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    Quote Originally Posted by xxloverxx
    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 have several FSU models, and they all require attention. I also wouldn't say they are "hard" to load. But they do require that you know what you're doing.

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    If I have a hard time loading film in my camera, I use a sledge hammer!


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    The only one that makes me nuts is my Oly IS. It has one of those annoying systems where you just "lay" the film into a predetermined spot, and close the back. It almost never catches properly the first time, and the basic "film curl" always pops it up out of position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoncatcher View Post
    The only one that makes me nuts is my Oly IS. It has one of those annoying systems where you just "lay" the film into a predetermined spot, and close the back. It almost never catches properly the first time, and the basic "film curl" always pops it up out of position.
    Weird - I was just about to post that the simplest 35mm loader I ever used was the Olympus Mju/Stylus. Close the back with the film in any position and a bunch of pixies set to work engaging the take-up.

    I agree on the start at the end idea. Most take up problems derive from the user not wanting to expose enough film for proper leader connection.

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    I had a devil of a time loading Fuji neopan 1600 into my Canon AE-1 P this last time. Lots of curl going the wrong way. Didn't seem like Kodak Gold 200 was as difficult. Is Kodak film thicker? The reverse winding cameras seem harder to load, especially with Fuji.
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    I had a bitch loading the Rollei 35 S the first time, but you get use to it with time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rol_Lei Nut View Post
    I also find the Pentax 6x7 pretty akward: I'll certainly try the trick of not removing the tape until the spool is in place.
    I found my 6x7 awkward also, until I tried this tip--it really works! Before that I'd sometimes have no trouble, and other times fumble around so much that I'd start to wonder if I was losing motor skills. Now it's a snap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    If I have a hard time loading film in my camera, I use a sledge hammer!


    Jeff
    Hey Jeff, I used to do that too, but I found I had to use a crowbar to get it out. All those extra tools really weighed down the camera bag! Try a little, um, "lubricant" instead.
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    Loading my Pentax 6x7 is still the least graceful thing I do in life. And this isn't exactly a hijack of the 35mm thread. The 67 is kind of a big 35. With a shutter that scares children and wildlife for miles around.

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    i always thought that my pen ft was very difficult to load ...
    it turns out that a part was broken ... i sent it john hermanson and
    he fixed it, and NOW the camera loads easy

    thanks john !
    im empty, good luck

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