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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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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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Rewind film


Rewind it and take it to your closest Wal*Mart. They can send the film out to be developed. Depending upon the age of the film, you may experience some color shifts should the film be outdated.

Hope that helps,
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Organize negatives for easy access


Over the years I have accumulated an astounding number of pictures and rolls of negatives. They were scattered all over the house in numerous boxes and albums that it started to get out of hand. A few weeks ago I decided to organize my collection of memories into something more together than scattered boxes. I have found that sorting developed pictures was really easy because you just put them all in albums and the problem of organization is solved, negatives on the other hand are a little more complicated.

Like developed pictures you have to protect your negatives from water, but they are also sensitive to dust and hands touching them. Since they can get easily scratched up you have to store them somewhere they won't get played with. You also have to keep them flat because if they get rolled up or folded they will be hard to use or even impossible to make more prints of the images on them.

What you want to do is get some clear plastic negative sleeves. A sleeve can hold an entire roll of 24 exposures so you can store a whole roll together. If you were some what organized before we started you should have information about the rolls of film like when they were taken and where. Using a pen or a sharpie you can lable the negatives for easy access.

Then all you need is a 3 ring binder to store all your negative sleeves in. If you want to get reallly organized you can even create a system of organization for your ablums so you can label the sleeves with the album information so you can easily find the corsponding prints.

The time that is takes to organize your library of photos depends on how many you have to begin with and how organized you were to begin with. I have been working on this for two weeks now and am almost finished!

on Oct 08, 2013 | Photography

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Step by step guide for rolling a film reel for developing


Rolling film on a metal reel can be very challenging and for years I avoided using these reels in favor of the plastic ones with the large lip for leading the negative around the reel. Over the last year or so I have been working on getting around this fear of not being able to roll the film.

The first and most important thing that you have to make sure is that when you cut off the "L" shaped piece make sure that you cut the film between the sprocket holes. Those first few holes are crucial for the ability to successfully loading the film on to the reel.

On the center post of the reel there are two very small hooks that you want the negative to hook on to using those sprocket holes. These hooks work to make sure that the film stays put while you roll and throughout the development process.

Once the film is hooked on you are going to slowly turn the reel around and around holding the unrolled film on the sides. Make sure to hold on the sides because you don't want your fingers to scratch the very sensitive negative.

If you practice in the light with dead rolls of film you can check if you rolled well by holding up the roll and looking though. If you can see between the rounds of film then you have done a good job. It is important that the film be rolled smoothly because if parts are touching then the chemicals can't get in and the film will not develop properly. Once you have mastered rolling this way in the light take some time to roll a dead roll of film in the dark before you get to the real stuff (no pun intended).

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35mm film developed with streaks


I take it the streak is a hot streak of light. If you're shooting negative, look at the negative and see if it's one long streak. If so the light leak could be anywhere between the film roll and the take up roll. I would open up the back, go into a closet and shine a bright light on the front of the camera and see if you can find the leak and tape it up. Otherwise, 35mm SLR's are very cheap these days. I'd recommend a Canon A-1 for your daughter, but you can't go wrong with any Canon or Nikon.

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Blank Film Developing


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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.

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Pictures did not take-negatives were clear


It seems like a fault with the shuttter.  You will need to get it repaired.

Dec 12, 2008 | Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR Camera

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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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My first roll of film came back all blank. Not even one negative was underexposed. I have just bought a Nikon F6 film camara.


Just to make sure, if you do see the picture on your negatives, then the problem most likely lies within the developer. Try somewhere else and see if that works for you. If not, then you can use another type of film. The film could have been mishandled when manufacturered. These cameras don't usually have problems so that would be the last thing I would look at.

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My negatives are turning out clear.


"Clear" = no exposure, right? Two possibilities: light not getting in; or film not advancing. To check the former, take a "picture" with the camera open at the back. See the light through the lens? Yes = OK, No = there is a problem with the shutter. Most likely the film is not advancing. Here's a test. Load the camera with a roll of film and take one picture. Open the camera and see if film moved. If not, go read the manual to make sure you are loading it properly.

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