this looks like a modern interpretation of an old concept. I have been told, and vintage ads bear this out, that in the 60s and 70s it was quite common for film manufacturers to offer something between what we think of as bulk and a single cassette. Loads of 6-10 metres of film from major players like Ilford and 3M (Ferrania) were available.
This product seems a bit like bulk loading for people who neither have nor desire a bulk loader. Probably a niche but a good option to have.
During the USSR area, there was a 35mm 36 exp. film sold , here in Europe, standard wrapped in black paper and packed in a cardboard box. You had to put the film in a reusable cassette yourself.
I can't recall the brand's name because I couldn't read the Cyrillic alphabet...
Can we be sure it was prompted by cassette shortage or by that alone. Is this a shortage that affects Foma only or are Ilford and Kodak experiencing the same thing?
What other reasons might it be for? Maybe to demonstrate to customers that Foma recognises the increase in film prices vis a vis the smaller increase in disposable income.? If so I find it somewhat ironic that the smaller company already producing the cheapest product is the first to try and help customers who are "feeling the squeeze" as the saying goes when prices increase faster than incomes
It is almost as if the poorest neighbour is the one who helps others the most but in fact isn't there some evidence that this is the case in society anyway
I think that's exactly right. I'd add just one comment: if the spools are compatible with Leica cassettes, then that would revive precisely the conditions that are described in various Leica publications from the '50s.
Some of the reloads for Kodak cassettes were daylight loading. The film was spooled and then had a paper wrapper. You inserted the spool with protective paper in place, assembled the cassette with the paper tongue sticking out then pulled out the paper and attached film leader.
I think something similar (if not the same) worked with Leica cassettes. The Leica cassettes I have all have the original spools.
It had light-tight paper similar to backing paper on the roll film.I wonder what exactly protects the film from the light - presumably more than just the rubber band.
Same as reloads manufactured in the USSR. I found an old book that mentions that these reloads were particularly useful for travellers/hikers/tourists. The Leica cassettes of the time were quite heavy and the weight savings would be considerable. I assume one would load the cassette under the daylight, expose the film, rewind it back into the cassette, and replace it with the new spool.Some of the reloads for Kodak cassettes were daylight loading.
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