The Hewes 120 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.
- Handy Sprocket Tabs
- Superbly Engineered
Hewes HW120 Overview
Hewes HW120 Specs
|Package Weight||0.335 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||3.4 x 3.35 x 2.8"|
Hewes HW120 Reviews
Love the quality
Not overseas junk. This is the highest quality you can get. Built to last decades.
Easy to load
Easy to load, easier than the Omegas.
So much better than plastic reels
I cannot believe all of the time I wasted using those awful plastic reels. If I ever see one again it will be too soon. The metal reels are fast, they don't need to be bone dry (so you can quickly work through that backlog of exposed film), and film won't get damaged. Excellent.
great for those who prefer metal reels
Recommend watching videos online for how to load it, even if you're a 35 ml metal reel veteran like myself. Suggest using a sacrificial roll to practice if you've never used metal reels before. Nonetheless, I believe Hewes makes the best of the metal developing reels. The first and second time I used this, even after watching videos, I did damage my film, but I strongly believe this is part of the learning curve, nothing wrong with the quality or design. The second time was largely because of my inability to get the backing paper off the film, not because of the reel. Once I had a couple sacrificed rolls to play with in the light, I was able to practice, and third time and all times thereafter have been good for me.
The only 120 reel I will use
I have struggled for so long trying to get plastic reels to work for me. Every reel I have tried ends up messing up my film and creates creases that ruin my shots. I finally found this Hewes reel and it has made life so much easier. The reel is very easy to load, and I’ve had no issues with pinched and ruined film. I will never use plastic again. This Hewes reel will be my go to for medium format from now on. I absolutely recommend it
Not the equivalent of the popular Hewes 35mm reel.
Not as easy to load as the 35mm reel. Still difficult to get film started straight. Solid and well made, however.
Easy to load
Easiest stainless reel I have ever used.
Solid, and no wigling. Som training necessary for loading the film.
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