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    Fomapan 100 came blank after developing with Rodinal 1+50.

    I just got a blank roll of Fomapan 100 after developing with Rodinal 1+50. Camera used was Olympus OM-2sp.

    My initial suspicion is the film is not taking up clearly in the take up spool, even though I felt the tension during cocking everytime but during rewinding I felt tension only for couple of wounds after that it was free.

    Are there any other reasons for getting a blank roll.
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    Could be underexposed. Was your camera's ASA set to 100? Even underexposed, I would think you'd see something.

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    It was set to 100.

    I suspect the film has came out from the take up spool after door was shut.

    I Just noticed with an another roll during loading. I tried to cock it two time before I shut the door, but during the second cocking the leader just came out from the take up spool.

    Also, after 36 expsoures I still can able to cock the shutter. So, it is my mistake that I did not check it cleanly before I shut the door.
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    Sounds as if the film has not gone though the camera, when using 35mm I always tighten the film with the rewind after winding 1 frame, then make sure the rewind knob turns as I wind the film on, this after I had the same problem. I had not attached the leader to the take up spool properly, know I am carefull to check the first few frames.
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    I think your initial assessment is correct. The film didn't advance. When I shot 135 I always loaded my camera as follows...

    Make sure the film tongue is pushed well into the take-up spool groove.
    Advance one frame with the back open while using light finger-pressure to keep the film slightly taught.
    I also used another finger to keep slight pressure on the film at (on) the take-up spool.
    Use the rewind knob to put very slight tension on the film.
    Close the back while continuing to keep the film under slight tension.
    Advance the film to frame 1 while releasing the tension on the rewind knob and...
    Watch the rewind knob turn while advancing the film.

    I learned the above procedure after losing, what I thought at the time, was a very important roll of film. It was a fail-safe method for me for years. Yes, it might waste one frame of film but it's worth it, IMHO.

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    Nevertheless, it was a test shoot of my first fomapan 100. I will make sure things go right next time...
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    Watch the rewind knob as you advance the film it should turn. If it doesn't you have a problem.
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    This is the 2nd thread I've seen today posted on forums about negs from rodinal coming out blank. I've had a 2 year unopened bottle of Rodinal I wanted to try today of all days.(usually I use HC110) so I was afraid this was sign that my negs were gonna come out blank for sure. Well thankfully they came came out. Right now they are hanging to dry. I used Arista EDU400. I really like this film in HC110. I hope Rodinal will look ok as well since this is my 1st time with Rodinal.

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    It is certainly not a problem with Rodinal at all. Since, I got the film markings right aftert the development. So, it was the problem during loading the film somehow the film got slipped out of rewinding spool.
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    Was the leader/tongue (the part exposed to light during loading) developed? (should be 'black')

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