Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/25

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: NOW...M6 piece of cake.
From: "Steve Unsworth" <>
Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 18:32:07 +0200


So how do you like the Rapidwinder? I've had no loading problems either
with mine - I think the trick is as you say, make sure the sprockets are
engaging the holes.


- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Guy
Sent: 25 May 2002 19:20
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: NOW...M6 piece of cake.

>The older cameras are better as they have a pronounced curve on the 
>film gate edge. I have never had problems loading my M2 or my M4-2s; 
>never had to flip down the back. When loading my M6TTL, I have to flip 
>open the back and make sure it has slipped past or it will jam every 
>time. I find it helps to load the film cartridge in first so that the 
>film goes across the gate at an angle. [snip]
>John Collier

Back to B.D.'s favorite subject I see...

Now, as for TTL loading... wait a minute, that doesn't sound right. Some
smart a** is going to accuse me of trying to load the film through the

As I was saying, as for loading a TTL, no problem, unlike what John has
reported above. I just drop in the film, see to it that a bit of the
leader is in the take up spool, then I make sure that the sprocket teeth
are engaging the perforations on the film and that's that. I've never
had a misload.

BTW, I've been using a Rapidwinder for about a month now, sans tulip.
Never had a misload there either. If you've made sure that the film
perforations are engaged by the sprocket teeth no tulip is necessary, as
some [including Tom A. who made the thing] have said.

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