Originally Posted by reagan
ehhh, yeah, I threw that out there, but nope. Not a serious option for me. And I honestly think you could hog it out to the aluminum outter skin and it still wouldn't accomodate a 35 canister. Ive shot a short test roll of paper backed 35mm film through it that I rolled up myself in a dark bathroom. I think I'd rather cobble a loadable canister together to work with. There's no rewind to a Bantam sooo thats gotta be considered.
Anyway, I'm scopin for materials.
I think the best option is building two custom canisters, with a spool that will fit a generic bulk loader for easier loading.
Custom paper backing isn't worth the hassle IMHO. Cover the hole in the back. Without it, on the other hand, the problem is advancing the film, because it takes a little less rotation of the knob for every shot.
So you'll have to keep track of how many shots you've already taken. For that, make a few marks on the wind spool at fixed angles, so that you end up with something that looks like a pie with eight slices or whatever. Make the marks with a Sharpie if you're afraid of modifying the camera, it will be fine as long as even one is visible, but renew them every now and then as they will rub off. Then make a table how far you have to advance the film (like, 1 1/2 turn for the first two shots, one turn for the next two, and so on). You can take notes for that using a pice of junk film and seeing how far it advances.
If you tend to be forgetful about these things or don't use it often, copy that table on a little Post-it that you stick on top of the camera, and make a mark on the Post-it for every frame you take.