I've started to use bulk load film (Ultrafine 400) and I've noticed that after I've developed it the sprocket holes are torn and twisted. Any ideas or suggestions as to why this happens?
I don't know if this is because of my camera (Rebel 2000), the film itself, or the loader (a Watson bulk loader). However, I tested the camera by loading 12 or so shots and checking the sprockets they don't seem to be damaged.
I suppose it doesn't matter too much as long as the actual frame isn't damaged; however, it does make it harder to cut and store.
Here are some pictures of the damage.
This has happened to several frames throughout the roll and it doesn't seem to be in a pattern.
I don't know if this supports Martin Foot's theory, but here is the inside of the camera. Pick up is on the lower right hand side. I think my AE-1 has additional sprocket wheels.
Ultrafine has contacted me about this and their thoughts are as follows:
Could only guess what made the camera tear the sprocket but perhaps the reload was "pinched' a little. We sell used cameras here and film test them every single day, although we never use our house brand, we get little tears like that occasionally. Also some of the later point and shoots like the Superheadz wide and slim seem to be unkind to 35mm once in a while.
I don' know about this though. The camera has never done this to any other roll of film.