Hewes 35mm Stainless Steel Developing Reel

Hewes 35mm Stainless Steel Developing Reel

Hewes 35mm Stainless Steel Developing Reel

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  • Durable
  • Easy-to-Load
  • Handy Sprocket Tabs
  • Superbly Engineered

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Hewes HW35 overview

  • 1Description

The Hewes 35mm Stainless Steel Developing Reel takes much of the stress out of darkroom work. It is both easy to load and will take much of the demands of the darkroom. It features an easy loading sprocket system that separates this reel from other similar, less expensive reels. The center spring clip holds your film firmly in place as you wind it on.

UPC: 096727588341
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Hewes HW35 specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.4 x 3.3 x 1.8"

Hewes HW35 reviews

35mm Stainless Steel Developing Reel is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST DEVELOPING REEL EVER! As a person who has tried using a traditional stainless steel reel with a clip, I highly recommend this reel. It is a little more expensive than a normal steel reel, but you will LOVE how easy it is to load! Instead of fumbling with that annoying clip in the dark and not getting anywhere, you can just hold the film out straight and turn the reel until the sprocket holes catch onto the hooks - in less than 2 seconds!!! Then it's just feeding the rest of the film onto the reel like a normal reel and getting to the fun part - actually developing your film!
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to load! Looks like they will last a lifetime Based upon nearly universal recommendations I spent the extra money to buy two of these reels. I have recently returned to developing my own film after 20 years of pure digital. After only a couple of practice runs I was able to load my first roll of film onto one of these reels in a changing bag flawlessly. The design of the 35 mm reels is brilliant with two prongs that catch the and align the film perfectly. Then it is just a matter of turning the reel with one hand while feeding in the film with the other. These appear to be made of heavy duty stainless steel and look indestructible to me. Excellent product!
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I don't often write reviews but I had no choice with this reel. I have always like Stainless Steel reels better than the plastic but lately I have been finding it more difficult to load them. I took a chance on the Hewes because it is significantly more expensive than others. Lesson learned. Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish. The first time I tried the reel, I had it loaded perfectly in less than 20 seconds. Hooking the film onto the tabs is so much easier than fussing with the spring that slides back and forth and won't hold your film. The heavy duty spiral is perfectly aligned so the film just glides on to the reel. It was so good, I purchased another one.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy does it. I wish this Hewes reel was available when I first started working in the darkroom back in the 1980s. The ones we had then had a clip at the hub that made getting a roll of film on a tedious process. With lots of practice the old style reel served until digital came along. Now that I've returned to film photography I hoped I wouldn't have to struggle with that darned reel and with the Hewes reel, I don't. You hold it much like all steel reels. Instead of trying to find a clip to push the lead end under, you simply drag the pinched lead end of the film over the two prongs until it catches - then roll it on. I tried twice in the light with a practice roll, then loaded one in the changing bag. Easy-peasy.
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THERE IS NOT A BETTER REEL OUT THERE When I bought these, I thought to myself how much better could they possibly be? What a stupid question. Honestly, these are the best reels I've ever used. Even as someone who is used to using standard SS reels, these are so much easier to use. They are also have a build quality unrivaled by anything produced today. If you're in the market for new reels, don't even think about buying anything else. If you're an instructor teaching any film course, especially an intro course, these are your best bet. I've taught first-timers with these, and they've achieved perfect results on their first try. Considering that SS uses less chemistry than plastic and plastic reels are impossible to use when wet, harder to clean, and less durable, definitely go with these.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREATEST REEL EVER!!! i teach high school students how to develop their own film and this reel is the best ever for them to roll film without getting any burns!!! love it!!!
Date published: 2010-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for a beginner Very intuitive, with no prior instruction I was able to load my film blindly almost perfectly. A few frames were touching in my first couple of tries - but I learned to check the loading by holding the sides in parallel and feel if the film went on correctly. Loading still takes some time, and for me patience is the key - if I thought the film wasn't loaded well, I'd unwind to the point where I thought the issue was and load it again. I've done over 20 films now and very happy to report that after the first couple of mishaps, my film now gets developed properly all over.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very high quality reel After many years of using Paterson auto load plastic reels, I decided to give this steel reel a try. The reel is robust, polished, and clearly fabricated to a high standard. Unlike other steel reels, this reel has a pair of steel prongs on the hub that you use to hook the sprocket holes of your 35mm film to begin the winding process; this works very well as an anchor. Unlike the Paterson reel, you load the film by rotating the whole reel as you feed the film, slightly compressed with your fingers, onto the reel. It's a little trickier to master at first than loading the plastic reel, but rapidly becomes effortless. And unlike plastic reels, this Hewes reel does not accumulate stain from your developing solutions or become sticky during loading. A very satisfactory solution for 35mm developing.
Date published: 2017-05-09
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