How far should I wind?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by msitaraman, Oct 31, 2000.

  1. What is the minimum number of times I should wind the lever of an M6 after loading film the standard way (i.e. as per the loading diagram printed inside)?

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    I'm paranoid about the film leader being fogged and so I usually wind to frame 1. But what is the least I can get away with with fresh film?

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    A trivial question, but it would be useful to know and not have to think about it ever again :)
     
  2. The M6 is very frugal with film when loading as you may have
    noticed when looking at your negs. The frame numbers on the
    negative strip are usually a half frame behind (frame 2 is 1a on
    the strip). I am looking at an unmounted roll of Provia F right now
    and that is the case. I think that this is frugal enough! I would not
    try to start shooting with the counter at 0. I can usually get 38,
    sometimes 39, exposures on a roll but am thinking of stoping at
    35 as this is easier to store in standard negative files and you do
    not run into the problem of the last exposure being cut off when
    getting processed commercially.

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    Cheers
     
  3. I use to be quite anal about loading my M's, really extracting quite
    a lot of film, but now I simply engage the leader in the splines of
    the take-up reel, wind a tiny bit until the upper sprocket hole
    engage the upper sprocket teeth... then close the back and attach the
    bottom.

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    I advance and fire the camera twice from that point. Last weekend I
    covered an event in town and shot 10 rolls of film, all loaded in
    quite a rush, so I wouldn't miss anything. On 6 rolls, I had
    negatives with two perfect pictures of my feet, and on 4 rolls, one
    total picture with another partially fogged..(By my feet, I mean the
    ground where I stood advancing the film to my "first" frame.)

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    I would be very confident to advance and fire the camera twice, AFTER
    the bottom plate is installed. Even this would more that likely be
    one more than is needed, but in the big picture (pun intended)... is
    it worth risking an important shot for one extra frame?
     
  4. Yep. That's about it. Two frames to be conservative. One frame if
    you like living on the edge and pushing the edge of the envelope.

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    regards,

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    Bob F.
     
  5. Thank you. Two frames it is.
    Just to confirm, by two frames you mean
    wind-click, wind-click, wind
    rather than
    wind-click, wind
    ?
    I appear to have lost he ability to describe this process in plain English... :)
     

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