Originally Posted by mickjazz
Have a new for me Minolta 16 II . I don't know if it has a roll of film left in it. Is there a simple way to know if it is loaded with film without opening it in a dark room or changing bag?
Well no, the push pull action is a little harder but that varies camera to camera anyway. Also note, every time you open and close the camera the film (if in there) advances even if you don't release the shutter. So, if it has film in it and you have opened and closed it then every time you do you will have a blank frame.
Really, the Minolta 16 range are a do it yourself camera from start to finish. There is no new film available and if you want to use the camera regularly you will have to obtain cartridges, load your own film and do your own processing. That is really the only practical way to proceed. This also may mean slitting down 35mm or 120 film into 16mm wide strips to have film to load into the cartridges. The cartridges can be reloaded with the usual caution of careful handling and pay attention to keeping them as clean and dust free as you can. Even so getting scratch free negatives is a constant problem. I believe ORWO may still have 16mm B&W negative film but I'm not sure.