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I have just developed out my film and realise it has a constant blue streak/line across the top of every photo. it is slightly obvious in some of the photos. may i know what might possibly cause that?

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What you describe is typical of a film which is getting scratched as it is used in the camera, either due to dirt or debris in the camera, a rough finish to a camera part in the film path, or even just a faulty film cassette which had a bit of grit in the light seal when the film was rewound. It's very common in cheaply made plastic toy cameras like Lomos and Holgas.

If it happens all the time, it's a camera fault. If it's intermittent it's either a camera fault or a processing lab fault, but most labs run regular test rolls through to ensure these faults do not occur. If it's a one-off, then it was probably a bit of debris in the film cassette light seal.

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.

Posted on Sep 04, 2010

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