How to Load Film in a Minolta Camera

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How to Load Film in a Minolta Camera
Loading film into a Minolta camera is a simple, fast process. (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from

The Minolta camera company was founded by Japanese inventor Kazuo Tashima in 1928. Minolta cameras are a staple among camera collectors, amateur photographers and professionals. In 1962 a specially modified Minolta camera was sent into orbit with John Glenn, capturing footage of America's first manned flight into orbit. These cameras feature a simple interface to make the photography experience user friendly, even for amateurs. Minolta cameras use 35mm film to capture photos, so ensure you have the correct film before attempting to load it into your camera.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open the back of your Minolta camera by sliding the small lever on the right side up. Brush out any debris or dust you find in the film compartment.

  2. 2

    Prime the film by pulling out the small part at the end of the reel. Be careful not to pull out too much or you will expose some of your frames to light, ruining them.

  3. 3

    Lift the spool from the film compartment using the lever on the top of the camera. Slide the film roll into the left side of the compartment, lining up the hold at the centre with the hole for the camera's spool. Push the spool back down into the compartment. Load the film end onto the catch at the right side of the film compartment.

  4. 4

    Close the compartment door and wind the film until it feels taut. Snap a picture and then rewind the film once more.

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