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11-05-2015, 08:06 AM   #1
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Pentax K1000 - Waffle Patten on film

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I am very new to shooting with film cameras. I am certainly using a k1000 with fujifilm superia x-tra 400, and I have noticed a waffle / spotty imprint on my exposures. Iím certain it is the same pattern behind the film inside the film chamber area.. Iím wondering how did it show up in my photos? Iíve been trying to teach myself how to take multiple exposures, and I have also slightly & quickly opened my camera while there was film inside (trying to create light leaks / lomo effects), maybe that is the reason for imprints showing up?

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11-05-2015, 09:03 AM   #2
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Maybe you have a light leak around the back cover. The light is bouncing around reflecting around and in the dimples of the pressure plate.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
Maybe you have a light leak around the back cover. The light is bouncing around reflecting around and in the dimples of the pressure plate.
I apologize if I sound ignorant about all this!

So I'm assuming this happened due to opening the back of the camera while there was film in?

Thank you so kindly guys!

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I figured if you opened and closed the camera then the entire image would be washed out. Maybe I should have asked what speed film you are using. If you have slow film, did this in subdued light, and did really, really, really quick then you let in just enough light to wash out the image as you see it with the pattern.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
I figured if you opened and closed the camera then the entire image would be washed out.
Unless this particular frame was from early in the roll and had several wraps of film around it. Otherwise, I agree with all of you...looks like a light leak of some sort and opening the camera with film in it would definitely do it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jazznhoney Quote
I apologize if I sound ignorant about all this!

So I'm assuming this happened due to opening the back of the camera while there was film in?

Thank you so kindly guys!
What he originally meant was that there are seals around the back cover that can break down over time, allowing light to leak into the film chamber, even without opening the back cover.

You can have someone replace the seals, or you can do them yourself if you are handy.
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It is extremely easy to replace the seals . I replaced the seals on all my film cameras last year along with the mirror bumpers

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Thank you everyone, so helpful!
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