I just finished developing my second set (2 rolls) of Plus X. Until a few months ago, I hadn't done any developing in maybe 25 years. The first time (after the 25 year absence) I tried this, I trimmed the leaders, opened the cassettes in the dark and fed the film onto the reels (stainless steel). The first roll went on fine, the second was quite fiddly but I got the film on and everything went smoothly. I did notice some dark marks around the edges (around the sprocket holes, fortunately not in the frames themselves) where I accidentallly bent the film while trying to straighten it in the reel. This time around, I tried starting the film onto the reels in the light, figuring that most of my reel loading problems the first time were because it was difficult to get the film straight and centered in the clip in the dark. However, this time the loading was worse and I ended up with parts of the film touching, which, of course, ruined those frames. Can anyone give me any tips on loading the reels? Is there a good way to check the loading in the dark? Should I consider getting autoloading reels or just keep practising with junk film? BTW, I just read some of the old posts in this forum and found out that I risk scratching the film by dragging it out from the cassettes, so now I know not to do that again.