Kaiser 35mm Film retriever

Kaiser 35mm Film retriever

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.

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

Kaiser 204132 reviews

35mm Film retriever is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works good if I use it Not following directions With the slide retracted, insert the tongue completely, with the bent part of the slide in the film cartridge. Then turn the spool until you hear the click Now unwind the spool to get some tension (this is that 4 turns in the instructions). Now you have some tension and now I push the slide all the way in. Unwind the spool a bit to keep tension, now pull out the retriever. In the instructions I received the steps are below (didnt work as well/often) as the modified steps outlined above: Insert tongue. Wind spool until click. Insert slide Unwind spool about 4 to 5 turns to get tension. Retract retriever.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works flawlessly. 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.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great. What's all the fuss about? I don't know why other reviewers said they have such a hard time with this. I never used a film retriever before, and after reading the directions it took me two times (about 30 seconds) on my first attempt at retrieving a retracted leader. Now, every single time I hit it on the first shot. 15 seconds, done. I don't get what all the fuss is about. Minus one star for the mediocre build quality. The plastic construction is just okay. It will be fine for occasional use, but not a tool I would depend on every day. However, this most likely isn't a tool that would need for every day use anyways.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from An abomination 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 + $.
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great!!! Don't believe the bad reviews. The film retriever works just fine. Maybe it's because this is my first one, with no prior experience with more expensive ones. I skipped the directions and watched a you tube video. The trick that most people might be missing, is that you need to slightly twist the roll "clockwise," after hearing the counterclockwise click. Btw, mine came as a plastic unit, rather than the seemingly metal one shown in the picture.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product! 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.
Date published: 2008-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would definetely use this product again. I have been doing black and white film photography for the past 10-15 years and have recently used the Agfa Rondimax for film development. Since it is essential to have the tail end of the film strip to hook to the film roller, this product came out very handy since it provides a very reliable film retrieval for development in the dark room. It is superior to a lot of other techniques I have utilized for the same purpose.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much more handy than a can-opener... This film retriever is very handy for such a cheap cost. You don't have to destroy the cassette or film in order to get it out which is helpful for when you accidentally roll the leader all the way in before exposures, or if you want to store the unused film that way for safety. It's very reliable, it takes a couple tries to learn, but once you know it, it's second nature. A must have for any darkroom.
Date published: 2018-08-22
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