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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    I can't load film in my digital camera.
    You have to take the batteries out first.

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    My Vitessa L is a PITA to load, or perhaps I haven't learned how to swear properly in German. Between not dropping the removeable back - what sort of idiot idea is that? - resetting the film counter on the front of the body, and sliding the back on without snagging the film somehow, I can spend several "happy" minutes admiring the camera's superb fit and finish. But once loaded the camera is a marvel.

    My easiest camera to load? Probably my ancient Praktica LTL. Hinged back, put the cassette in its well, extend the film tongue under a little protrusion near the sprocket and up to a dot. Wind the film, a bent wire bail catches the film and you're ready to go. For hand loaded film, no real need to trim a tongue as the wire bail will catch a crude diagonal cut. A wonderful system. Fit and finish of the camera? Only as much as needed, but it is one tough customer. Still working after maybe 40 years of hard use, bouncing off the sidewalk, and no servicing.

    Two diverse examples of German engineering.

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    I used an M-3 for a wedding.
    I rewound a film and loaded a new film while I was driving from the church to the reception hall.
    No problems. I can also load an old bottom feeder as long as the film is trimmed.

    Francis in VT

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    My Leica is marginally slower to load than my Zeiss Icon but that is part of its charm.

    I have made the mistake of not watching the rewind crank - once with each camera, never again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesper View Post
    Early Soviet Leica copies are very hard to load. I have a FED I with a serial below 3000 and it takes at least 5 minutes but more often longer to load properly.
    Maybe the body is out of shape, the body shell being rather soft? My prewar FED 1 is not worse than my postwar Zorki-Zorki in this matter. They are anyway not really quick loading cameras!
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRHazelton View Post
    My easiest camera to load? Probably my ancient Praktica LTL. Hinged back, put the cassette in its well, extend the film tongue under a little protrusion near the sprocket and up to a dot. Wind the film, a bent wire bail catches the film and you're ready to go. For hand loaded film, no real need to trim a tongue as the wire bail will catch a crude diagonal cut. A wonderful system. Fit and finish of the camera? Only as much as needed, but it is one tough customer. Still working after maybe 40 years of hard use, bouncing off the sidewalk, and no servicing.
    I have the same exsperience than you. My Praktica never let me down. These are very underrated cameras IMO.
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

    "A photograph is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." Diane Arbus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    I have the same exsperience than you. My Praktica never let me down. These are very underrated cameras IMO.
    Hear, hear! They are a bit agricultural, but they have the best implementation of stop down metering I've ever seen. And the f1.8 that came on mine is very sharp, and will focus down to about one foot.

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    Momikon - film loading terror from Budapest!

    Due to the wife's Hungarian ancestry & perhaps also in response to my rapid accumulation of mid-late 1950's British cameras - the Mrs purchased a circa 1954-56 pre-communist invasion Budapest manufactured Mom Momikon 1, it's a minute 35mm format rangefinder, with a blue coated Ymmar f3.5 50mm lens, 24x32 with 45 frames per roll and a baseplate that ejects off when you need to load or unload.

    Despite being familiar(ish) with many camera formats, the camera was really tricky to load & the take up spindle seemed to be from another camera: first roll was approx 50 frames in before realizing the end (of the strip) was never coming, second attempt the film was re-loaded by a Leica specialist, but was fogged perhaps when unloading. finally, on the third attempt the camera stopped advancing film around frame 44 & the film was unloaded in a changing bag.


    frankly the fogged & hazy images were not worth the effort & it's now just a display camera right next to an Agfa Clack & Clibo

    might try again after it has had a full service

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    Last edited by culturesponge; 08-02-2013 at 09:59 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: gobbledy goop unravelling

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    ANY M series Leica!
    I have M3. M6 and two M7's, having had the M3 for decades, the M6 for over 15 years and the pair of M7's about 10 years and the M7's still are difficult to load and one must verify that the rewind knob is indeed moving or start again.-Dick

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    My friend, watching me reload my M at an Arab Spring demo, base plate gracefully between my teeth--

    "By the time you reload this thing the revolution is over."

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