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Film not releasing on lomo instant. Any ideas on how to troubleshoot? this happened out of the box.

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When you say not releasing, do you mean you are unable to rewind the film ? Have you pressed the rewind button ?

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I put the film in my camera backwards(with the tail of the film facing to the left) and i cant get it back out. when i tried pulling up on the rewinder thing part of it snapped off


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If you've broken any more than that, then your camera is unrepairable. Spare parts are not available for your camera as it's only designed to last for six rolls of film. Even regular Lomo and Holga models are only intended to last for a maximum of twelve films.

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If the fault is in the camera, lay the negative across the back of the camera and then look and feel anywhere in the film path that the line appears along to find the problem. Rectification usually means a bit of cleaning, or smoothing down with a sharp knife or fine abrasive and be very careful not to allow the material you remove to fall into the camera and cause more problems.

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If the gears are not stripped you can try brute force by slapping the camera down onto a hard surface a few times to try and unjam the mechanism, although it risks making the fault worse. But as the camera isn't working what do you have to lose? The same applies to trying to dismantle the camera to find the fault, but you'll have to work out how to do so for yourself. Most current Lomos are simply clipped together with a minimum of screws.

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Rewinding film at end of roll


Try looking here:

http://www.lomography.com/about/faq/1637-how-do-i-rewind-and-remove-film-from-my-lomography-oktomat-camera

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