Loading a Zenit B

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  1. MamiyaJen

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    Forgive me if this is really obvious and i'm asking a dumb question but...how do i load this thing? I'm used to there being a spool on the other side with a hole to slot the film into. But that's not the case here.

    And being a skint student i don't really want to waste what film i have experimenting til i get it right :wink:

    So a heads up would be great. I've included the photo for better/easier explaining. Cheers!
     

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    You must put film end under metallic catch - you can see it in the left side of spool- and then as usual.
     
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    Thanks! Didn't realise that was a clip. Now i feel dafter than i did for asking in the first place.

    But there's something else now i've loaded the film. I'm looking at the winder with the film sensitivity numbers on top. I've turned it to what i think is 400ISO though there is only 250, followed by two dots and then 500. Am i right to put it to between the two dots? I've looked at manuals online but nothing seems to say how to work this bit. I'm a bit puzzled to say the least.
     
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    Pulled my very old Zenith E off the shelf. Either my eyes are getting old or I dont have any dots between 250 and 500. Not to worry there should be markings for DIN settings on the other side - 400 ISO(or ASA as was) is 27 Din - but if it is a Zenith B then that dial is just a reminder as it has no built in meter, so you will need to use an exposure meter or an exposure guide.
     
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    Thanks DMB! Definitely a couple of dots there. I never thought about the fact that it's got no built in light meter. D'oh!
     
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    Remember to spin to frame counter dial to "1" as it has to be set manually for the first frame each time you load. Don't accidentally bump it during the roll or you will lose your frame count.
     
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    I know this is a pretty old thread but it actually helped me out, I got Zenit-B with a Carl Zeiss Flektogon and I was loving it until I got to about photo 30 on a 26 roll, opened it up to relies film had jammed because I hadn't loaded it correctly due to not noticing the clip!
     
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    MamiyaJen: a word of warning to you and other messy housekeepers:

    Your picture demands a response other than 'under the clip' and most will benefit from this caveat.

    There is a LOT of dust in the back of your camera. Remember, the tiny 24 x 36 area is going to be greatly enlarged, along with all that dust, should some find a home on your film. I advise both you and all the others to look closely at the backs of your respective cameras with a magnifying glass in order to see how dirty your 'clean' camera really is! And do this FREQUENTLY. Without that magnifying glass you will be deceived!

    And any who do not think that this is sound advice should suffer forever in a pool of Spotone. A brush and a breath works wonders but it has to be done frequently. Learn to be 'small', like that negative, and you will see many gremlins which deserve to be destroyed. - David Lyga
     
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