The other day I took my last shot and my camera proceeded to retract the film. Before it was finished it stopped and an 'E' appeared in the window. I am afraid to open up the film door and expose the film. If there any way to make sure the film is wound into the canister before I open it up? I own a Nikon n75. Thank you.
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Re: Film stuck in camera
First, replace the batteries, turn on the camera and try again. If that dose not work, you need to take the camera into a darkroom, a room that is 100% totally dark. The slightest light leak could fog your film. If you do not have a room in your house that you can make light tight during daylight, try doing this at night, Once you are in the darkroom, you will need to work by feel. Open the camera back and feel for the film magazine. If there is no film protruding, you are ok and can turn on the lights. If not, you need to pop the magazine out and use the protruding knob on the end to manually wind the film into the magazine while you alternately pull the film off the take-up spindle. Once all the film is in the magazine, you can turn on the lights.
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all AE-1's and related models, your camera is gumming up inside as the
internal lubricant films are at least 25 years old and are largely
The fix is to get the camera to a repair specialist
for a CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). As a one-off extra cost
also get the foam light seals and foam mirror buffer replaced as they'll
either be absent by now or will still be turning to a sticky goo.
Modern foam is is different material and is will not decay like the old
A CLA and foam replacement definitely costs more than the
residual value of the camera, but they're solidly built and have plenty
of cheap high quality lenses so can still achieve results which compare
well to even the best modern pro dSLR's. Get the work done and your
camera will probably last until 35mm film ceases to be available. Your
camera will also withstand conditions which you'd never dare risk a dSLR
You may have hit the end of the film. Rewind the film back to the spool until the very end gets back in the shell.
If you think you still have unexposed film do the following.
Rewind about 1-2 full rotations.
Cover the lens using the cap. We're doing this so that step 2.3 will not spoil your last pictures.
Take 2 shots (with the lens cover).
This time the button at the button should have popped out.
The mechanism won't re-engage until you open the door (camera back) and shut it again, then wind on and fire a few shots as if starting a new film. You could open and shut the door in total darkness, and then waste a few shots to carry on with the film in the camera, but the frame counter will be wrong. Unless there is a lot of film left on the cassette, you might as well just rewind it and start again with a new film. Yes, you will probably be paying more than you should for the processing and printing of a partial film, but you will get your pics.
The film is either at the end or stuck. The shutter will not release unless the film advance lever has gone all the way and back. Make a note of the frame counter. Rewind the film and remove it from the camera (When you feel the film to come loose from the receiving spool, stop rewinding to prevent the end of the film to disappear inside the can. This way you can reload it if it was stuck in the middle.) If the film was completely exposed, take it to be developed. With the empty camera, try to advance the lever and release the shutter. If this works, the problem was the film and not the camera. Everything is fine. If the problem persists, take it to be repaired. If the film was stuck in the middle, load it again into the camera. With the lense cap on (preferably in a dark room or similar) 'shoot' as many 'empty' frames as you had on the counter plus two more. Finish the film and develop the pictures. If the film stucks again at the same place, rewind it and develop normally. It was a bad film. Hope this helped you to solve the problem.
It sounds like you have a jam.
When you have finished taking shots and have used all the film, you must press the film-rewind button on the underside of the camera; this does not rewind the film, but allows you to commence the next step.
Once you have done this, flip up the rewind-crank on the top left hand side of the camera. It is situated on top of the film speed dial. turn this clockwise until all the film is back in its cartridge.
You should now be able to open the back of the camera.
I hope you have fun with your t50!
Get a dummy film and put it in the camera , make shure that the film is fully loaded on to the take up spool and test it all the way through, It sounds like the film is coming off the take up spool. I have repaired a lot of these A1's and they don't suffer from this problem. yours Tim 01689 818009..