Bulk film respooling

Discussion in 'Film, developing & other non-digital stuff' started by billowens, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Tossing this into the forums to see if anyone has any good ideas... a couple of months ago I went slightly nuts on eBay and bought a lot of Kodak 2476 Linagraph Shellburst film. And when I say 'a lot', I mean A LOT of film - 3500' of it in seven 500' rolls.

    I have a number of standard bulk film loaders, each of which will take 100' rolls (or maybe a bit more, since this film is unusually thin). I also have a beastly big loader that will do 200'. Nothing that will handle the full 500' roll. So for now I've been opening it in the dark and pulling off about three feet at a time, hand-winding it into cassettes using the crank from one of my Lloyd's loaders. Eventually I'll have used enough film that the remainder will fit into the big loader, but that's going to be a while; probably need to hand-wind fifty or so rolls before I get halfway through the 500'.

    The question is how to do this more efficiently. I'd like to be able to get a smaller spool wound up that I could put into one of the loaders, but I have no mechanism to do that. I've thought about getting two lazy susans and sitting them next to each other in the darkroom, hand-winding from one to the other, but I doubt that I could keep constant enough tension on the takeup side. I've seen machines for rewinding 35mm movie spools, but they only seem to work with film on spools, rather than loose with a core. Any ideas from the crowd? If someone suggests something I can use, I'll wind a 100' as a test and send it to you ;)
  2. sure! you could look around for some of the simpler cine film editing gear and use that
    I'm pretty sure this is what the film photography project uses

    or just a hand crank. I searched for it on ebay and found a few.
    something simple is ideal I think

    that or you could make your own with compact discs holding the 100' roll together

    heck, you could probably use the front gear and foot pedal off a bike if you know your way around in a workshop :)

    good luck!

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