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#1 zanardi

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 03:34 PM

Can someone please give an extensive description or picture/photo guide to loading the k-3, cause i just go mine all the way from across the world and am dubious about sending it back to be repaired if i break it. thx
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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 07:43 PM

Can someone please give an extensive description or picture/photo guide to loading the k-3, cause i just go mine all the way from across the world and am dubious about sending it back to be repaired if i break it. thx

Java photo among others will sell you an english version of the K-3 manual. or download
http://www.k3camera....s/2004k3man.pdf

After you try this with a scrap roll of film, ask again if anything is unclear.
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#3 Robert Glenn

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 01:13 AM

get some scrap film. you can accomplish so much with scrap film..
I've been practicing k3 loading the past few days.. it's somewhat tricky to get going but it runs problem free after it gets going. you can move the rollers by the way. There's a spring pin that you can pull up that will let the rollers swing out just a big..
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#4 Mark Dunn

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 01:10 PM

It really is quite easy to remove the auto-threading mechanism, and manual loading is a breeze. There are instructions on the K3 site. But don't do it if you're not slightly handy.
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#5 Will Montgomery

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 08:37 PM

Don't get too caught up in loop size; it doesn't matter too much... really... I mean... my loop size is fine. As long as it doesn't touch any metal on top or bottom.

Watch the presure plate, make sure its seated properly, its easy to miss that when loading quickly.

Even when you think you've done everything properly, be prepared for a roll or two to come back jacked-up. Get to know the sound of your camera, and the sound different films make. Kodachrome sounds different than negative stock, and b&w sounds different again. After a while you'll notice if it isn't sounding right.
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#6 Tony Driver

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 07:05 AM

I've been practising with some scrap film, but I'm not entirely sure it's transporting properly. It's going through smoothly enough, but it's making a bit of noise..

Will it affect the picture? ie flicker that kinda thing?
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#7 Dennis Kisilyov

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 12:40 PM

Olex has a way better guide for Loading, Manual and Auto for the K-3

Here is the link:

http://www.geocities...film-manual.htm
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#8 Will Montgomery

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 05:21 PM

Olex has a way better guide for Loading, Manual and Auto for the K-3

Here is the link:

http://www.geocities...film-manual.htm


If we could only load in that kind of light!

Guess I never thought about actually removing the pressure plate... seems like that method might be a little hard in a changing bag but then any method of loading a K3 is pretty hard until you do it for a while.
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#9 Mateusz Kukla

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 10:44 AM

If we could only load in that kind of light!

Guess I never thought about actually removing the pressure plate... seems like that method might be a little hard in a changing bag but then any method of loading a K3 is pretty hard until you do it for a while.



It's not so hard. Just practise with some dummy. I've loaded my first spool without a problem (but I was supposed to respooled it which is a b***ch). Now, I've loading next spools without any problems, just have a good knowledge what is inside and that's all. And read other posts about this thing, cuz here is many of them and the advices that giving from the other guys from here are very helpful. cheers!
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 10:48 AM

If it's only making a BIT of a noise, it's broken! It should sound like a tractor! As long as it's not tearing sprockets, and the loops don't rub, it's most likey OK. But still test. You can make a collage film out of the test roll.
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#11 ryan_bennett

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 03:37 PM

You put the lime in the coconut - Sorry I couldn't help myself. Try testing the film and if you need more help type k-3 into the search in this forum.
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