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    This was my first roll with Rollei Superpan 200 and it was a brand new 2020 expiry date roll from the factory too. The physical negatives are very thin and for some reason this roll jammed up repeatedly while I was trying to load onto Paterson reel. After 20min struggling with this I was getting so pissed off that my hands started to sweat inside the changing bag (:-/).

    I tried tearing the roll around the halfway point to load onto another reel thinking it might be easier with 15 frames instead of 36, but even as the film appears to be very thin its very strong and has to be cut with scissors. I couldn't tear it and jammed up just as easily. So after smashing and scratching it the shit out it, processing it, I hung it up to dry and scarfed down a whole can of Pringles trying to calm the anger coursing through my veins!!!

    I bought a bulk roll of this thinking it would be a really nice brand new film to shoot with instead of the expired film I normally use. Maybe I'll have to bite the bullet and spend the money to have a lab process this for me instead of spending the money on Pringles or Doritos?

    Any other Superpan users out there have similar reel loading issues or is it just me?

    Nikon F-801s
    Zeiss ZF 50mm/ƒ1.4
    Rollei Superpan 200
    Kodak HC-110 1:31
    scanned with a Nikon Dƒ

    *I added slight edge softening

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    1. F. J. Walker 9 months ago | reply

      I can't recall the brand of film but have had very similar frustrations, I found that carefully rounding the corners a little of the film end going in helped.... sort of.. I still swore a lot.. and I think it was a quart of ice cream in my case

    2. ~ RJ 6 months ago | reply

      Welcome! I love the fine art scratches ;)

      Your story was uncanny and reminiscent of the struggles I've had with most Rollei 80S, Kodak Technical Pan and Panatomic X film jamming in Paterson reels - had to send an invite to join our ~Monochrome group to share disaster stories :)

      That's right - Superpan has a 100micron PET hard to rip base. Your task of loading is harder in a changing bag: I manage by locking the cassette end in my toes, winding onto the reel with tension between hands and toes and sitting down by the time it is wound.

      It is a lot easier with Hewes reels too. Do persist - a lab won't help improve your confidence. With Paterson reels, absolutely detergent free is necessary - otherwise it will grip stuck. If you have no choice but to use a dark bag, disposable thin latex gloves reduce the moisture sticking too.

      Besides this, i do wonder if this is the best tonal scale that the film and developer can offer.

      Kind regards


    3. **ksk** 6 months ago | reply

      ~ RJ Thanks RJ. I'm disappointed that I scratched this entire roll loading it on the Paterson reel but on the other hand it does look kind of cool at the same time. I'd rather have duplicated the negatives and hand scratched the shit out of that instead of the original! At least this is only a 3.5hr flight from Vancouver, so I can always go back and reshoot.

      I bought a bulk roll of Superpan as well as two 36exp rolls to test out when the above happened. I tested two 14exp hand rolls just before processing this store bought roll and I had no issues loading it. So maybe the preloaded rolls are wound too tight at the factory?

      I was afraid that I'd have to stick to 14-16exp bulk loaded rolls but I processed a 24exp roll just a few days ago and again it turned out great.

      For the bulk price - I'm incredibly happy with the look this film provides - even with the potential problems. But maybe being a repurposed aerial surveillance film it won't be to everyone's taste.

      Have you tried bulk loading? It doesn't seem like there are a lot of users on Flickr for this film either. Ah well, I have to say I really like it!

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