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  1. Step 1:
    Use an old minox 36exp roll to measure length, if you want to get techy then get a board with indents that show you teh cutting range for different exposures or a guillotine type assembly as I've seen some minox users utilise.
    Step 2:
    Darkroom / cupboard etc
    Wear cotton gloves, (can be gotten from chemist), Tightly spool the cut strip between thumb and forefinger of one hand and wrapping with the other, place this into the spool-less side of the snap lid cassette you have waiting threading the loose end 0.5inch-ish into the felt light trap so that it protrudes toward the other spool, snap the lid on, turn on the lights, stop sweating, have a cuppa etc, (it gets easier and less panic stricken each time)
    Step 3:
    In the light, unsnap the spool side, tape the loose end of the film to the spool with scotch tape, (I use this for all my bulk load, it sticks well and removes easily and cleanly), thread the film through the felt trap again and replace the snap on lid, done.

    Load into the camera and enjoy.

    n.b. if this is a new slitter i'd heartily recommend sacrificing a strip by dragging it through by hand after step 2, this ensures that it rolls through evenly and cleanly, my first home made slitter didn't and jammed on me halfway through a roll whilst out.
    2019-05-06 Tags: , , , , by klotz
  2. Different type of Minox 8x11 film has different thickness, the thinner the film, more exposures can be packed in one cassette. The following is a table for maximum capacity of Minox (or Acmel ) plastic cassette, with 10mm spool.
    MINOX CASSETTE MAXIMUM CAPACITY
    Film Plastic Minox/ACMEL cassette, 10mm spool Brass Minox Cassette
    Agfa APX 25/100/400
    Minopan 25/100/400 52 65
    Agfa Copex Rapid 58 72
    Minocolor 100 52 65
    Ilford PanF Plus 55 70
    Kodak Technical Pan 64 80
    Fuji Super HR 115 140
    Don't pack Minox cassette to maximum capacity, unless you can attach film lead to the spool very tight; otherwise, uneven tape may add to the diameter of spool, you may not get the maximum, and jam the camera. It is wise to leave some leeway.
    Remember frames beyond 50 for Minox A/B , and frames beyond 36 for Minox C/LX/TLX/CLX/EC will have wider than normal spacing.
    Thin film may have little frame spacing at the beginning.
    Don't use too thick film in Minox cassette.
    2019-05-06 Tags: , , , , by klotz

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