RELOADING RADA (ROLLEI,WIRGIN, GOLDECK, ETC.) CASSETTES
RADA cassettes are about the easiest submini cassette to reload. There
is just one cassette and it's very similar to normal 35mm cassettes.
Memorize these instructions since you can't refer to them in the dark; better
yet, run through the steps with the lights on with scrap film.
Gather all your items together -- 16mm film, RADA cassette, scissors, 1/2"
black tape, and film template.
Wash your hands thoroughly, or use film gloves (obtainable at most camera
shops) in order to avoid getting oil or dirt on the film.
With the lights on, remove the tape securing the cap from the cassette.
Remove both cap.
Remove any tape and film from the spool.
Completely check the cassette for any loose dirt or film scraps.
Turn off the lights.
Cut a 24" length of film, using a template, ruler or whatever you can device.
A yardstick with a notch or piece of tape at 24" will work fine. The
type of 16mm film you use depends on the camera you have. Some cameras,
such as the Rollei cameras need single-perforated film to advance the film.
With these, you can use single perf or double perf film, but if you
use double perf film the additional set of perforations will end up in the
picture. Other cameras do not use perforations so you can use any type
of 16mm film, but depending on the cameras, you could end up with perforations
in the image if you use perforated film.
Connect the film to the feeder spool. You have two options here. You
can cut a 1/4 inch tongue in the middle of the film and slip it into the
slot on the spool, but this is difficult and prone to breakage. A better
approach is to use a piece of tape. Wind the tape around the spool
so that it connects to the front and back of the film. Then wind the
film tighly into a roll and pull out a 1" leader. Make sure that the emulsion
in wound in toward the center of the roll.
Slip the leader through the film outlet while dropping the roll of film into
the cassette. The film slot can be difficult to find in the dark, so you
may need to practice with the lights on with a scrap piece of film. If you
are using single perforated film with a Rollei, make sure the perforated
edge of the film goes into the cassette first.
Place the cap back on the cassette.
Turn on a dim light.
Check to make sure that the film is loaded correctly -- emulsion toward the
lens and perforations in first.
Attach the cap with 1/2" black tape.
Place the reloaded cassette in its protective case. A regular 35mm
cassette holder will work, too.
Mark the outside of the case with the type of film.
Too bad all of the 16mm cameras did not use the RADA
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