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Unloading my medium format camera

I don't know how to unload the film without exposing it. It's a Hasselblad and the first time I've used one, the instructions say the circle should be white before I open the magazine, but it's black and I can't figure out how to rewind the film before I take it out. Please help !

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    i have a vivitar v3000 slr camera and i have reeled back the film but i cannot open the camera!! help....



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If i remember correctly there should be a button on the bottom of the camera opposite side of the film winder if you press that button it will release the tension on the film and allow you to reel the film back into the film canistor.BE CAREFUL when reeling it back in because you can reel the whole roll back into the film canistor, when you think your getting towards the end go SLOW you will feal the reel loosen up alot.that means that the film has let go of the other side STOP and you can open the case without exposong your film.GOOD LUCK if this helps rate me or leave some more info.Thanks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007


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