- Switch camera on. Then open back cover by pulling up on back release while sliding lock release to the right.
- After placing film cartridge in film chamber, push back release all the way in. (If release will not go all the way in, move release to its rewind-crank position and rotate it slightly to the right or left; see p. 21.)
- Slide tipo of film leader into a slot in the take-up spool. Make sure film does not protrude from another slot. Also check that tooth on the take-up spool aligns with a hole in edge of film.
- While holding film against sprocket with your left hand, release shutter and operate film advance lever until film is wound firmly around take-up spool. Make sure that teeth in sprocket engage holes in both edges of film, and that slack in film is taken up.
- After making sure that film is taut, close back cover by pressing until it clocks shut.
- Release shutter and advance film until index in frame counter points to "1". During film advance, center of rewind crank will rotate counterclockwise when film is advancing properly. (If it does not rotate during film advance stroke, open back cover and repeat steps 3 to 6.
- Until film has been advanced to the first frame, only the camera's shutter release will operate. Film speed cannot be set until "1" appears in frame counter.
- Until film has been advanced to the first frame, shutter is set to 1/4000 and aperture to lens' minimum aperture.
Film loading precautions
- Always load film in subdued light or at least shaded from direct sunlight.
- Before opening camera back, check if film is loaded by referring to film window. If film is loaded, check that it is completely rewound by rotating rewind crank clockwise until it turns freely.
- Do not touch any parts or areas shown in blue.
- Make sure film is taut before closing back cover.
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. Do not force the film advance lever. When film advance is not possible with normal pressure, rewind film.
The film advance lever swings out away from the camera body so you can slip your right thumb behind it. After exposure, advance film by moving lever 128 degrees in direction shown. This can be done in a single stroke or several short strokes.
After film is advanced to the first frame, film-speed setting is automatically displayed in the data panel. If setting is the one you want, touch operating button. You are now ready to take pictures.