horrible, just horrible
I bought one reel, and it's not even the right size. I'm not talking about film size either. The reel spirals are about 1mm too wide to even begin to hold the film. I had to put it in a vise to get it to partially hold the inner half of the film. It might work, if I spend some time with it in the shop and get it to the dimensions it needs to be, or take it apart and rebuild it. But I shouldn't, not right out of the box. I can't even check-off inconsistent results, because there are none. Spend a little more for a better product or go with a plastic kit.
These are junk be warned
Not sure why my earlier review was not posted, but this item is still available and I got unfortunately three of them. The upper and lower spirals are not parallel and are between 34-37mm apart on the inside.
So it is impossible to get a 35mm film reliably into the grooves. They should be no more than 33mm apart. This is a manufacturing fault of someone who didn't take measurements seriously and had no concept of precision. I even failed to get a developed film on there in day light.
First time I bought something from Adorama which was disappointing. Now I have to pay for sending that junk back.
I am pretty ticked at this product. I get it open and I was stabbed in the finger by jagged ends. I look at it for a second and realize it wouldn't work. I took some film and couldn't even get the film on it. The measurements for the prongs are too far apart. I better get my money back, or sent some reels that will actually work. Anything good about this product? No, Too bad I can't use the crud I bought! I even called their number and it said they close on Thursdays at 8... but I called at 6:30 and it still said they were closed.
Unfortunately, these are nearly impossible to use. I've been completely unsuccessful in rolling film on either of my two reels even under lights. Having successfully practiced with several other brands of stainless steel reels, I feel confident that the problem lies in their construction rather than my skill. They appear warped in places, and do not hold the film snugly – it's constantly slipping out of the tracks. The price is alluring, but the frustration isn't worth it. I will not be developing with these.
Most difficult SS reels to load
SS reels are notoriously fickle compared to their plastic counterparts but these take it to a whole new level. I am typing this review with blisters on each thumb from loading two rolls onto these reels.
I learned on SS reels in high school but these are inexplicably difficult to work with. This is about the tenth time I have gotten blisters from coaxing the film onto these reels and now I'm going to look elsewhere. I think plastic reels will do just fine.
My results ecco the ones describes here already. The reels are poorly constructed and do not have the right size for the film they're made for. They do not grip the film and even in daylight it is impossible to get a roll on one of them.I bought two reels and they were both like this.I'll buy plastic reels next time. And here I was getting steel because I thought it would be the better quality choice.I'd return this item if it cost more.
I ordered 2 reels along with many other items, and these are the only things I have a complaints about. They seem to be very poorly constructed. Both reels were sharp where the metal ended. The clip on one of them did not hold the film tight so it kept slipping out, the other was okay. Also, they both arrived slightly bent, so it makes for a difficult time rolling the film (even in light).
These are unbelievable bad
The inner diameter is 35-37mm so it is impossible to get a 35mm film to stay in the grooves. upper and lower parts are not parallel to each other. This is junk.
I am very surprise that Adorama product being this bad.
It is impossible to roll the film because of its poor construction.