It's been years since I've used a film camera(Have a k1000 on the way ), and even then it was mainly disposables or cheap 35mm camera's. I never remember having to load film in any real darkness, just in standard lighting. Do you need to? I bought a XG-1 and that didn't work, but I didn't find that out until loading it with film(In normal room light). I then took that film out and put it back in the little canister and put it away along with bringing back the XG-1. Is that film, or at least those first few frames ruined? It is 200 color 24exp film.