OK TO WIND M6 W/ OUT BASEPLATE ON?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by bob_mac, Nov 17, 2000.

  1. I was just curious if it was ok to wind/fire an m6 while loading film with the base plate off. Will it cause any harm to the camera? Should there be pressure on the take up spool? What is the proper way.
    Note. I usually feel the film to the take up spool and the click 2 frames, the replace the base plate.

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    Sorry if this topic has been discussed before. :)

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    thanks,
    Mac
     
  2. Copied from an earlier post:

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    I talked to the Leica technician at Kindermann Canada and he
    said it was hard on the wind release/counter mechanism. Not as
    bad as trying to do double exposures but not a good idea none
    the less.

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    The problem that some M cameras have is with the leading
    edge of the film getting caught on the edge of the camera's film
    gate. When you put the baseplate back on it jams the film
    between the film gate and the baseplate positioning disc. A roll
    of film comes with a kink in it right where it comes out of the
    magazine. When you are loading, flip open the back of the
    camera and make sure that the leading edge of the film is past
    the camera's film gate, place the film according to the diagram,
    button it up and there will be no misloads ever.

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    Some M cameras are more suseptible to having the film catch
    on the film gate than others. I have never been able to come up
    with a reasonable explanation for this. It helps if you slide the
    film magazine in first with the film going in on a slight angle
    (magazine low and the tip of film high). Once you practice this, it
    becomes very natural and quick to do.

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    Most people like to blame the take up spool for misloads but, if
    the film clears the gate, it is pushed into position by the
    baseplate's positioning wheel and always lines up correctly.

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    If you want absolutely fool proof loads so you can lend your
    camera to your deaf, blind and dumb friend, just get a ABLON
    film trimming template for the old screw mount cameras and
    trim the film leader. I sometimes do this if I am shooting a whack
    of film in a theater as I or my unsuspecting friend can load the
    cameras without openning the back at all. Too time consuming
    for regular shooting though.

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    Cheers
     

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