If you are new to bottom-loading cameras- You MUST trim the film leader to about 5inches. The camera can jam if you do not. Also- until you get used to it, take the lens off and set the shutter to "B". You can confirm that the film lines up with the sprockets and transports through the mechanism. You'll get used to loading it, and can quit this after the first few rolls. Even after skipping this step, always take up the slack on the new roll using the rewind knob, and watch it turn as film gets pulled through the camera. You will get used to it. I just loaded up my Nicca 3 this afternoon. It's been treated to a full CLA and new shutter curtains.