How to load a Fed Zarya

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.

Base plate

On the base plate are two twist locks, lift the grips and give them a half turn (one goes anti clockwise)

The inside of your Zarya should look like this

The inside of your Zarya should look like this

note the Take Up Spool on the right hand side

Note the Take Up Spool on the right hand side

 

Pull out the Take Up Spool. These are designed to be quite tough to yank out as it is only the friction that helps turn the spool when advancing.

Pull out the Take Up Spool. These are designed to be quite tough to yank out as it is only the friction that helps turn the spool when advancing.

The Zarya without a Take Up Spool. (I guess this is what you have Steve)

The Zarya without a Take Up Spool.
(I guess this is what you have Steve)

 

Slide your film under the tongue and ensure the little hook falls into one of the sprocket holes. NB both the film cassette and spool have one end longer than the other - these should be pointing downwards and the film loads to the opposite side of the spool axel

Slide your film under the tongue and ensure the little hook falls into one of the sprocket holes.
NB both the film cassette and spool have one end longer than the other – these should be pointing downwards and the film loads to the opposite side of the spool axel

Push the Take Up Spool back into place before dropping your film cassette into place on the left hand side. Use the rewind knob to take up any slack and ensure the teeth on the right hand side are sitting snugly in the sprocket holes. then replace the back and twist the locks.

Push the Take Up Spool back into place before dropping your film cassette into place on the left hand side.
Use the rewind knob to take up any slack and ensure the teeth on the right hand side are sitting snugly in the sprocket holes.
Then replace the back and twist the locks.

 

Twist the collar around the shutter to the 'c' position to engage the film. NB you have to twist this to the 'n' to allow the film to rewind once you have shot your roll.

Twist the collar around the shutter to the ‘c’ position to engage the film.
NB you have to twist this to the ‘n’ to allow the film to rewind once you have shot your roll.

Take a couple of blind shots and then twist the frame counter so that the '0' is inline with the little arrow. If you want you can adjust the film reminder too - but i never bother with this.

Take a couple of blind shots and then twist the frame counter so that the ’0′ is inline with the little arrow.
If you want you can adjust the film reminder too – but i never bother with this.

And then you are ready to go out and play!!

And then you are ready to go out and play!!

If you think that was fiddly then you should try loading the RoBoT 1 !

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