Hi...my daughter has a pentax k1000 for photography class in h.s.....she has taken pictures and correctly developed them (per her instructor) but her pics come out white....her instructor has loaded the camera for her, rewound it and developed the pics but still same problem. She mentioned something about "light getting to the film" before they are able to develop it...getting very frustrating especially when her grade is on the line. Any suggestions???
This indicates that the film did not get exposed, 1 check next time that the film is engaged in the take-up properly, one way to check once loaded with film ,carefully rewind a little on the rewind knob till you feel it tightens be careful that you don't rewind the film into the cassette I usually do this with the back open. There is enough leader to do this. close the back and watch the rewind for movement while advancing the lever. If the rewind knob moves success. 2 Even if the film moved therre is the possibility that the shutter is in need of repair then you have to send it out for repair. 3 If light is getting to the film the negative will be darkened. This is true of all negative film. Transperancy or slide film is just the opposite. 4 Make sure that you are loading and rewinding in darkened room. It doesen't have to be pitch black just not in sunlight. 5 And lastly there could be deteriorating of the light seal around the edge of the film chamber. If you suspect this, seal the camera back with black gaffers tape . Don
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Re: film developing clear
This problem could have a number of causes,
To check to see if it is a camera fault of developing fault you could try using a cheap colour film in the camera and getting it developed at a normal photo processor.
This will determine in which half of the process the fault lies.
If the pictures from the colour film are the same then it must be a camera usage problem or fault.
If the pictures are ok from the colour film then it will be a problem in either the film being used, developing problem (poor mix of chemicals etc).
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In theory, yes. You'd have to strip out the film mechanism, then design, build, and install the electronics. Kodak spent millions of dollars in research and development doing just that to convert some Canon and Nikon film SLRs to digital, then sold those cameras for more than $10,000 dollars apiece.
In practice, it would be much easier and much, much cheaper to just buy a new digital camera.
Are you looking at the picture as in a print OR are you holding the negative up to the light and looking at it that way. Don't touch the negatives, they should be in a protective sleeve but you can see through it. You should be able to see if the spacing between the frames is messed up and if you have lighter and darker negatives. Looking at a print from an automated one hour service isn't worth the time of day to determine a problem. The Pentax K1000 is the work horse of the century for students learning photography and a lot of them have seen extensive use, also the camera is quite old. What I expect is if the negatives are showing overlapping frames AND the exposure is off sometimes over and other times underexposed then the camera needs service lubrication and adjustment. It's great that the light meter is working but the shutter speed could be off and the advance is skipping giving the overlap. I don't know where you are in this world but in Canada that's a $80.00 to $120.00 fix and have the repair person change the light seals while he/she has it apart. The Pentax K1000 is still a great camera it's up to you whether or not to spend the money. I can't tell you what to do but I can suggest that if you are going to shoot film you find some place that does it with a little more human touch. Hope this was a help
There are a couple of possibilities that I can think of:
First, film must be loaded into the camera for the picture counter to increment.
Second, if you've loaded film, but the counter still does not change, it is possible the film is not advancing (the film release button/knob/lever that you use to rewind the film may be activated) or the film has slipped off the sprockets on the take-up spool.
If you can stand to lose the photos you may have already taken, just open the back of the camera and make sure the film is advancing when you take a photo.
If you can't possibly lose the photos, rewind the film and take the film to be developed. Try to find a local developer that only charges for the photos that "came out"... This can save a lot of money if only a few frames develop properly (or if none come out!)
Sounds like the shutter is stuck. Same thing happened to my ALPA. I like you was unable to take it apart to repair, so many small tools required to take it apart. You could be better off sending it to New York.
Sounds like the film might have been and wound but not exactly straight, almost hard to do but it can happen.
You don't have to disassemble, Most film cameras have a button on the bottom directly below the winder that you hold in to disengage the gear thaat winds the film, like a clutch, so you could unwind or rewind, that's how you could get some double exposures back in the day. The other thing you can do is (if you don't want to save the exposed film is to open it in a light proof bag if you have one - if not take it to a camera repair shop and they can open it without damaging the camera and even salvag the film, just make sure you call them and describe the problem and negotiate the price before they do the work. You will both be happier that way.
Ya all you really need is a "film retriever." We use the Arista Deluxe one in class and it is extremely user friendly (this one, http://www.freestylephoto.biz/32760-Arista-Deluxe-Film-Retriever?cat_id=1603), however you can probably find it cheaper on ebay or craig's list, but ya that's all you need to pull it out, however, be careful when using it because if you wind it up too tight then you may just have to develop the roll, but um ya that's my solution.
It's hard to tell without looking at the film itself, and it would help to know what type of film you are using (black and white? color?). My guess would be a light leak. If the film is exposed to any light, that results in a black picture, possibly blotches of color. Either you opened the camera before you rolled the film back into the canister (unlikely), or your camera is responsible for the light leak, in which case, you will have to bring it to a repair shop.
Are you sure that you have loaded the film properly?
Sometimes if you have not started the film so that the sprocket pulls the film correctly the film can aquire slack and the teeth of the sprocket may not be successfully pulling the film from the canister each time.