In response to Steve on my Fed Zarya post http://www.cloudyimages.co.uk/fed-zarya-a-magical-rare-and-beautiful-camera/ - its sounds like you are missing the ‘take up’ spool. I’ve heard of many an unscrupulous Ebay sale of a working FSU camera but arrives without the spool. Personally I wont use Ebay as I’ve been stung before. Its what the seller does not say that you have to worry about. And now sellers can have negative responses removed the majority of sellers seem to be con merchants touting broken stuff at top shop prices. Admittedly, there are honest traders using Ebay but they really do seem to be in the minority. In my opinion if you want a finely tuned, totally re-hauled beautiful FSU camera, then I highly recommend www.fedka.com I am totally delighted with the cameras I have bought from him.
A spare spool should only cost a couple of quid, but really should come with a camera. Do try and get one, the Zarya is such a lovely camera to use.
Anyway – rant over. Here’s a step by step guide to loading one of these beauties for the first time.
Loading FSU or Leica screwmount cameras can be baffling at first. Especially if its a bottom loader as you have to cut a long feeder on the film and slip the take up spool and canister into the camera ensuring the film slides through a very narrow gap. There is an alternative method of poking credit cards into the intricate workings of a bottom loader – NEVER do this, unless you want to run the risk of destroying your machine. But thankfully with the Fed Zarya, 3 etc the bottom and back come off in one piece making the process easier.
If you think that was fiddly then you should try loading the RoBoT 1 !