- Mar 8, 2013
Did the manufacture of reloadable metal 35mm film cassettes cease? I do not really care for the ones made of plastic.
Back in the late '80s/early 90s, I bought a box of 100 non-coded plain black metal cassettes made by or for AP Photo Industries in Spain. They are the type commonly used by Ilford and Kodak in the 1970s, with ends you can remove easily using your fingernails without damaging the cassette. I have re-used them repeatedly ever since.Did the manufacture of reloadable metal 35mm film cassettes cease? I do not really care for the ones made of plastic.
The Ilford-type metal ones are built like a Canon FTb, the plastic ones are built like a Diana.
If that happens, I think the end cap has not been seated properly. When I'm loading from a bulk roll I check that I can rotate the end cap in its groove. If it won't turn, it's crooked and may flip off.The real question though is whether it is more likely that the top is going to pop off the metal kind
The real question though is whether it is more likely that the top is going to pop off the metal kind or become unscrewed from the plastic kind. I have had both happen.
Unfortunatly the newer ones seem to have problems with the felt Bunching up. When I started doing darkroom work I used to buy (Real dr. Carl) adox film mostly to save the cassettes. The cassettes then started to be available separately, and I remember seeing that some of the spools had signs that the mould had been modified to remove "ADOX" from the flange. The ones from that era did last. (the spool had just the shadow of the Logo)The plastic ones' caps are much more easy to close, more so in the dark.
The plastic ones' caps can be locked by tape if one wants to be on the safe side.
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