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    My Contaflex. The camera is too heavy to hold steady one handed, I need somewhere to put the back/base, that damn take-up spool keeps dropping out. It is a piece of cake at home on a table, but not out and about.

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    My nikonos is a royal pain to load!

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    Early Zorki and FED cameras are much easier to load that the FSU fixed lens Junost camera. Despite the hinged back, one needs three hands (or at least more than ten fingers) and an accurate low-distance vision to attach the film leader to the take-up spool.
    I always end using adhesive tape...

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    For difficult to load: the Leica CL and the screwmounts, and then the Rollei 35's. For easy: the M bodies with the M4 and later style take-up spool. I'm so used to loading an M that I find all 35's with an opening back like a Nikon difficult now.

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    The old bottom-loading Leica M's. I still have my old Leica 'tail-end Charlie' for trimming/cutting the end of the leader when loading from bulk roll. I too, lost a significant number of 'first-on-the-roll' exposures over the years. I might still hesitate using these 'olden goldens' again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpwphoto View Post
    Lieca's...
    I wonder how many got away from HCB while re-loading?
    http://ishupatel.com/bresson.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveTLRs View Post
    Wonderful story. Thanks for posting that link.
    Dave

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    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

    From It's All Mixed Up by The Cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    Wonderful story. Thanks for posting that link.
    I have seen this before, but am always interested to read again. Thanks.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Nikonos - under water.
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Is it the "Armpit F"

    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    Nikon bodies are easy to load. Even the F with its non-hinged removable back. Just loaded up the FT3 with a roll of Velvia. Took all of 10 seconds from start to finish.

    The early Leicas and other copies are kind of a pain...

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    My old photo professor shot with one in Vietnam. To load film, you too the back off then stuck it under your arm so you won't loose it in the field. Hence it's called the "Armpit F"
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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