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Film advance broken.

The power winder was left on and the button was pressed by contact with back seat of car. By the time I discovered this the film advance was inoperable. Is there an easy fix for this?

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  • Bynx Apr 02, 2008

    Thanks ever so much in your assistance in getting the camera operable again.

  • missworldnow Dec 22, 2008

    Hi I have a Pentax 35mm MZ-M camera and when I load the film it automatically rewinds the film making it no good to use When I load the film and close the back it says it has film and then rewinds the film I don't know how to fix this everything else works fine but I can't use the camera without the film hence the question on how to repair it thanks

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Press the rewind button and wind the film advance lever, It will set to its place. Release the rewind button, press the shutter release button.Once again try wind the film.( provided your camera is not fitted with motor wind )

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How do you load it


To open back cover lift knob on top of camera ( this knob has a small arm that unfolds - used in rewinding).
Once open you will see which side is the film side ( under this knob) and the take up side. On the film side raise the knob again in order to insert film case, the top of this should flip over later used to rewind film. with film trail out toward back of camera. Now push the knob down. Film should only be loaded one way so the knob can be lowered into film canister. Lower knob and Film canister is now secure.
Next thread film leader onto take up spool. Some times these have a slot , but most Just have the teeth that fit the film edge.thread the film into slot then unto teeth. You will need to use film advance arm (There should be an arm on the top opposite side of film knob) you would move that would advance film.
as you move this arm ( with cover open ) film holes should engage the teeth on bottom and top. ( if you can't advance after 1 or 2 advance arm swings) press take picture button ( releases springs).
continue until film is captured top and bottom. Use the film spool knob gently wind film back into canniester until snug don't over wind. Close cover, take a picture with lens cap on, repeat that. As you wind ,the film cartridge knob should rotate.
You are not wasting pictures film was designed for this waste.
you should know how many photos were on film 12/24/36 pictures.
you may have a knob to set to that number.
When your ready to remove film ,push silver button on bottom and use winder handle ,rotating until free and easy. Open cover mention earlier.
wow can't believe I remembered all that and hope that helps.

Sep 23, 2016 | Photography

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Stuck Film Advance in Manual or Auto Wind 35mm Cameras


I've been seeing a great number of posts from people requesting help with a stuck film advance feature on their 35mm film cameras (you remember "film", right?) Normally, there are just a couple of things you can try to fix this issue before you'll need to find a professional to repair your camera - if it's even worth it. On that note, a lot of people still have film cameras for nostalgia purposes but there are still some hold outs that enjoy film. Finding a repair shop for an older camera isn't impossible but they are getting scarcer. Google "FILM CAMERA REPAIR" and see what pops up in your area!

MANUAL ADVANCE CAMERAS:

There's a complex number of actions that must work properly in order for you to advance the film in your camera using the manual advance lever. Gears, shafts, bearings and springs come into play and like a clock, they need to mesh together or the advance mechanism comes to a screeching halt. Well, you'll be the only one screeching, most likely but you get the point. If any of those parts break or become unaligned, or if some foreign matter like dust or dirt gets into them, the same thing happens. However, there are sometimes a few things you can try that might prevent you from sending in your camera for professional repair. I caution you about opening your camera yourself unless it has no real value to you because the interior of a 35mm SLR camera is pretty complex, even more so that a clock. Chances are you'll do more bad than good. With that said, try these options:

Film Jammed - Won't Advance
Sometimes the film will jam in the canister, or in rare instances, isn't actually as long as it's supposed to be and can reach the end of the roll before the camera indicates it has. If you suspect this has occurred then push the film release button and try to wind the film back into the canister before opening the camera. If you don't care if the film gets exposed feel free to do this in the light. It's much easier!
At times the film may also pull lose from the canister and roll completely on the take-up reel. If this happens you'll need to take the camera into a completely dark room with the light-proof film container, remove the film manually from your camera, roll the film up and put it into the light-proof container, close it tight and then seal it with electrical or duct tape. Also let the lab know this has happened so they don't pop up the container and expose your film thinking it is still in the canister.

Advance Lever Stuck
If the actual film advance lever is stuck and won't move, about the only option you have is to open the back of the camera and be sure nothing has jammed in the gears or sprockets of the take up reel or film path. If that doesn't fix the problem try pressing the film release button, wind the rewind lever a bit and see if the advance lever engages again.

