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Just wandering if you ended up trying these IXMOOs in the new MP
Micheal. I did try out the IXMOO in a MP. Bad news - they wont fit! I havent figured yet why they wont go in. Seems like there is a small ledge inside that prevents it from being able to slip all the way in! Very inconvinient of Leica to change the housing! I suspect that the MP uses the same casting as the M7 but minus the "bar code" reader in the latter.
Oh, well. At least they work with my old M6's if I do require metered cameras.
Well, bad luck indeed.
But I think it's kind of understandable. How many IXMOO users are around?
OTOH, now that I think about this, In these times of difficult film suplies, maybe rolling your own makes more sense than ever?
Maybe it's time for leica/whoever to produce again high quality cassettes that won't scratch you film...
If they were made today, you could not afford them. They are simply wonderful and I have a decent collection along with a bench winder and real ABLON.
I consider the ABLON necessary to trim the point to perfection so the film seats perfectly. If you don`t get it right, the lock that prevents the film from pulling out gets damaged and the spools are not much fun to repair.
I paid way to much for a real ABLON and the knock offs trim the leader fine, they do not do the pointed attachment end.
I just use masking tape to hold the film on the spool, just like do with the spools of reloadable snap-cap cassettes. I's way too much trouble trimming that end of the film also!
why would you need an ABLON for an M camera?
Thanks for your warning about forcing the winding while the cassette can't open.
BTW, I perfectly understand that the locking latches are not fun to repair.
I even can't see how to repair them....
How do you do it?
The locking latch usually loses the flatspring or it gets bent out of shape. You can still use the cassette, but it is way to easy to "open" the cassette and fog a bit of film (usually in the first 1-2 frames only).
You also have to be careful not to squeeze the cassettes as they are thin brass and once "out of rounds" get very stiff. I machined a "plug" from alloy that I use to "round" them off. Quite often people give me stuck or jammed cassettes and it is possible to straighten out the shells sometime.
At the latest count there are now 188 of them in the reloadable's box. That is enough, almost, to do a 1000ft of film.
The ABLON template is good, but I did loose mine some years ago and simply made one up from brass. The gaffer or masking tape trick works fine and I use it on my Nikon reloadables as they have a bewildering array of slots in them. With the IXMOO's I like the tapered end as it makes it easy to rip off the film.
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