Originally Posted by sonofdanang
Don't give up on the bag, brother. But I understand your frustration.
Do your self a favor: sacrifice an un-shot roll of film and practice loading the reels outside the bag. Do it 50 times looking, another 50 with your eyes closed, and another 50 in the bag - all with that same "trainer" roll.
If you're still having problems, message me or re-post and I'm sure lots of support and tips will come your way. Until this year, for the last two decades, I've had a portable darkroom with me during my 6-9 months of the year that I'm on the road.
We'll get you going.
Shane, thanks for the kind words of support. Although I didn't do it fifty times, I DID practice a lot with a wasted roll, and felt I had it down "OK", so this was frustrating.
One issue - even when looking at the damn thing in the light, it is sometimes a little difficult to get the the whole length of 36 exposures on the reel. Gets really stiff toward the end. I have a Paterson three-reel tank and a one-reel tank. I was trying to get a single reel in the bigger tank today, mainly because neither of these is sealed and the small one tends to spew fluid when I agitate (just twirling, not inverting!)
Also, I gotta say that the changing bag I acquired (purchased a fellow's entire darkroom setup) is a little snug, especially with the bigger tank.
Anyway, I will persevere, and will gladly take you up on the offer of advice.