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Hello, I just recently put eight rolls of film at Wal-mart to be developed. All of the pictures did not take. All the negatives were clear. What could have caused this to happen. I did not know that there was an internal battery under the AAA battery plate. Could this battery going dead be the problem? I have had my camera since 1985 and wonder if it is just worn out.. I sacrificed a roll of film and did a test to see if the film was advancing and it was. I really hope the camera can be fixed. Thanks, Tim

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    Timm Chapman May 11, 2010

    With the film being clear, its likely becuase the film either didn't advance through the camera as it wasn't loaded correctly, or the shutter curtains likely didn't open when the shutter release was clicked.



    Can you try setting the speed to 1 full second, open the back and press the shutter release, and look to see if the curtains open and then close again?

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Tcwat67,

the battery you mention is used for memory back up. when you change the main batteries this battery keeps the memory from needing reset. if the film is completely clear the film was not exposed to light. now if the film was transported and the meter and LED was working then the shutter was not opening, an easy check----- just take the lens off and fire the shutter a few times. the shutter may not fire if the film door is opened.
if the shutter is not opening it must be replaced, if you can find a camera repair shop that fixes vintage camera's any parts replaced will be good used.

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