can i load a 42 frames film in a TLXt?

Discussion in 'Minox' started by petitgas__, Oct 18, 1999.

  1. I just slitted a 35mm tmax film.It come out 4+ 42 frames films.What should be the load point for my TLX minox ? 36 frame is the maximum the camera can accept ??
  2. petitgas, my slitted film comes out 42+ frames too,
    it is great for Minox IIIs, and Minox B, because they have
    50 exp counter.
    When I use these 42+ length film in C or TLX, I just load it the
    same way as a 36 exp film, ie, at red dot between 0 and 36,
    and I just shoot 36 frame, and forget about the remaining;
    only in very rare case, when came to 36 exp, suddenly there was
    unexpected event happening, then I used those 'remaining' frames
    as spare frames, as there was not time to change film.
    But after the counter goes over 0 and back to 36 the second time,
    the frame spacing suddenly becomes quite wide, so you get about
    4 frames instead of 42-36=6 frames, and your shooting sequence will be
    counter 0, *, 36, 35,stop, advance two black frames: 34,33
    that brings the counter to #33.
    <p> The problem is now when you need to load a new cassette,
    you have to do 34 push- pulls and 34 pressing releases button to reset
    the counter to red dot for loading,
    that is quite tedious; after you try this once or twice,
    you will give up :)
    <p> That is why I simply treat the 42 film as regular 36 exp with
    "emergency spares"
    <p> However if you use these 42+ rolls on Minox EC or ECX,
    you may shoot 40 frames, ie shoot counter frames 0, *,36 ,35 than
    advance two frames as usually
    to #34,#33; take the cassette out, then use your thumb to reset the
    EC/ECX counter to red * without all those push-pull-press.
    Or alternatively, you may load your film at counter position -4
    push-pull twice as usually, now the counter will be at -2; you shoot
    -2, -1, 0, *, 36, 35... ect till your EC/ECX counter reaches 0 .

    <p> Simply put, film load longer than 36 is best for
    Minox III/IIIS/B, acceptable for EC/ECX, not worth the trouble for


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