How to Load Film into the Nikon N60 (F60)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 1, 2021
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Nikon N60 Load Film

This will show you step-by-step how to load film into your Nikon N60. In other markets, the camera was also sold as the Nikon F60. If this is your first time using your Nikon N60, make sure to read through the before you load film section.

Before You Load Film

Check the Batteries

Nikon N60 CR123A Batteries

The Nikon N60 requires batteries to operate as it has an electronic shutter and built-in motor-drive.

The Nikon N60 uses two CR2 batteries, which can easily be found in stores and online.

Make Sure There is No Film Loaded in the Camera

If there is any film left in the camera, it will be ruined if it is exposed to light. The Nikon N60 has a film window on the back of the camera to see if there is a 35mm canister in the camera.

To remove a film canister from the N60, follow these steps on how to rewind and remove film from the Nikon N60.

Make Sure the Nikon N60 Functions Correctly

If your Nikon N60 has not been used in a long time or if it is your first time using the camera, check to make sure the camera is functioning correctly before loading film.

With fresh batteries and no film, press the shutter button and listen for the shutter to fire.

Nikon N60 EE Error

If you see a flashing 'EE' on the top LCD, you need to turn the aperture ring on the lens to the smallest aperture (highest number). This is done so that the camera can control the lens aperture.

Nikon N60 Set Lens Aperture

Do Not Load Film in Sunlight

You can ruin your film by loading it in direct sunlight or bright light.

Bright light increases the risk of light piping. When this happens light is able to penetrate through the light seal on the 35mm film canister.

The film is not guaranteed to be completely ruined. You could end up with varying degrees of fogging.

Fogging can produce a range of undesirable outcomes such as a loss of contrast, blown out streaks, or a completely exposed frame. If this problem occurs it should subside with progressive frames.

For Best Results, Use Fresh Film

You need to use film with a DX code on the canister so that the N60 can set the correct ISO for the film. There is no way to manually override the setting. All new film sold will have these codes on the canister.

Film degrades in quality over time. It should also not be exposed to hot temperatures like those in a car on a sunny day or attic during summer.

Expired film can be used, but you are not guaranteed predictable performance.

For the best results, use a fresh pack of film that is not expired. For a complete list of all types of film, check out the Best Nikon N60 Film, but for the most commonly available films, my recommendations are:

Step-by-Step How to Load Film

Time needed: 1 minute.

How to load film into the Nikon N60. For demonstration purposes, I am using a "bad" roll of film that has been exposed.

  1. Open the film door.

    To open the film door on the Nikon N60, slide the button down on the side of the camera. This will cause the film door to pop open.
    Nikon N60 Open Film Door

  2. Load the 35mm film canister.

    Tilt the film canister towards the bottom of the camera to make loading easier.
    Take note of the orientation of the film leader which should be towards the bottom of the camera. The film leader is the half-width cutout at the start of the film roll.
    Nikon N60 Load 35mm Film

  3. Pull the film leader over to the film take-up spool.

    Gently pull the tip of the film leader over to the red mark by the take-up spool.
    Make sure the perforations in the film leader are held in place by the sprockets on the bottom of the take-up spool.
    Nikon N60 Pull Film Leader

  4. Close the film door.

    Carefully close the film door. You will be able to see the film canister through the window in the film door.
    Nikon N60 Close Film Back

  5. The film will automatically advance to the first frame.

    If the camera is not already on, turn it on. The film will automatically be advanced to the first frame. The frame counter on the LCD will show a 1.
    Nikon N60 Frame Counter

  6. You're ready to take photographs.

    Congratulations! Your camera is now correctly loaded with film and ready to shoot.
    Once you've shot the roll of film, the camera will automatically rewind the film. If you want to remove the film before the roll is done, check out this guide on how to unload film from the Nikon N60.

Where to develop film? You can do it at home, or send it off to a lab to be developed and scanned.

Nikon N60 Resources

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