Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks

Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks

Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks

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Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks

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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Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.9 x 3.8 x 1.8"
Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 56.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality, be sure to seal the lid! 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.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK for 35mm, but not 120mm 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...
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great dev tank to a total noob I wanted to get into developing my own b/w film mainly because lab developing costs are so high. After doing lot of googling and watching a lot of how to vids I decided on the Paterson for the ease of loading film. The stainless steel dev tanks have the advantage of using slightly less chemicals (and looking great! lol) but the making sure those stainless reels are loaded looked really finicky to me. The Patterson reel system has really helped me get film loaded and even horribly floppy 120 roll film is only marginally frustrating with this system. ;) The only possible nitpick I'd have of this product and the reason I took a star off is the lid. It is a bit of a pain to put on and can be a little leaky if not in juuust right. Overall, a stellar product that does what is says and does it well. So far I've put about 5 rolls of 35mm and another 3 of 120 and I've been happy with the consistent results.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use with a bit of muscle 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.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Try this reel before you buy any others! I struggled with other reels, especially when working with many rolls of film one after another. These reels rock! Fast and easy to load, even when wet. They are easy to keep clean, and the film slides into the loading notch flawlessly every time.
Date published: 2008-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from exactly as advertised 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.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, will buy more 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.
Date published: 2013-03-06
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