AP Film Retriever
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 :-)
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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!
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.
Great little device and makes home developing easier. Instead of breaking open the cassette in a changing bag, you can just use this to pull a tiny bit of the film out in daylight and then pop it into the changing bag. Giving it 4 stars only because it's a bit fiddly and took me a fair few attempts before I got the hang of it.
Used twice already - and both times retrieved end of film from cartridge with ease. So useful and takes the worry out of accidentally overwinding fully into cartridge. Five star recommend!
does the joab!
Back in the early '80s, when I last developed my own film, I would always leave a bit of leader out when I rewound the film, to make it easier to load on the spool. Nowadays I would send film off to be processed but when lockdown came I thought I might as well start developing my own B&W again as I had the time, and as I was shooting a lot more film it made sense to save time and money doing it myself. However, I'd completely rewound the films into the canisters. Not a problem, I thought, I'll just pop them open the way I used to, by giving them a sharp bash on the table so that the top pops off. It seems that they are much more tightly sealed than they were (possibly to stop them being refilled from a bulk loader, like I used to). So I got one of those film opening devices. I wrestled with it in the dark, but still couldn't get the thing open. The only thing that opened was the skin on my fingers. So I resorted to trying one of these film retrievers. It took a couple of goes to get the hang of it, but I soon I had the leaders out of all the canisters and ready to wind onto the spool. I'll probably not use it again as I will simply not rewind the film all the way back when it's finished, but it will be handy to have around for any occasions when I do need it.