Quicker still with a pair of scissors. It's not an exact science Mickey, a slightly longer tongue is all you need. If know how to load a Leica/Zorki properly they can be loaded with an un-modified film.
I have never owned a Leica or a Zorky so that leaves me out in the cold.
There was a time when I used to buy bulk film and load the cassettes myself. That little technologically advanced device made tonguing them a snap.
I still use it occasionally as my diminishing stock of test films sticks their tongue out once too often.
Should have read "..if one knows how to load a leica/Zorki..." I bulk loaded shiploads of film at one time and dont remember cutting a neat tongue. As long as I could get it in the slot I was OK. Mind you I didnt have a Leica or Zorki then.
Well, my all-time favorite camera is definitely not a digital, even though I own four, the best of which is a fairly new acquisition for me -- a NEX 7.
No, my favorite camera is the camera that has been my favorite for over 30 years -- the Canon Original F-1, specifically the second version, often referred to as the F-1n. I've come to rely on and deeply appreciate its metering pattern, its dead-nuts accurate meter and its versatility. But what I appreciate about it the most is it just keeps going and going and going . . . a never say die camera. I finally bought a New F-1 a couple of years ago and I can now see for myself why the pros liked it so much. It is at least as rugged as the original and it has many nice improvements. But as cool as it is, I still prefer the original.
The New F-1 probably ties with my second most favorite camera -- the Nikon F2. With a 72xxxx serial number, I've owned mine for almost 25 years. I love its bullet-proof reliability and superb craftsmanship. And the MD-2/MB-1 motor drive is hands-down, one of the coolest around.
Someone commented an the film "best camera" thread that the good thing about film is that it has more latitude. I really have to disagree with that. I have digital images--especially RAW ones, that almost look black. But Photoshop or Nikon Capture NX2 reveal there is a lot of detail lurking in that darkness--much more than one would find in an underexposed slide of color negative.
Here are some tests I have done regarding latitude of film (C41) compared to digital.
Most C41 and b&w film have considerable overexposure advantage over all current digital sensors as exemplified below - even when using RAW. I have done this same test with other current DSLRs - like the Nikon D800, with the same results.
Knowing the characteristics of each individual film, I can then use it in practical applications as follows. Say I come upon a scene and wanted to smooth out the water flow. My camera meters the scene at 1/60 but I really need 1/2 or 1 second but I don't have the appropriate ND filters so I simply overexpose by 5 or 6 stops knowing I can still get good results such as shown below.
Kodak Ektar 100 overexposed by 5 stops. Scanned with minimal post processing.
Kodak Portra 400 latitude offers recovery of dark areas (radiator) and highlights (map).
I have done similar tests with numerous other film types/brands so I know what I can expect to get out of them given certain lighting conditions.
Last Edit: Jun 10, 2015 9:34:32 GMT -5 by lesdmess