I find my Zorki 4 requires a bit of attention while loading. It's not "hard", but I need to make sure the film leader goes into the takeup spool "straight", else the film just creases on itself. I guess the clip's just a bit loose.
My Leica IIIf is kinda tough, but I've only loaded it a couple of times.
The one time I tried to load an old Leica, it looked like I was the one that was loaded.:confused:
The only ones I've ever had difficulty loading were the old Minoltas with the white breakable tabs on the take-up spool, such as the SR-T series, XE-7, and XD-11.
Um, which way does it go again? :pinch:
I blew loading more times when I was just starting out with film photography with a Canon A-1 than any time since. Then again, I've also gotten very use to watching for confirmation that the film is advancing. :)
I actually don't mind loading bottom loaders at all. It takes slightly longer for me just because I have to get the takeup reel out but beyond that the process is relatively smooth. Maybe the fact that I'm pre-cutting the film with a template helps more than I realized.
The biggest problem I've had loading film has got to be this little bugger right here: Go ahead, you're curious, check it out.
It is not virtually impossible to load some Ilford and all Adox rolls, it is next to impossible to load modern Kodak film as well.
Had to get rid of that dagblasted contraption. Traded it and the Speed Graphic it fit on (3.25 x 4.25, NOT a 4x5, no way, would not do that) for a Bronica ETRS. That's how I worked that problem gone...
Another tip from the same Pentax salesman was regarding coiled cords which always seemed to break the connection at the ends. Their idea was to start in the center and reverse the direction of the coil so that when the cord was stretched the cord would twist from the center and not at the ends putting less strain on the connections.
This will work on any coiled cord.
Francis in VT
The only time I had trouble loading a Nikon was the first time I did it on my father's old Nikomat FTn. That was 23 years ago. I usually do it the way that the Pentax engineers suggest doing it. Just simpler and quicker. Even my F is easy to load this way.
If your having trouble loading film you need to take a course at the local college on "How to get loaded". :D
The only thing that is generally hard to load is a film reel and even that is easy if you think about what your doing and practice a little with a scrap roll.