Depends on your definition of "normal". For years, Kodak and most other
makers of 35mm film supplied film with the long leaders required by Leicas.
That was my definition of normal. These short leaders are late-blooming
Tullahoma, TN USA
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From: "Andrew Fildes" <afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Olympus Camera Discussion" <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: [OM] Nathan's PAD 22/3/2010: Leica at the Chandos
> Screw-mount Leicas require a film 'leader' about twice as long as
> normal - they are a bugger to load. To help, Leica made a template
> called an ABLON (once every Leica product had a five letter code and
> Oh there were a lot of them). It was a flat, slotted metal device that
> you could slip the film end into and simply trim by running a knife
> around the edge. Of course, original ABLON's now command a good price
> so you can get reproductions and recently I saw someone selling little
> leather pouches for them out of China.
> Andrew Fildes
> On 23/03/2010, at 10:13 PM, Chuck Norcutt wrote:
>> What film trimming ritual?
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