The film ripped from the cassette on a contax rts when i was manually rewinding it. is there any way to salvage this at home? also, what is the best way to remove the film from the camera, without damaging...
before opening the camera, press the film rewind release button and ensure that the portion of film which remains attached to the cassette has been totally rewound. Next, with the camera in total darkness, open the camera back and remove the film cassette. Grab a firm hold of the loose end of the torn film and tape it to a piece of wooden dowelling and then turn the dowelling so that the film pulls out and winds onto it. Once the film has disengaged from the camera, place the dowelling with the film into a totally light-proof container: an old but spotlessly clean metal tin, such as a custard powder, cornflour or even a paint tin will do the job. Don't use a plastic lidded tin as the lid is always slightly translucent and will fog the film. When the tin lid has been firmly closed with the film inside, you can take the tin to a specialist processor and get both film portions developed.
Note that specialist handling of this type regarding development is not cheap. You cannot use a regular postal processor or minilab as their machinery cannot handle damaged film, only a professional lab (or a well-equipped friend) can individually process your film. Bear the cost in mind, as it's only worth doing if you are sure that there are valuable/irreplaceable images on the film.
Also note that by pressing the rewind button before pulling out the film, you are largely using the camera as intended so will not damage it. Afterwards, check the camera thoroughly and clean out any broken film fragments.Torn film is sometimes down to a manufacturing defect in the film, or due to the rewind button popping out during rewinding, or rewinding much too fast or due to excessive resistance in the take-up mechanism as the film is rewound; the latter usually indicates that the camera is overdue for a professional CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) service. The fault may commonly be due to a combination of those factors.
Sep 13, 2011 |
Contax RTS II 35mm SLR Camera