Originally Posted by Focalplane
Very nice job on the tutorial by the way..…
I've used many home made wrist straps and yours is a nice one but, I've found when using a wrist strap changing the film becomes problematic as one hand is holding the camera via strap (or not) and one is holding the bottom plate. … you can't unload and reload film with the wrist strap on-!
Thanks Focalplane - I start to do these little tutorials, to practice my flash photography and quick website building. It's a fun process for me.
The "different" loading of the Leica M with wrist strap vs neck strap has been mentioned in my documentary.
At first, I always needed a 3rd or 4th hand to do it without dropping the whole setup.
Now it goes like this:
-engage rewind lever
-rewind film (I still use my right hand to rewind - decide carefully on strap length)
-I pull the leader in - that makes for a quicker rewind
-move out the film advance lever (for easy access to make the first advances with open camera)
-turn the camera upside down, base plate facing up, lens facing away from me, camera resting between thumb and index finger of my right hand, film advance lever falls naturally into my thumb
-prepare one fresh roll of film and hold with teeth (open film container remains in left hand)
-open base plate
-put base plate in a jeans pocket
-pull exposed film out of camera, slip in open container and rest in pocket
-push new roll into chamber with left index finger, holding leader between left thumb and middle finger
-pull leader until edge of camera housing and insert into take up spool (I love the Leica spools - so much easier to load than Nikons)
-align film and secure film on the sprocket wheel of the take up spool
-wind and release two frames
-close back and put bottom plate back on
I took the precise description - you can walk yourself through, if you want. I think this is some material for a short upcoming tutorial on my web site - I could practice some photography involving peoples hands.
This way demands a certain skill of handling several things with one hand at once. This is hard to do for clumsy people and almost impossible, if one is drunk.
I have tried the neck strap around wrist way and always found it uncomfortable. A proper wrist strap is unobstrusive - you should not feel a difference between shooting a naked camera or one with a strap.
I am a pansie and don't want to drop it … so strap for me