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Loading film

  1. Switch the camera on. Then open the back cover by pulling up the back release while sliding the lock release to the right.
  2. After placing the film cartridge in the film chamber, push the back release all the way in. If the release will not go all the way in, move the release to its rewind-crank position and rotate it slightly to the right or left.
  3. Slide the tip of the film leader into a slot in the take-up spool. Make sure film does not protrude from another slot. Also check that a tooth on the take-up spool aligns with a hole in the edge of the film.
  4. While holding the film against the sprocket with your left hand, release the shutter and operate the film advance lever until the film is wound firmly around the take-up spool. Make sure that the teeth in the sprocket engage holes in both edges of film, and that slack in the film is taken up.
  5. After making sure that the film is taut, close the back cover by pressing until it clicks shut.
  6. Release the shutter and advance film until the index in the frame counter points to "1". During film advance, the center of the rewind crank will rotate counterclockwise if the film is advancing properly. If it does not rotate during film advance, open the back cover and repeat steps 3 to 6.
  • Until the film has been advanced to the first frame, the shutter release will be the only thing that functions. Autofocus, for example, won't work. Film speed cannot be set until "1" appears in the frame counter.
  • Until the film has been advanced to the first frame, shutter speed is set to 1/4000 and the aperture to the minimum for the lens.

Film loading precautions

  • Always load film in subdued light or at least shaded from direct sunlight.
  • Before you open the camera back, check if film is loaded by referring to the film window. If film is loaded, check that it is completely rewound by rotating the rewind crank clockwise until it turns freely.
  • Do not touch the shutter, film guide rails, DX contacts or the pressure plate.
  • Make sure film is taut before closing back cover.

Additional information

The frame number increases by one with each exposure. Common film lengths (12, 20, 24, and 36 exposures) are marked in red to signal that rolls with those numbers of exposures are almost finished. Film advance may stop before the number of exposures marked on the roll. In that case, do not force the film advance lever. When film advance is not possible with normal pressure, rewind the film.

Film-advance lever

The film advance lever swings out away from the camera body so you can slip your right thumb behind it. After exposure, advance the film by moving the lever 128 degrees to the right. This can be done in a single stroke or several short strokes.

Film speed setting

After the film is advanced to the first frame, the 9000 will set film speed (the sensitivity of the film to light) automatically if the film is DX coded. All modern films are DX coded. If you need to set the film speed manually, such as when using bulk-loaded film in reusable cartridges or when intentionally "pushing" or "pulling" the film, use the ISO adjustment button. While holding down the button, use the shutter speed lever to set the desired film speed. Film speed is displayed in the data panel as well as in the viewfinder as long as the ISO button is held down. When the batteries are removed, the camera will default to the DX setting or ISO 100 if no DX code can be found. "ISO 100" will blink in the data panel and the camera will be locked until the ISO button is pushed.


Click to see descriptions of the different parts.

This picture shows the lock release (at the top) and the metering selector, which also doubles as rewind crank and back release. Open the back by sliding the lock release to the right, as indicated by the small arrow, and pulling the metering selector all the way up.

Mounting index Bayonet mount Aperture stopdown pin Lens lock pin Lens release button Self timer LED Shutter speed up/down control DOF preview switch Lens contacts Aperture up/down control Focus mode switch Remote control terminal (covered) Matte screen Bottom contacts for accessories Battery compartment Rewind release Coupler for motorized film winding Coupler for motorized film rewind Handgrip PC socket Focus drive coupler Mirror Tripod socket Serial number Back release lock Lighting window Diopter adjustment dial Eyepiece shutter lever AEL button Accessory shoe Finder Film window Film advance lever On/off switch Multiple exposure button Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Exposure mode selector Shutter release button Self timer switch Exposure adjustment button Frame counter Back release/ rewind crank / metering selector ISO adjustment button Film guide rails Film guide rails Back removal lever Take up spool Shutter curtains Film winding sprockets Accessory back contacts Back release latch Rewind prong DX contacts Back/top Front/bottom Film chamber Alphabetical