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10-03-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Just got film processed, need help on finding out why a few shots out of 36 have...

Just got my film shots processed and handed back to me. I want to find out why out of 36 shots, only a few of them have half of the photo overblown in highlights to the left of the photograph. It's 2 of my first photos and the 2nd to last photo that have this problem, the last one and the rest of the middle doesn't have this problem.

Is it because I don't use a lens cap on the front of my lens when not in used?
Is it because I loaded and unloaded the film wrongly? I don't think I loaded it wrongly. I loaded with minimum lighting in my bathroom. I also rewind with the lens facing down on a book so light won't go through.
What else may be the case?

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Can you post images of the affected shots?
It's difficult to know what the issue may be without seeing the images.
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I am too lazy to scan it because my printer is really slow. So I am going to do a half-baked photoshop of what it looks like.

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Sounds like a shutter issue if it affected the last shots on the roll.

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Does it look like this?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Does it look like this?

Yes almost exactly! Except it's on the left side and it's white instead of black. Sorry for taking so long to reply, I went to bed lol.
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Sounds odd. I could be wrong but usually shutter issues result in part of the frame being dark.
Is it a gradual change like mine, or a sharp change?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Sounds odd. I could be wrong but usually shutter issues result in part of the frame being dark.
Is it a gradual change like mine, or a sharp change?
It's a gradual change like yours.

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I get this as well. Final shot of the roll cut off on the left hand side, completely unexposed.
I assumed it was perhaps that the film has a non-photo sensitive leader (tail?) at the far end.

I actually kind of like the half shots so I've never tried to prevent them..
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White as in no density on a negative or white as in blown out on a transparency?

A sticky leading curtain on a horizontal-run shutter as in Colton's example above will result in under or non-exposure at one side of the frame or another. The border may be gradual or abrupt depending on the nature of the issue.

Sticking or non-closure of the trailing curtain will result a burn at one side of the frame with the severity being determined by the amount of time the film is exposed to the ambient light in the mirror box.

Your example above is the classic end-of-the-roll shot where the film was bulk loaded. Alternatively, it is the classic first-of-the-roll shot where the film was not advanced far enough before attempting the first frame.


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So if I take a shot, and then advance the film, but didn't advance it all the way, it causes that white-out for the next frame?

EDIT: Here is an upload of the actual image I am talking about.


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Being the 2 first frames sand the 2nd to last, the trailing shutter curtain is probably sticking.
Is this on you MX?
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Yes it's on my MX, how do i unstick it?
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Check to see what shutter speeds it is happening at! You may find that it only comes above sync speed for example
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeDave Quote
Yes it's on my MX, how do i unstick it?
You have it serviced and adjusted by a competent repairman. If it were a cheap Russian rangefinder, I would encourage you to give the repair a try, but an MX is a bit too valuable for that.


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