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Help! Film Ripped Out Of Spool While Shooting.

Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:25 am

Hey guys,

Today has been one of those miserable shit days ever in my life.
I went spotting today and what appeared to be a good day suddenly turned all bad when I winded the film too much and ripped the film right out of the film spool in the roll.

Unfortunetly I gambled too much by ignorantly going for 26 shots when the film only supported up to 25 shots and overwinded the film causing it to rip out. I could of been just fine for taking only 1 picture of a rare UA757 but noo, I had to take 2 shots when the same plane would return again in a few days thus costing my entire roll which by the way had some neat planes which I captured on film.

Because my camera is an old EM body made in the 1980's it doesnt have any of the automatic features like today's cameras like auto rewind. I tried to rewind the film but because it ripped out of the spool, none of the film went back into the casing.

What should I do? I tried to take the film out and insert it using my hands but that was useless as after a point the film wouldnt go in. I know better than open my camera in light so I did it in my storage room with the lights off. My hands were also starting to sweat cuz of this frustration so I gave up and took all of the film out of the camera, rolled it up and stored it inside my film case(bin) attached the lid on and covered it with tin foil.

I really want to try and get it developed but is it possible?
I do not know of any labs in my area that can process film in the older conventional way and I also dont have the materials and the chemicals needed to develop the film.

I would appreciate some input.

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RE: Help! Film Ripped Out Of Spool While Shooting.

Sun Feb 16, 2003 12:27 pm

Take it to a half descent lab that has a dark room have them remove it and process it. I had that happen on my EM body (actually the rewind clutch broke, but same problem, film stuck on the spool) the guy took it to to the dark room and wound it.
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RE: Help! Film Ripped Out Of Spool While Shooting.

Sun Feb 16, 2003 12:45 pm

A good photo shop can take care of you. Not really a big deal for them usually.

And if that is the worst day of your life you are awfully damned lucky!! May it continue to be the worst you ever experience!  Smile
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RE: Help! Film Ripped Out Of Spool While Shooting.

Sun Feb 16, 2003 3:28 pm

I would have taken the whole camera to the lab and let them take it out in the darkroom. Taking out a film manually, and then finding a container which is totally light-tight to then take to the lab is extremely risky, unless you are prepared for it (i.e. you have the right materials.

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