My Minolta SRT 101 ate my film. *sadness*

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  1. phatcactus

    phatcactus Member

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    I got to the end of what was probably the most beautiful roll of pictures I've ever taken in my life, and I cranked it past #36, still in the medium-format mode of thinking (crank the roll off to the other side when you're done), and the advance lever stops halfway. The rewinder won't rewind, and the shutter won't fire, and I just can't really do much of anything. So I bit my lip and forced the rewind knob around and heard an awful, awful tearing noise. My film ripped and was now fully wound about the take-up spool.

    Bummer. Bummerbummerbummer.

    I just thought I'd share that sad tale with y'all.

    What was I supposed to do?

    Bah. I'm'a go re-shoot.

    ///

    EDIT: Oh god. I just realized. Why the rewinder wouldn't rewind. It's because. I didn't push the release. On the bottom of the camera.

    *sigh*

    Oh well. Reshooting was fun. Sorry to trouble you all with my non-issue.
     
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  2. gnashings

    gnashings Inactive

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    You can remove the film from the take up spool in the dark - its not that hard. Then take straight to a reel. When I was less hands on with photography, I had a 1 hour photo do that for me with a roll of colour film when my Zenit ripped the perfs to shreds.

    Peter.
     
  3. ricksplace

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    Gee, that only happens to me when I don't have a changing bag with me.
     
  4. Walt Sharp Jr.

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    I've found the best cure for ths is to have a small changing bag in my kit. I've not used it often and it is a litle risky because of dust if you don't keep in dusted. I also use it on trips to change film holders when I run out.

    Walt
     
  5. bob01721

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    DUH! I can't believe that never occurred to me. I use my changing bag to load and unload 4x5 film holders, but I never thought to keep it in a camera bag.

    Thanks for a great (if not obvious) idea! Just a coupla weeks ago I "gave up" the three shots I had on a roll so I could switch to a different film. If I had had my changing bag with me, I coulda saved those shots.
     
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    That's a great idea - and not really that risky given the alternative of losing a whole role of film!
     
  7. wheelygirl

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    Hey Phatcactus--
    I had done the exactsame thing! And this is after I read my manual of my "minnie" [Minolta SRT-101] I got so frustrated I pried the back open and ripped out the film!! Thank goodness, the Minoltas are pretty durable!! I have learned that lesson--big time!!!
     
  8. fpjohn

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    Hello: I once covered a visit by Robert Kennedy for a college newspaper with a SRT101. The film spool attachment was not always positive-the film did not advance. I went back and under the baleful eye of the chancellor and the secret sevice took more shots with a half frame Mercury II.

    yours
    Frank