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.
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.
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...
Last edited by Perry Way; 09-06-2010 at 01:38 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: woops, forgot one wee little thing...
I love the wilderness and I love my trail cameras, all Fuji's! :) GA645, GW690 III, and the X100 which I think is the best trail camera ever invented (to date).
But the best tip I ever heard was from a Pentax rep. Basically, he said to reverse the loading instructions:
This must have come from Pentax engineers as I heard it from a Pentax Rep in the store I was working in in New Hampshire. I passed it on to all my customers and used it myself.
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.
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.
APUG: F4, F2AS, F, Nikomat FTn
Nikkors: 18-70/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX (f/D200), 24/2.8 AI, 50/1.4 AI, 85/1.8 K, 180/2.8 ED AIS, 300/4.5 ED AI