RELOADING YASHICA Y-16 CASSETTES
The Y16 is sort of a 110 cassette as the film plane is part of the cassette
mechanism. Yashica made a film loader for this camera, so we know that the
manufacturer designed the cassette to be reloaded. This cassette has
a reputation as one of the more difficult ones to reload , but if you practice
on a scrap of film first you won't have any problem -- and you won't need
a film loader either. You start with the usual 18 to 20 inches of 16mm
film (any type of perforation will work). Since it is a daylight
cassette, all of the reloading takes place in the dark, unlike with other
cassettes. This makes things much more difficult as you will discover.
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, cassettes, scissors, 1/2" black
tape, and film template.
With the lights on, pop the top off of the cassette. You may need to
remove one or two strips of tape.
Turn out the lights.
Cut a length of film.
Tightly roll up the film with the emulsion side IN.
Tuck the rolled film into the small film feeder compartment while holding
on to the leader.
Slip the film through the presssure plate and around the film guide. The
film takes a hair pin turn to get behind the pressure plate and the emulsion
side will face out.
Tape the film leader to the removeable takeup spool with the EMULSION SIDE
OUT. The spool then slips onto the takeup spindle in the film cassette.
You'll probably need to rotate the spool slightly to get the gears
to mesh. (If you don't have the film spool, you can still reload the
cassette but it is much more difficult. Please note that the only part
of the takeup spool that rotates is the very top section -- with the gears
-- so make sure you attach the film only to this top section. It's
a good idea to try to get tape attached to more than one tooth on the take
E. Put the cover back on. Most covers have an indented section which
goes over the cassette window. Then tape the cassette closed.
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