions

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                    This reel is really easy to load, loads film smoothly. Works with several different tanks

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                    5.0

                    Easy to use with a bit of muscle

                    By LW

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Consistent Reactions
                    • Easily Cleaned

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                      I've used this product for ages and needed to get another one. It's very sturdy, which is reassuring with something as delicate as film. But my one miff is that no matter how long I've used it, I still need to put my strength into opening the device. Some are easier than other, though, so if you receive one that's particularly difficult (like I have in the past), I would simply exchange it for another one, because chances are that will be easier on your hands.

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                      5.0

                      works perfectly

                      By destroya

                      from san jose, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Reactions
                      • Easily Cleaned

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                          used these in a B&W photo class at my local junior college. worked great there and works great at home. nice loud click lets you know your film is now light secure. cleans up quickly and stores easily. much more user friendly to new film deveopers than the metal ones are.

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                          5.0

                          Simply easy and durable

                          By PaniqAttaq

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Consistent Reactions
                          • Easily Cleaned

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Developing

                            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                            If you've never loaded a reel before then this is the reel you want because it's so easy to load that you'll be using it within 10 minutes. It's also extremely durable and easy to clean.

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                            5.0

                            Good Product

                            By Taryn

                            from NY

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Consistent Reactions
                            • Easily Cleaned

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                                Works like it supposed to. Easy to use.

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                                5.0

                                Fast and easy

                                By Local Photographer

                                from Philly area, PA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

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                                      Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                                      Fastest-loading reel out there; impossible to botch the loading. One reel size adjusts to load all sizes of roll film (making the system very economical for the multi-format photographer). Part of a superior tank system (solutions fill and dump very fast).

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                                      5.0

                                      Exellent

                                      By JVeneer

                                      from Vancouver, BC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                                            Does what it says it will.

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                                            3.0

                                            Ball bearings get rusty

                                            By MiamiMathGirl

                                            from Miami, FL

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Consistent Reactions

                                            Cons

                                            • Poor Construction

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Developing
                                            • Photography

                                            Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                                            I've had this reel as part of my Paterson 4 tank system for about 6 months. At first it worked well, but after about 60 rolls of 120, the ball bearings don't catch as they are supposed to and appear to be rusting. I always rinse my tank thoroughly with non-hard water after use, and the bearings have caused some damage to my films along the edge. I'll be replacing this reel with something else soon.

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                                            • No

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                                            4.0

                                            Budget Reel for 135, 127, and 120 films

                                            By Louie

                                            from Valley Stream, NY

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Developing

                                                Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                                                It fits Jobo and Phototherm automatic film processors as well as other developing drums. It holds 135, 127, and 120 film by adjusting the width. The feel is kind of flimsy when twisting and adjusting it, but it's not going to break unless you use unreasonably excessive force.

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                                                5.0

                                                Easy to use, easy to load

                                                By Vlad

                                                from Stamford, CT

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Easily Cleaned
                                                • Easy to use

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Developing

                                                  Comments about Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks:

                                                  Plastic reel that does everything a reel needs to. Very easy to load and unload, stays together nice and tight (won't come apart easily), film hasn't slipped off the tracks or bunched together once!

                                                  Much easier to use than steel reels, though it needs to be bone dry before loading or else the film will be darn near impossible to get on. Blast it with a hair dryer before using if it isn't completely dry.

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