The Film Retriever!


Lost the end of your film, want to do double exposures, no specialist tools in sight?? No problem!

Firstly you’ll need a piece of negative strip, (about 6" is plenty), scissors, craft knife, a form of tape (masking is best, but electricians tape works too, and the roll of film you want the end of.

First take your strip of negative and put a piece of tape down the middle of it (about 3 inches long) then cut two or three ‘windows’ in this, then tape over the windows again, so you end up with sticky holes on the underside.

The tricky bit now is threading the ‘retriever’ into the canister of film, keep pushing it until it goes in and eventually you should be able to tell when the tape sticks to the end of the roll.

Then simply pull it back out, and voila! Your film retrieved!

written by rspreston on 2010-07-13 #gear #tutorials #tipster #double-exposures #redscaling #film-retrieved


  1. moochie_lomo
    moochie_lomo ·

    Very clever!

  2. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    SMOOOOOOTH!!! :)

  3. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    i think this is the same method that ndroo post at ndroo website

  4. amsyarhilman
    amsyarhilman ·

    Holy crap I need to do this. Thanks !

  5. nural
    nural ·

    I wish you could have posted this a little while before, I wouldn't have bought that 15Euro film retriever!!

  6. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    Love it. Genius!

  7. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    clever and easy to do! bravo!!!

  8. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Great!! What do I do now with the film retriever I ordered?? :S

  9. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Excellent! Like!

  10. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    yay !

  11. elletra
    elletra ·

    I can't wait to try this! Clever!

  12. workerbee
    workerbee ·


  13. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    yes! it took me three tries - but I got it! :D

  14. catarella
    catarella ·

    Great idea!! I'll try it! =D

  15. floting
    floting ·

    clever clever clever and smart!

  16. yarah
    yarah ·

    Great! Thanks, I needed this tip :D

  17. oleman
    oleman ·

    Thanks, I´ll need this tip :)

  18. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Just did this, works like a charm =) THANK YOU

  19. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    may i even add: when the film your pushing in starts to jam, you can manually rewind the film a bit to be sure both films are sticked together

  20. photohuggers
    photohuggers ·

    such a great idea and a very useful tip!! Thank you, congrats!!

  21. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Cool! No more blind jabbing with the tweezers for me ;)

  22. daforl
    daforl ·

    yes. thank you for the great tipster

  23. thedude
    thedude ·

    thanks for the tip!

  24. flashstalker
    flashstalker ·


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