X-Mas I took some fantastic pictures with my camera. I had dificulty
in opening the door to unload my film, but finally suceeded. Then when
I reloaded film, I found that the door would not shut. I have worked with it but with no success. I need help!!!
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If your film was TOTALLY blank then it's been bleached due to a processing error. By totally blank, I mean that there are no frame numbers or other film markings on your blank film. Otherwise, you simply have an unexposed film.
First, operate the camera with the camera back open, hold the camera up to a bright light and operate the camera as you look into the back of the lens. If you see a brief bit of light coming through as you operate the shutter then the shutter is admitting light into the camera and so you should have got some kind of an image unless you failed to correctly load the film (very common).
Unfortunately, there's no way to tell unless you try another roll of film. Once the film is loaded, turn the rewind crank gently to take up slack film and take a few pictures; each time you advance the film the rewind crank should turn a little. If it doesn't then the film has not been correctly loaded as the film leader has not engaged onto the take-up spool. If so, open the camera and re-engage the film. If it clearly has engaged, then the take-up spool is failing to rotate when the film is advanced: try taking a few shots and winding on the film with the back open. If the film is not advancing then you have a faulty Lomo. This is extremely common as it is a plastic toy camera with atrocious build quality and materials and is the FishEye is only designed for paltry ten rolls of film lifespan.
A final check for film which has not advanced through the camera is if the rewind is extremely short when the film has finished.
Draw the film all the way to the receiving spool. There's an 'eye' inside the film compartment to check that the film is loaded. When the film is not correctly loaded the camera thinks it's empty and rewinds the film.
The cartridge will only go in one way. install and pull film to marked line (should have a few notches in the film strip past gear) close camera and either wind until it stops or if batt powered it will load itself then ready to roll
open the film door and charge the shutter. are the drive and take up sprockets turning? if they are then the film was not loaded properly. be sure to push enough film leader into the take up spool bars.
if the spools are not turning then a gear or spring ( advance lever return lock ) is broken.
there are no new parts for the ME Super however some camera repair shops have good used parts that can be used. get an estimate first.
This also happens to Yashicas often. (though instead of stirpping the film, it will rewind it back into the roll. Something's wrong with either the firmware or the drive system. It'll need to be taken to a camera repair shop, or you'll have to send it back to Canon for warranty service, if it's still within warranty.
bottom of camera open battery cover with a pen point, insert one AA battery close cover.
film door is opened with pen point left side of film door. load film & bring film leader to take up spool, close film door. rotate advance to # 1 counter on bottom.
turn camera on with sliding switch on front of camera, this opens lens cover and turns on flash .( if wanted ) second click.
at end of film roll pull rewind lever up and rotate clock-wise to rewind film.
open film door and remove film.
remember to turn camera off when not using.
remove the battery and check that it is good. replace battery and open back door, close the door and it should run the motor / transport. if so, load film up to the drive sprocket being sure film will catch on the sprocket.
or move the latch holding back cover, and open the door fully. check the pressure plate on the door, gently pull the plate up a little to increase pressure on the film. bring the holding lever out toward the latch and close the door to lock the lever back to position.
Two possibilities : 1 ) your film was not properly loaded into the pick up spool and hence it was transported or exposed ; what you took to the lab was unexposed film. 2) the shutter is not opening and again no exposure takes place. To check this open back , set to slow speed like 8th of a second, and see if the shutter opens and closes properly. If the shutter does not open then it will have to go in, unfortunately. Cost ? If it is just an adjustment ( as I suspect is the case ) you should not pay more than $ 100.