Loading the magazine (from the Arriflex SR2 Manual)


The film must be threaded with the emulsion inwards. With single perforated film care must be taken that only “winding B” film is used.

To load the film, the magazine lid on the film supply side (35) must be unlocked and swung open and the pressure roller (a) must be swung back until it engages. The magazine must be loaded in a dark room or in a film changing bag.

When using raw stock on plastic cores the film core holder (g) is put on the feed shaft, the film roll with the core is pushed onto the film core holder and secured by swinging the flap back and tightening it. Daylight loading spools are placed directly on the feed shaft and also secured.

CARE! Should self-wound rolls be used (e.g. a part of a larger roll of raw stock) do not fold the film end over before placing it in the slit of the plastic core as it may jam in the magazine throat or film channel and cause damage.

The film head must always run in the direction of the arrow. Single perforated film is threaded with the perforation to the outside, as shown by the symbolunder the threading slot. .Film run in direction of the arrow and the correct positioning of the perforations can only be obtained when “B winding” film is used as previously described.

The pressure roller (a) is then placed onto the film roll so that the film roll is stabilized with the guiding edges; at the same time It also operates the film supply indicator; Not for daylight spools!

Slide the film head, which should be cut straight and through the middle of a perforation hole, into the feed slot of the magazine, turning the magazine gear slightly in the direction of the arrow until a perforation hole is felt to be gripped; push the film on until the film head reappears from the magazine throat above the pressure plate. This operation can be made lighter if the film head Is pushed into the feed slot before the film roll or daylight loading spool is fixed to the feed shaft as described above. The magazine lid is then shut and secured by turning the hinged knob (32) to the right.

All further steps can be carried out in the light.

The next step is to pull the firm around the magazine until the loop length marker is reached; the wind-up magazine cover (13) is released and opened up and the exact measured length of film is pushed, without changing its length at all, into the magazine throat of the take-up sprocket until the plastic magazine gear (b) moves in the direction of the arrow. Only then can the magazine gear be turned by hand in the same direction {so that the film length remains unchanged) until the film head appears in the take-up area.

The pressure roller is then swung back and the film is attached to the standard expansion film core (c) in the take- up compartment – (see illustration). Holding the magazine gear stationary, the film core is turned in the direction of the engraved arrow (i.e. clockwise) until the film is taut; the magazine gear is then released and the film core is turned a full turn to ensure that the film is tightly gripped. Finally the pressure roller is swung back into its position so that the edges are in alignment with the film; the magazine cover then is replaced and secured.


When a plastic film core is used, the standard film holder is pushed onto the wind-up pole until it engages and the plastic film core is then pushed onto it. The slit for fastening the film must point with its pointed corner in the run direction. The film-head should only be folded once (NOT several times) and inserted into the film core slit; the film is then made taut as described above.

Arriflex SR Camera Manual


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