Tips on loading 4x5 sheet film

Panos Voudouris
8 min readOct 9, 2020

As a new large format film user I spent a fair bit of time watching videos and reading how to load film. Coming from smaller formats the concept of having to load film is quite alien at first, simple when you are ready to try it and actually quite frustrating as you actually get to do it!

So far I have loaded 25 or so sheets and have picked up a few tricks that I didn’t find in the videos and articles I read. In this article I will attempt to put them all together so that you can have a checklist and walkthrough for your first attempts!