135 back for Mamiya Pro TL
I can't get the film to advance to the next frame with my HC401 135 film back.
I picked up the 135 film back for my Pro TL some time ago and finally decided to try it out. I think I loaded the film correctly, although I wasn't sure how far to advance it since there is no "start" mark on 35mm film. When I attached the back and turned on the camera it sounded like it was advancing properly to the first frame and the frame counter read "1". I adjusted the ISO to 400 on the back.
I put on a 45mm lens and went outside. The first frame seemed to take just fine but I noticed that the film didn't advance after taking the shot. (I'm using the Power Drive Grip WG401) When I try to take a second shot it won't release the shutter. I removed the grip and tried it with the crank but it feels locked and won't advance. I even tried it with the smaller power drive grip WG402 and no luck.
I also double checked to make sure the camera wasn't set on multiple exposure.
I'm not sure if I loaded the film wrong or what...
The 135 film back has a pretty special loading way. Look it up in the manual. I try to find it for you, but found only the M645 pro TL:
There is also a slide included to make panoramas. (Apart from the special (focus) glass with 135mm lines on it).
It's very tricky to use it with the motor drive because at the end you can damage the drive or your film can come loose from the spool. You have to re-spool manually with the build in level winder on the back.
I have the same camera (amongst many others). The shutter doesn't "fire" if the back is not secured properly, you have left the dark slide infront, the shutter isn't cocked (I use leaf shutter lenses and the lens to body cable to ensure the shutter is cocked each time) or if one of the "pins" on the holder is not working properly. This pin tells the camera whether the back is attached properly to the camera back and can sometimes "stick". As the camera is fully interlocked, if one of these safety features is awry, that could account for your problem. Did you test out the holder before using it with film?
Film Cameras currently used:
Large/Stort-format: Ebony 45SU (field camera), Medium/Medlem-format: Mamiya 7, Mamiya 645 Pro TL (for macro work)
35mm/Små format: Nikon F4
In addition to Thingy's suggestions, make sure your camera battery still has plenty of juice in it.
"Embrace the negative with absolution, your final positive reward." --IQ, "The Province," Frequency
Thanks for the replies. Just to confirm, the dark slide was removed and the batteries were good.
Anyway, I was frustrated and it was cheap color negative film so I opened up the back again, made sure everything was in place, and closed it again, making sure it shut tight.
And now it works just fine!! I'm not sure what was wrong... either the film wasn't properly loaded or the back wasn't properly attached and sealed shut...
Anyway, now it works.
So one other question... is there a special focusing screen to with with this back, that has lines showing the outline of the 35mm frame? Or do you just guess?
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I was on the market to buy a 135 back for my Mamiya 645 Pro, so I did some research. You can check the following publication. It lists the 135mm screen among accessories.
Thanks al5256! That is a great manual to have. I'll have to keep my eyes open for the screen. In the mean time I'll just guess.