Bulk Loading 35mm Film Part 1 – Cassettes

From left to right: Leica FILCA Cassettes, Nikon Reloadable Film Cassettes, Kodak Snap-Cap 135 Magazines.

Leica introduced the first popular camera using 35mm cinema film in 1925. There was no such thing as a preloaded roll of 35mm film. Leica, and then Contax and other 35mm camera manufacturers supplied cassettes to be loaded with bulk film by the user in the darkroom. A variety of bulk loading devices of differing complexity were introduced by the camera manufacturers and by various third parties. Continue reading “Bulk Loading 35mm Film Part 1 – Cassettes”

Twelve Exposures

Some time ago I switched from 36 exposure rolls of 35mm film to 24 exposure rolls. I was holding the two ends of the film when it came out of the developing tank and snapping the film, rather than wiping it, to remove excess water. The 36 exposure rolls were right at the limit of my reach. I would occasionally lose my grip on one end and let it drop to the floor. Not a good thing. Switching to 24 exposure rolls solved that problem. 

I hoped it would help with another problem too. Continue reading “Twelve Exposures”