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12-21-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Film back screw up

I came near to end of a 220 roll today, and accidently pulled out the magazine before the camera had a chance to wind it up. I put it back in immediately, but I saw film, so I know some frames are lost. For those who have had something like this happen before, any idea on how many frames are going to be OK, if any?
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Well, I haven't done this myself on my 645 but if the ISO is low and the ambient light was low, not many, most likely you've ruined most of the roll to some degree. I'd suspect that the first shots on the roll are less damaged than the last shots. Roll it up, and get it processed. Maybe just the film. Check the negatives and then get prints of whatever isn't damaged.

I've worried about doing this myself. Best of luck.
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ISO 100, right at sunset on a cloudy day. I was hopping maybe the sides of the take up spool might protect the wound up film, but I guess we'll see. I still can't believe I did it, very important shots.
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I've popped the back on 35mm cameras mid way through a roll after forgetting to check if they were loaded. In indoor lighting I think I lost about 4 frames completely. With the paper backing on 220 the shots that were completely rolled up may make out pretty well.

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I once took out the wrong film insert—two cameras, one with a completed film, one with a film on which there still was about one shot or so—but expecting the loss to be great, it actually boiled down to about 4 shots. One of which I cherished—I still know where I shot it, in Amsterdam, but of course lighting and accidentally passing people will never be the same again.

I did take it out in very low light, indoors.
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Was that four left, or four lost?
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Four lost—to my great relief.
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