I got a Bolex H 16 (Rex 2 I think) several years back, but I haven't had the pleasure of using it much mostly due to the cost of 16mm film and the fact that I've been very happy shooting super 8 (which is expensive enough though slightly more economical). I've always held on to it though as I knew someday I'd want to get more serious, and now with the absence of color reversal film, I think the time has come to give this format another shot.
Just a very basic question before I get started though... As far as Kodak Vision negative film is concerned--do I have to load that in the camera in complete darkness or just subdued light? I thought I had heard once that "daylight spools" could be loaded in a daylight environment--that is to say, slightly shielded within a camera bag or something, even if outdoors (in other words, no special trip to the dark room required every time you load a spool). But I notice on the label of Kodak Vision film it states "load in complete darkness"...? This could be a problem for me as I've used the thing so infrequently that every time I open it up I have to ask myself, "okay how does thing work again"!
On a side note: I've only exposed three rolls of B&W film though this camera before, I believe it was all Plus-X. The first two rolls had quite a bit of exposure problems. It was weird--the exposure was locked on manual and the picture would be fine at first and then just wash out bright mid take and then go back to normal again, and so on. The third roll came out much better (which has helped renew my interest) though the exposure still flickered slightly in some of the outdoor daylight shots. Oddly, that roll had the worst storage of the three as I had kept it unrefrigerated in my closet for at least 5 years before exposing (the other two rolls had always been refrigerated before loading in my camera, yet much poorer results). I loaded all three rolls in my light subdued (but far from totally dark) bedroom. Should I have done this in total darkness?