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FilmIs4Ever

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Hello everyone. I am in search of the most fool-proof, film-gentle (little or no scratches) bulk loader currently on the market or easily available used for use with 100 foot rolls of film. I have no problem with the cheap one I have, but now I'm looking for one for a newspaper with relatively inexperienced photographers who've never dealt with bulk film let alone true black and white film and I want the least potential for disaster. Thanks for your help.

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~Karl Borowski
 

mikewhi

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The best-made one that I know of is the Aldin. I am not a big bulk loader person, but I have both a Watson and an Aldin and the latter one is constructed much better.

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-Mike
 

bjorke

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I have a pair of Watsons that have been in use since... well, a long time! Maybe since 1982 for one of them, bought the second for sure in '94. No scratching, simple to use as long as you get the can in straight (not at a wildly-wrong angle, like 90 degrees or more out of whack).
 

Helen B

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Another vote for the Alden, with the Watson close behind. I notice that Freestyle sell both.

Best,
Helen
 

bobfowler

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I'm probably going to wind up in the minority on this issue, but I've never had scratching with any of my 4 Lloyd loaders. I just make sure that the felt is kept VERY clean.
 

Konical

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Good Afternoon, Karl,

I've never used the Aldin, but I'll add another vote for the Watson; mine has about 30 years of use on it--no problems.

Konical
 

Dean Williams

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Another vote for the Watson. One of mine is from my high school days, (read early 70s). No complaints. No felts to keep clean. Probably had well over 15k ft. run through it by now.
 

glbeas

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All I've ever used were Watsons, the only way scratches could be made with them was to forget to open the gate before winding a roll. DOH! Been there done that.
 

Tom Hoskinson

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I have both Watson and Alden loaders (for many years). In my opinion, the Alden is the best.
 

brimc76

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I used the Alden bulk loader for years without any mishaps. The counter on the side is very handy as well.
 
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