… but i learned to load my M6 by looking at a video on youtube that showed how to load an M fast and getting 39 frames per roll.
Very interested in that 39 frame loading technique ;-) I always get 37 frames with TRiX.
I always load this way:
- hold film in left hand
- drop film cassette halfway into camera
- pull the leader out of the cassette with the now free left hand until it just touches the camera housing on the take up spool side
- drop the film now completely into the camera (pushing film canister with left middle finger, pushing film edge on take-up spool side with left thumb)
- adjusting film with left thumb through small window between sprocket wheel and film gate (don't push and wiggle the film through the film gate opening - somebody will at one point bump into you while loading, resulting in your thumb sticking through the shutter curtain)
- wind one frame, while back still open (this is probably redundant, resulting in only 37 frames)
- close backdoor,
replace bottom plate
- tighten rewind crank
- wind another frame (probably redundant as well)
ready to shoot at frame 0
Never force the film advance on your last frame, even if your frame is almost fully advanced.
Forcing it through can result in ripping the film out of the film canister, making you want to unload the camera in a darkroom - bad, if you are shooting in summer on the nude beach without any shadows or clothes in sight, to provide some dark place for unloading ;-P