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What happens when the film is pulled out?


I kind of needthis back son, but whenever is fine. Thak you foryour time. At my graduation my mother accidentaly pulled out all of the film from my camera. Long story, I am relly pissed off about it and I want to know if there is any way that the film can be developed. I put in a bag so it wouldn't over-expose, but I dont know what else to do. Please respond back to me as soon as possible. If you have the name of someone I could send it to do develop them that would be marvelous. thankyou again.


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6/21/2003 8:14:46 PM

 
Tim Devick   What exactly do you mean? She opened the camera while film was still in it, and you closed the camera back up and rewound the film? If that's the case, some of the shots towards the end where you opened the camera will be massively overexposed and lost - maybe the last 3-4 images. There will be some others that will be light-struck - showing signs that they were hit by light along one edge of the negative perhaps, but not totally lost. If this isn't what happened, please reply and explain in more detail exactly what happened. The only real way to tell is to develop the film and see how it turned out. Most places won't charge you for the prints that don't turn out. Bottom line - you're going to lose some shots, but hopefully you won't have lost it all. I don't know any way to fix the lost shots.


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6/21/2003 8:23:09 PM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  I opened up the back on a camera without rewinding it once. No film jam or other problem. It was entirely "operator error" (me). Lost the last half-dozen frames. To my amazement, everything before that was OK with only a slight amount of light bleed on the very edges outside the frame. How much is lost depends on the camera and how much film is exposed to light before it makes a couple turns around the takeup spool.

I emphasize that your damage will be limited like this **only** if the back was immediately closed without doing anything else, and then the film rewound. If the entire strip of film was yanked out and exposed to light, even indoors or in relatively low light there won't be anything to salvage. If it was partially rewound, whatever was in the cannister should be OK *if* it was not pulled out of the cannister during film removal.

Two things for the future, and I know this won't solve your current problem:
(1) For manual rewind cameras (crank by hand; no motor), *always* spin the rewind crank with your thumb several revolutions before opening a camera back . . . without pressing the rewind button. If the camera is empty, or it's completely rewound, it should spin freely without tensioning up. Pros usually learn to do this the "hard way" early on . . . as I did.
(2) If film jams, or if there is any doubt about its being rewound, don't open the camera back. Take it to a developing lab and have them open it in a completely light-proof "dark bag" to extract the film. 35mm film can usually be spooled back into the cartridge by hand . . . and I believe APS can be also . . . although it can take some time if sprocket holes were torn up when the film jammed.

-- John


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6/22/2003 10:35:48 PM

 
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