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    Blue line throughout entire roll

    On my last roll, I noticed on the negs a red line throughout the roll. I just got them transferred to CD and it comes out blue. I'm not sure what would have caused it. I'm not sure if it would be chemical related or camera related. Here are a couple of examples.







    Thanks for any advice or knowledge.

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    What camera u using... Looks like a light leak to me... Same spot each frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by heespharm View Post
    What camera u using... Looks like a light leak to me... Same spot each frame
    Minolta X700. I thought it might be...but I've never encountered this problem, so I wanted some input from others.

    This camera does have a clothe shutter, so I was thinking it might be causing it.

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    Yeah a tear in the shutter may do it to... Check ur seals inside ur camera usually around the back of the back lid... Are they gummy? Or degraded?

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    They seem perfectly fine, nice and fluffy as foam should be. I think I might test another roll through it and see if it happens again. I'm still relatively new to this camera, though I had not had that happen before. I'm wondering if maybe the lens wasn't properly on the camera. I'm used to my Nikons and listen for a click. After messing with the Minolta, it seems you have to slightly turn the lens back like you are taking it off to get that click.

    Thank you for the help!

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    That is not unlike my strange blue stripe (slides) on my first roll with a Bessa-L. In my case, it must be a light leak. Considering that the X-700 has no transparent window on the back, I think you should replace the light seals. In the case of my Bessa-L, I still don't know exactly where the problem is, but there is no problem if I use the camera with the lower part of the ever-ready case. I'll have the foam replaced soon (or I'll do it myself when I find a kit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diapositivo View Post
    That is not unlike my strange blue stripe (slides) on my first roll with a Bessa-L. In my case, it must be a light leak. Considering that the X-700 has no transparent window on the back, I think you should replace the light seals. In the case of my Bessa-L, I still don't know exactly where the problem is, but there is no problem if I use the camera with the lower part of the ever-ready case. I'll have the foam replaced soon (or I'll do it myself when I find a kit).

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    Thanks......where do I start in finding a kit? Is that something that would come through the big shops or online?

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    Somebody sells online pre-cut light seals kits for various cameras, and was mentioned here on APUG several times, but as I did not need this kind of intervention I did not take good note.

    Regarding my camera, I think I found the problem. A certain spot of the seals is "punched" as if somebody pushed very hard with a small screwdriver. I tried to "revive" the foam raising it a bit. The leakage occurs in the upper part and - after careful mumbling on the problem - on the receiving sprocket side in my case. After having inferred where the leakage should occur in theory, I looked at the spot and behold! there actually was this "dent" in the foam. The dent would look quite insignificant at a visual inspection, but now that I know where is probably the problem, I suppose the dent is the cause.
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    A definitive test would be to put two layers of black gaffer's tape over the gap in the case where you think the light leak is. If the problem goes away when you tape it shut and comes back when you don't, you have proven what the problem is.

    You can also do this as a temporary measure to keep the camera operational until you can get it repaired.

    BTW: Do you have a leather case for the camera? Keeping it in the case while there is film inside is another way to minimize the possibility of light leaks.
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