Loading and unloading

 Sheet Film into the Holder.


It is a good idea to make yourself familiar with loading sheet film into the film holder.

1) to practice start with a sheet of film (old useless negative) with open eyes in daylight.

2) next with closed eyes

3) finally practice the procedure in the dark room, bag or tent or a cabinet.


Film package 

The film package exist out of three boxes: Cover, bottom and inner box with plastic bag. 

Inside the plastic bag we'll find a hard cover containing the sheet films separated by sheets of paper.

Tip: keep notes about the number of used sheets on the outside of the box.



Take one of your film sheet holders and clean the inside from dust. Make sure that the white or metal side is up.

The holder has two different handles to distinguish between film which has been exposed or not.


The next procedure has to be done in total darkness.

Draw the dark slide of the holder halfway out. You may have to turn the lock hook on top of the holder.

Take a sheet film out of the package in full darkness. 

Open the hinged bottom frame of the dark slide and slide the sheet inside the holder between and below the guides.

Make sure that you insert the corrugated side on the right side up into the open holder.

That means the notches on the right side up




Make sure that the sheet film slides in between the sliding groves. You do that by the feeling.

Please check and double check with your fingers to make sure the sheet film is well positioned.

Check by tilting the negative a bit.

Once the sheet film is in position push it all the way up, you may close the hinged slot and push the slide all the way back into the closed frame.

Make sure the hinged slot can not be opened after the dark slide has been pushed back all the way into the holder.

Lock the dark slide by turning the hook on top of the holder.

After having loaded the holder make sure to close the sheet film box.

Switch the light on and you may place the holder on the back of your camera.


Unloading after exposure

Unlock the holder and remove it from the back of your camera.

After exposure and having pushed the dark slide back into the holder, secured by turning the hook over the end of the dark slide, you may unlock the holder from the back of the camera, 

Place the holder in de dark tent. Make sure the tent is light tight. Preferable work in dimmed room, avoiding direct sunlight.

Draw the dark slide halfway out of the holder. Next tilt the sheet film with the nail of your finger and grab the edge of the film to pull the negative out of the holder.




Open the dark slide grab the negative and pull it out of the holder.

Tip: Use an empty film package to store the exposed films temporality before loading them into the developing tank.


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