How to Load Film into the Nikon N70 (F70)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 9, 2021
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How to Load Film into the Nikon N70

This will show you step-by-step how to load film into your Nikon N70. In Europe and other markets, the camera was also sold as the Nikon F70. If this is your first time using your Nikon N70, make sure to read through the before you load film section.

Before You Load Film

Check the Batteries

Nikon N70 CR123A Batteries

The Nikon N70 uses two CR123A batteries. The batteries can easily be found in stores and online. These are required for the N70 to operate as it is completely electronically controlled.

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 N70 has a film window on the back of the camera to see if there is a 35mm canister in the camera.

If there is a 35mm film roll loaded into the camera, you can follow these steps on how to rewind and remove the film from the Nikon N70.

Make Sure the Nikon N70 Functions Correctly

If your Nikon N70 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 loaded in the camera, press the shutter button and listen for the shutter to fire.

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

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 N70 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 N70. 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 N70, slide the button down on the side of the camera. This will cause the film door to pop open.
    Open Nikon N70 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.
    Load 35mm film canister into the Nikon N70

  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.
    Pull film leader over to Nikon N70 take-up spool

  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.
    Close Nikon N70 Film Door

  5. Turn the camera on.

    The frame counter will show 'E' and there will be a film roll icon shown on the LCD.
    Film loaded into the Nikon N70

  6. Press the shutter button to advance the film to the first frame.

    The film will automatically be advanced to the first frame. The frame counter on the LCD will show a 1.
    First frame on the Nikon N70

  7. 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 film will need to be rewound by pressing both film rewind buttons. You can see how to do it by following this guide on how to unload film from the Nikon N70.

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

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