AP Film Retriever

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A quality film retriever is 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!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Liam Fitzpatrick

Makes retrieving the leader so easy, good for processing at home.

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.

Does what it says

A necessity if you use one of those motorised cameras that make the film disappear! Easy to use.


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.