I bought a 3-pack of film. I had one developed by mail order by kodak gallery. I was told online that the film was blank.... I took the 2nd roll to CVS for 1 hr. development. Received the negatives back. Was told either the film was bad or the camera is bad. The negatives were mostly blank with a partial blur in the middle... a few had a tiny patch at the bottom that was clear. The camera is a 3-yr old nikon n65 slr. I don't think it is the camera. The pictures that were ruined were of my son's mountain biking race:(. I am afraid to use the other roll. Any ideas? If it is the film, can you reimburse me? I still have the one unused roll.
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Re: 2 rolls out of a 3-pack ruined.
I would suggest you buy an off-brand roll of 12 or 24 exposures. Run it through the camera taking snaps of anything -- but make sure you vary the lighting, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc. as you snap the pics. Don't worry too much about composition. This roll is a quick test, NOT for photos to keep.
Have the film developed and then follow-up with comments on the results. I'll gladly assist you further at that time. Char1ieJ
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This is a motion picture duplicating film, it is not something you typically "get developed", certainly not in the same manner as you would film intended for consumer or professional pictorial purposes.
If you would like to learn about how yuo can possibly develop it yourself, please see the following link:
Remove your lens, open the back door and observe through the back, your shutter action. Hearing your shutter does not tell you that there is a picture being taken! Depending on the setting, even at 1/1000 you will see "daylight" for an instant. Obviously, your shutter is not opening at all. Let me know!
you should have at least 6in. of exposed film from the film canister to the take-up spool unless you loaded the film in total darkness.
open the back cover to make sure the shutter is working, reload and give it another try.
Ok, well are you using a lens that is compatible with the auto setting? Are the batteries new and fresh in the camera? If you are not sure about the lens, then what you can do is too look at the inside of the box of the film you are using (Kodak) has a setting and exposure guide printed on the box. Try using the required exposure for the light that you are in... say for bright sun try f 16 at 1/125th of a second. That setting is for Kodak Royal Gold 100. That is right off the Kodak exposure guide, which you can find on the web here
There doesn't seem to be a pattern with any of the Fuji films (I use Sensia and Velvia, exclusively, and have never had a problem in my Canon EOS). There are reports that the Fuji Pro films will gum up the sprockets in a camera, thanks to an adhesive strip at the end of the roll, but I'm not sure if the regular 400 speed film has the same problem. You might try a thorough cleaning, and see if it is still happening. I'm not surprised that 400 speed comes out a tad dark. Try dropping to 200 speed (I generally won't use anything above 100 speed, unless it is black&while).
1). open the back, use different combinations of film speeds, shutter speeds and apartures. if you can see light coming in from the lens, no matter how little light and how fast.
2). check that film advances or not. if you camera detects film and loads automatically, insert any expired film cassette, or badly developed film and roll it back into cassette.
3). send it for service if either one or both gives you an answer of "N".
Looks like you are not loading the film onto the take-up spool correctly.
Go back to the development store and ask them if they can give you a spool of waste film (e.g. one that got exposed to the light or something). Otherwise buy the cheapest film you can find.
Load the film in the camera. Take a few frames. Open the camera back up a bit, the film should have advanced. You will be able to tell this because there is more film on the takeup spool. The frames are also numbered nearby.
It might take you a few goes to get the film to load correctly. If no luck, maybe the file wind-on is broken and the camera needs repair.