NT Style Kiev 88 Film Magazine Loading
By Kevin Kalsbeek - Pictures added by Kevin Ing

The NT magazines are easy to identify, as they do not have the little round door on the back of the housing, and also, the NT magazine has a plastic shell on the rear of the magazine, which has a slot on the left side that holds the dark slide to prevent loss or damage.

Step 1
To remove the magazine from the camera body, make sure that the dark slide is completely inserted into the magazine, then slide the silver button at the top left of the magazine to the right (red arrow). The magazine will be released from the camera body.
Step 2
To open the magazine for loading, you will find a small circular latch with a small plastic lock tab on it on the upper right hand side of the magazine. Rotate the plastic tab counter-clockwise and hold it there, while pressing the chrome latch to the left to open the back. The door will spring open, and the film insert can be lifted out.
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Step 3
The roll of film must be inserted into the side of the magazine that has a small red mark on the side of the spool chamber. This mark will be important a bit later.

Remove the paper band from the film completely. Pull back on the metal arm that will hold the spool in place, insert the fresh roll of film. Be sure that the leader is coming out from the bottom of the spool (blue arrow), and swing the arm back up to engage the film spool. While doing this, make sure the paper stays tightly rolled to prevent light from fogging the film.

Step 4
Pull about four to five inches of the backing paper out and back around the pressure plate. Be sure that the yellow side of the backing paper is facing the pressure plate. Insert the leader into the slot in the empty spool.
Step 5
So that the leader will be feeding onto the take up spool from the bottom, wrap 1-1/2 to 2 turns of the backing paper around the takeup spool tightly, making certain that the backing paper is started straight on the spool and that the edges of the paper are not buckling against the ends of the spool, insert the takeup spool into it's chamber in the insert.
Step 6
Unfold the winding key located on the right hand side of the insert, and wind it in the direction of the arrow until the "start" arrow running across the width of the backing paper is aligned with the red mark located on the side of the feed spool chamber.

Step 7
Making sure that the dark slide is in it's proper position to prevent light from hitting the film, replace the insert into the housing and close it it, making sure that the cover latches.
Step 8
Rotate the winding key in the direction of the arrow until it locks and the figure "1" appears in the counter window. At this point the red indicator should change from red (uncocked, or fired) to white (cocked). Fold the winding key back down.
Step 9
Make sure that the camera's shutter is cocked, indicated by a white indicator in the small window located on the lower right side of the camera body, and install the magazine onto the camera body. It is important to make sure that the both the camera body and film magazine cocking indicators are white prior to installing the magazine to avoid "confusing" the frame counter and losing one or more frames of film.

Remove the dark slide and insert it into the holder on the back of the magazine (red arrow), and you are ready to shoot your first picture.

It is also helpful to tear one end off the film box and insert it into the back of the film magazine. (blue arrow) This way you will know what kind of film is loaded in it.

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When you have finished exposing the roll, unfold and rotate the winding key in the direction of the arrow until it turns freely with little resistance, indicating that the backing paper is free of the feed spool. Open the magazine, and making sure that the backing paper stays tightly wound to prevent fogging the film, remove the exposed film. Glue the backing paper firmly closed with the gummed paper band. The magazine is now ready to reload.

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Kevin Kalsbeek