If the lever just flips back and forth with no tension at all then something inside has broken and your chances of repairing it yourself are almost none. Most film cameras are getting on in years and will just naturally begin to break down over time. There may be no option to even fix your camera unless you find a similar model for parts and send that along to the repair shop. Make sure you get the parts camera back as you may need it later! If you like tinkering and the camera isn't one you'd miss if you couldn't fix it, then you could always give it a shot yourself. You can pick up a set of jeweler's screwdrivers and pliers from the web or Radio Shack for under $20 and find old film cameras on EBay or Craigslist at a decent price. Just be sure they don't have the same problem as your current camera does!

Grinding Noise When Advancing Film
This is most often caused either by a broken part, metal shavings or dirt/debris in the winding mechanism. Again, if you feel comfortable doing it yourself and it's not an expensive collector's model, you can try to repair it yourself. Hunt down a PDF service manual for your camera on the using Google web (a lot of collectors share them) and it should show you how to remove the cover to see the winding mechanism area. Look for debris in the gears and springs and remove it with short blasts of canned air but be sure you hold the camera so any debris falls out and not further into the camera. You can also use Q-tips dipped in alcohol to remove any debris, but don't use water, and let the area dry completely. Once you've done this, you'll need to apply a light lubricant to the area but only if it was lubricated before you cleaned. Use thin white lithium grease or an oil or grease used by clock repair shops and apply it with a toothpick as you don't need much. DON'T USE WD-40! It will do more damage than help.

MANUAL ADVANCE CAMERAS WITH MOTORDRIVE ATTACHMENTS:

These are manual wind cameras like the Minolta X-700 or Nikon FM2 that have an attachable motor drive that winds the film for you. Pretty much the same suggestions previously noted can be tried with a couple of exceptions:
Check the batteries and contacts in the winder making sure they're clean and not bent or broken. You can clean battery contacts with a CLEAN pencil eraser or alcohol and a Q-tip. Blow any dust and debris out of the compartment afterwards.If you still experience problems remove the winder and be sure the coupling that locks into the bottom of the camera to wind the film is not jammed or damaged. With batteries in the winder and the power turned on, look for a series of contacts on the top of the winder that mate with your camera. Be sure these aren't dirty or broken as well. Using a paper clip, you should be able to short one or more of them to another to activate the winder to make sure it works properly.

When All Else Fails - A Bigger Hammer
If none of the previous suggestions work and if, ONLY if you don't value the camera for collector's value a firm tap might work as a last ditch effort. I once had an old Minolta SRT that locked up solid. I didn't want to bother with trying to open it up as I only used it for a shelf display so I took the lens off, used a wad of very clean, soft foam to hold the mirror steady and wacked it twice on the counter. Not enough to damage the camera body (or the counter!) but a good smack. Whatever was jammed came loose and the advanced began to work. As I said, I only use it for display so I don't know if it affected the shutter speeds, etc. but it worked and cost me nothing but time.

AUTO/POWER ADVANCE CAMERAS:

Newer "old" 35mm film cameras used a power winder motor to advance the film and **** the shutter. If you experience a jammed advance on these cameras, check the film path, sprockets and make sure they are clear and move freely, as I described previously. Try the film release button and see if that will release the drive as well. Another option that has worked at times is to remove the film, lens and all batteries from the camera (including any date/time battery) for at least a day or two to see if the camera will reset itself. This worked for me once with a Nikon N70.
As a last ditch effort, the table smack might work as well, but I make no promises and it's all your fault if you damage the camera beyond repair... or your furniture!

on Jan 06, 2015 | Photography

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How do i advance the film to the next frame in my Nikon N65


The Nikon N65 has a built-in film advance (power winder) so all you need to do is take a photo and it should advance. If no, the film isn't loaded properly or the drive is broken.

May 07, 2014 | Nikon N65 35mm SLR Camera

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Where is the shutter release button on a Canon AE-1? I am trying to load film in the camera, and the shutter crank "thing" is stuck. do i need to release it with a press of a button???


Did you actually mean shutter release or shutter advance? And to load the film,you need to pull the roll winder upwards. While you pull the winder upwards, it would have a tuck voice and then the back cover would open up. Make sure you have wound the entire roll before you open the back.

Jan 23, 2011 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax ME wider II problem


It should stop advancing the film when the camera counter is on #1 exposure with or without film.

