The quick and easy way to load your Smena 8m with redscale film, or any camera with a removable take up spool!
So, I was fiddling around with my Smena a few weeks back, and I decided that finally I would test out a theory… could I simply move the take up spool to the other side of the camera (where the film normally goes) and put the film in its place… therefore resulting in the back of the film facing the lens… aka REDSCALE!!!
And guess what!!! It works!
This tipster is super quick, super easy and EXCEEDINGLY satisfying.
What do you need? A Smena 8M, or any camera with a removable take up spool, a roll of 35mm, 1 piece of sticky tape… THAT’S IT!!!
Why bother fiddling around in the dark loading an empty spool or folding your film so it faces backwards??
Step 1: Simply remove the take up spool, put it in the section where the film usually goes.
Step 2: Put the film where the spool would normally go.
Step 3: Shut the camera door…
Step 4: Imagine you are rewinding the film, rewind until you feel you’ve got to the end of the film, basically all the film is now on the spool side… DON’T OPEN THE CAMERA!
Step 5: Take photos like normal, wind on the winder like normal, from now on everything is exactly the same as with a normal roll of film.
What to remember:
- It’s best to tape the film leader to the take up spool because it will be spinning around backwards…
- There will be increased resistance when you roll the film on, don’t worry, it’s normal.
- The film will be returning to the canister THE WRONG WAY AROUND, so you don’t want the film to go all the way back into the canister when it’s finished, otherwise you’ll never get it out again! The tape will help you know when you get to the end, and should prevent you from winding it all the way in, but this isn’t fool proof! Keep an eye on your counter!
- Don’t forget redscale film needs to be shot 2 iso levels down, so if you have 400 iso film you need to shoot at 100iso, if you have 200iso you need to shoot at 50iso!
This technique is great for shooting both sides, once you’ve done the red side, remove and put it all back in like normal and shoot the other way, when you’ve finished that round and rewind it will all be back in the canister the right way around!!!
The pictures here are all from my redscale technique, which I then film swapped with the fantastic @pixiecloud, who shot the normal side!