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Im new to the forum and have a long question, but I have read a lot of posts here before so I am turning to you all for help! 

I bought my first super 8 camera, a Canon 310xl a couple of months ago, and in January, I bought two cartridges of Tri-X reversal to shoot with. I am a college student, so I did not have a chance to shoot until last week, so until then I kept the two carts in the fridge to keep cool. So last week, I finally opened my first box of Tri-X and loaded it into my camera. I notched hack the cart so I could control the built in filter as well! I turned the camera on and pulled the trigger, and the film ran for about 30 frames before the film transport indicator in my viewfinder stopped running, indicating that the film was not moving. So i opened my camera and pulled the cartridge out and the film had snapped! The whole cart gone. So I chalked it up to maybe a faulty cart, so I loaded my second one. And you guessed it, the exact same thing happened! Both my catridges with snapped film. 

So my question: Why did this happen and what can I do to fix it?

I don't know enough about yet to be able to figure out whats causing the film to just break. Did the film get brittle from being in my refrigerator too long? Or is something wrong with my camera, is it too fast? Is something wrong with the takeup hooks? I just don't know. I have called Kodak about getting replacements, but scared that the same thing will happen again. If you may know anything about why my film is breaking after 30 frames I would appreciate your help. Im a college student, I can't afford just buying more film if I will never be able to shoot with it.  Thanks!

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Not brittle, a little sticky due to condensating water. Wait one full hour before you load cold film. Pound the cartridge once or twice into your palm before inserting it to loosen the convolutions.

You don’t need to store TXR in the cold.

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That makes complete sense Simon. Yet the first cartridge that I loaded had been out of my fridge for about a day before I loaded it into my camera. It couldn't still be sticky at that point could it? 

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1 hour ago, Simon Wyss said:

Not brittle, a little sticky due to condensating water. Wait one full hour before you load cold film. Pound the cartridge once or twice into your palm before inserting it to loosen the convolutions.

You don’t need to store TXR in the cold.

That makes complete sense Simon. Yet the first cartridge that I loaded had been out of my fridge for about a day before I loaded it into my camera. It couldn't still be sticky at that point could it? 

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How did you conclude that the film is broken? Can you see the broken ends? It takes a good deal of force to break film that isn't already damaged. I'm be surprised if a camera could do it.

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23 minutes ago, Mark Dunn said:

How did you conclude that the film is broken? Can you see the broken ends? It takes a good deal of force to break film that isn't already damaged. I'm be surprised if a camera could do it.

Here is a picture if that helps answer your question

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It does, rather. Crumbs. I've never seen anything like it.

My first thought is jammed cartridges but I've really no idea.

 

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