Dec 08, 2009 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Trying to get the film removed and new film put in


to rewind the film back into the tin look underneath the camera you will see a button, press this, it will disengage the winding mechanism, looking on top of the camera to the left you see a knob. flip out the handle and start to turn this clockwise until you hear a click and the turning become a little easier. if it is hard to turn, ensure the button undeneath is still pushed in. once the film is wound back, lift this knob this should open the back door and of the camera and release the spent film can.

take your new film and take it out if its platic container. place the old film in the same container for safe keeping til it goes to processing.

place the new film into the camera on the left side with the brown tab of the film laying over the shutter window in the middle.
press in the winder knob to help hold the film container in place.
pull out the end of the film and guide it over the two wheels with teeth ensureing that the teeth fit into the perferation holes in the film.
slide the film across the camera to the roller on the oposite side. slightly wind the camera on help guide the film tab into the slot
once in the slot slowly wind the camera on ensuring that the film is running smoothly over the shutter gate.
now close the back of the camera which should click to lock.
now wind on the film until the winder leaver stops
check the ASA or IOS rating of your film from the box it came in.
and ensure this setting is correct on the setting wheel on the right.
if your camera has automatic film recognition then this is not necessary.
you are now ready to start taking pictures again.

Nov 15, 2009 | Minolta X-700 35mm SLR Camera

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How to change film in Nikon N 2020


Press the R1 and R2 release buttons. Pull up on winder handle until the back of the camera opens. Continue the pressure on winder handle until you have removed the film canister. Insert new film canister. Pull leader across winder assembly. Close camera back. Press exposure button. Press winder handle in towards camera b

Oct 13, 2009 | Nikon Photography

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AE-1 When I advance the film the winder does not spin.


It is probably that the film in the canister is advancing and once it takes up all the slack in the film canister the film tightens and moves the spindle which then moves the winder.

Mar 16, 2009 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Sears ks-2/ricoh xr-7 film advance and shutter release problem


You probably need to take the camera in for repair. It sounds like the film transport is not connected to the shutter/mirror cage ***'y.

Jan 26, 2009 | Ricoh KR-5 SUPER II 35mm SLR Camera

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I'M GOING TO ASK IF YOU HAVE THE CAMERAS MANUAL? IF YOU DON'T, I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU GO TO THE MINOLTA X300 SITE ON THE WEB AND READ THE ONLINE MANUAL FOR YOUR CAMERA. YOU CAN ALSO PRINT PARTS OF IT YOU FEEL YOU NEEDTO HAVE FOR REFERENCE. THIS CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING ANY REALLY GOOD LOOKING PICTURES. I CAN TELL YOU HOW TO LOAD IT NOW BUT YOU CAN GO TO THE SITE A LOOK AT IT BEING DONE AFTERWARDS, BASICAL YOU PULL UP ON THE FILM WINDER THAT IS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CAMERA YOU ARE AT THE BACK OF THE CAMERA. SO PULL THISS CRANK UP THAT RELEASES THE DOOR AND IT SWINGS OPEN AND YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER REEL AND KNOB ON THE RIGHT SIDE , TAKE THE FILM OUT OF THE PACKAGE AND PLACE THE FILM IN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CAMERA UNDER THE LEFT CRANK WINDER WITH THE FILM TAB COMING OUT ALONG THE BOTTOM SIDE LOWER THE CRANK HANDLE INTO THE FILM CAN TOPUNTIL IT SEATS OVER THE NOTCH. NEXT PULL JUST ENOUGH FILM TO THE RIGHT TO REACH THE RIGHT SIDE CRANK SPOOL. IT HAS A TAB HOLDER ON THE BOTTOM WHERE YOU STICK THE END OF THE FILM INSIDE THE SLOT AND TURN THE CRANK SO ONE OF THE TEETH GRABS A NOTCHIT THE SIDE OF THE FILMWHEN IT DOES, JUST WIND IT A COUPLE OF TURNS AND YOUR DONE,THEFILM ADVANCE LEVER SHOULD BE MOVED NOW UNTIL IT REACHES 1 AND THEN CLOSE THE FILM DOOR AND PUSH DOWN THE LEFT WINDER CRANK TO LOCK THE DOOR SHUT,GIVE THE CRANK A COUPLE OF TURNS BACK TO TAKE UP ANY SLACK AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOUT! I'D PRINT THIS OF AND HAVE SOMEONE READ IT AS YOU DO IT AND IT WILL BE EASIER. IF YOU NEED MORE HELP, REPLY TO: ARCLIGHT1217

Nov 08, 2008 | Photography

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