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Get the Film Out the Canister Without a Film Puller

The people from the labs are our friends, but we all like to doubles, whether made with us or with someone halfway across the world, but what to do when the film gets inside the canister.

Of course we can buy a film puller, or we can go to a lab (the people from the labs are our friends) but what if the lab is close? Only need double sided tape, scissors and a little film.

Cut a strip of film(from an old roll of film)
Place a piece of double sided sticky tape on one side of the film strip

Carefully insert the end where the double sided tape isinto the canister , note the side where the tape is has to be facing down in order for it to attract the film leader.

Wind the roll of film so that the film strip goes into the canister,leave about 20mm outside .

Now gently pull out the strip of film,the film leader should follow it out. If it doesn’t try again, it works most of the time .

written by bongofury

45 comments

  1. maxwellmaxen

    maxwellmaxen

    or just wet the strip of film you are pulling in!

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  2. damaris

    damaris

    oh!! This happened to me last week and I have a "halfexposed" film, inside the canister... THANKS!!

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  3. damaris

    damaris

    oh!! This happened to me last week and I have a "halfexposed" film, inside the canister... THANKS!!

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  4. ydpsh

    ydpsh

    I found this works better than wetting the film strip :D

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  5. angelwulf

    angelwulf

    I licked the end of the film strip and it worked first time yay :-)

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  6. johnccc

    johnccc

    Nice tipster !

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  7. mandecster

    mandecster

    thanks!!this is really help..=)

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  8. strangelilgirl

    strangelilgirl

    Will definitely remember this!

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  9. analogmonolog

    analogmonolog

    it helps. thanks :)

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  10. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Thank you. Great advice.

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  11. mystikmonk

    mystikmonk

    nice tip!! :)

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  12. andrea_gail

    andrea_gail

    excellent. No need to buy a tool!

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  13. yyyhorn

    yyyhorn

    smrt!

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  14. mr-korn

    mr-korn

    Just lick the end of the film strip, Umm....Yummy :^P

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  15. strummy

    strummy

    I tried the wet film trick and it worked really well. No tape necessary.

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  16. babybath

    babybath

    Oh thank you. I tried this once a few years back and have forgotten how to do it.

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  17. falsedigital

    falsedigital

    OMG, so simple, yet so effective. Worked perfectly!

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  18. sixty

    sixty

    nice!!

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  19. dogma

    dogma

    Great idea! Thanks!

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  20. dogma

    dogma

    Ha ha :) just did it for one of my roll :) This trick works very well!

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  21. vici

    vici

    Thank you!

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  22. polka-dot

    polka-dot

    danke! great tip

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  23. rhemaangel

    Very timely here. I have several rolls that I needed to rescue. Great tip, as well as the "wet the film" trick. I'll have to try both to see which one works best for me. :o)

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  24. verenaxm

    verenaxm

    haha. i just tried it and it worked. but i wet the film because i don't have double sided tape

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  25. lomographyembassyspain

    lomographyembassyspain

    Muy buen idea!!! Felicidades al creador!!!

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  26. isoterica

    isoterica

    This is clever, thanks for the tip! Sometimes I get two shots in and decide I want to change films but I fear rewinding the film will get it lost in the container. Now I can do it.. and when I reload the film into another camera or the same one later just shoot the first two shots with the lens cap on preserving them :)

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  27. bongofury

    bongofury

    Thanks to all . I´m glad to be usefull.
    I must say i also lick the film and it taste real fine :)

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  28. grazie

    grazie

    thanks for this! I have two films in need of this ;)

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  29. aprilrich427

    aprilrich427

    yay thank you! I just did this but didnt have tape so i licked the negative strip and it worked :)

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  30. qlamerand

    qlamerand

    I had to try this tipster yesterday and it worked. Thanks !

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  31. zulupt

    zulupt

    Awesome tipster, really helpful!!!

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  32. chrystani

    chrystani

    Sweet! I was just wondering if I would have to throw away my roll of film. I know lazy right. Thanks for the tip. :D
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  33. weidong

    weidong

    Great Article
    !

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  34. stouf

    stouf

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  35. feelux

    feelux

    Niiiice! Very useful! I can now rescue my Elitechrome.

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  36. redtulip

    redtulip

    It worked! :D THANKSSSSSSSSS

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  37. hilarion

    hilarion

    water works, too. but thanks a lot!! really helped me.

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  38. kwakken

    kwakken

    very helpful! :)

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  39. nanyeah

    nanyeah

    great help!

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  40. ngjinglingfiona

    ngjinglingfiona

    couldnt get it for the first few tries, but its worked in the end! Great tip (:

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  41. flashstalker

    flashstalker

    Great!

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  42. tectum

    tectum

    :) even easier : http://youtu.be/0OZ3IWN1bLU

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  43. bongofury

    bongofury

    @tectum , realy easier ,thanks

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  44. danbarry

    danbarry

    This just saved an unused / recycled film

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  45. c5gebj2

    c5gebj2

    Great tipster. Saved me some time with the changing bag.

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