Ars-Imago Film Retriever is the best tool for extracting the film leader from 35mm cartridges. Designed after the classic darkroom essential, it comes in handy for use with the Lab-Box or for extracting the leader for easier reel loading.
- Insert the film retriever in closed position into the canister until the tooth touches the edge
- While holding the tooth, pull out the lower tab as far as it will go
- Rotate the spool hub counter-clockwise until you will hear the most audible click
- Stop turning and rotate the hub clockwise until it begins to offer resistance
- Push the lower tab in as far as possible, then slowly withdraw the retriever to recover the film leader