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AP Film Retriever

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An essential tool for those moments when you've accidentally wound a film all the way back into its canister before it's finished! Simple and light, a life-saver to keep close at hand when you're out in the field. It is also useful for home development when you want to pull out an exposed reel (in darkness) without having to crack open the canister.

Please note that the film retriever model in the below video is slightly different to those available for sale - but the principle and technique is the same :-)


Where we ship

When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your AP Film Retriever today and dive back into the fun of film photography!

Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews
Ryan Learoyd
Saved my bacon & my wallet

My Olympus MJUII decided to roll the leader back into the canister on some Lomochrome purple so thought I would invest and I'm all kinds of glad I did. The method is simple when following the video on site so thanks so much for that. A great little tool worth buying.

Jim Graves
My Favourite Gadget!

If you want to develop your own film, you're going to need either a cannister opener or this little beauty. It takes a little getting used to, but it does exactly what it says. It retrieves your film. It is an essential item in your developing kit.


Really useful tool. It took a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but it is a lot easier than trying to open the cannister using a bottle opener and loading onto the reel, in the dark!
Will definitely recommend if you're doing home development.

Jack Martin
Great Little Tool - Development Made Easy!

Great little Tool that helps you get your film out without being to aggressive on the canister. Best thing I found was that I could use it outside of my changing bag, meaning I could get the leader out, snip the end for a clip test and see what I was doing the whole time before popping the film in the bag to load into my development tank.

This makes a huge difference as I now don't have to fiddle around in the dark and also means less objects in my changing bag that could otherwise scratch the film, yay!

Film retriever

Not used this yet. But it is a good quality, seems sturdy. Will look forward to using it when I have 35 mm to develope