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03-26-2013, 02:39 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Buying cameras with film already in it

I just recently bought a camera off eBay and it had a roll of film in it with 22/24 exposures used. I finished it up and I'm curious to see what's on it, but I'm hesitant to develop it. First, I feel like I would violate the privacy of the previous owner. Secondly, I don't know the contents of the images and for all I know they could be explicit. I just might though.

It's Kodak Max 400 so it has to be at least from the early 2000s

What do you normally do when you buy cameras with film already in them?

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It's really up to you. They sold it and didn't remove the film and you purchased it as is, so the film is yours too.

That said, I have had that happen twice and each time I threw out the film undeveloped.
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If I knew the previous owner's address, I'd post the roll to them.

Otherwise I'd have it processed. The images could be important to the photog. I'd enjoy the detective work of finding the subjects
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QuoteOriginally posted by samtr87 Quote
I just recently bought a camera off eBay and it had a roll of film in it with 22/24 exposures used. I finished it up and I'm curious to see what's on it, but I'm hesitant to develop it. First, I feel like I would violate the privacy of the previous owner. Secondly, I don't know the contents of the images and for all I know they could be explicit. I just might though.

It's Kodak Max 400 so it has to be at least from the early 2000s

What do you normally do when you buy cameras with film already in them?
Expired films require exposure & processing time adjustment. I learned this from the film folks on another forum. Therefore, unless you develop this film accordingly by hand, the "regular" photofinishing lab will usually give you back a roll of black negative. I got an old Fujicolor 110 film with a camera from France, and that was what the photofinishing lab gave me - a roll of dark negative.

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I bought a cheap digi compact in a local charity shop and found it still had a SD card in it, and there were some very racy pictures on it. People should really be more careful when they give things to a local charity shop. I know both the people in the pictures, and both men are married!
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@Lloydy Hah Hah Hah!!! and I just got a r

I email the seller and ask if they'd like it returned. I've had lots - but notably - exposed 20-year-old Kodachrome in a KX, hand-loaded TX in an LX at "1" and recently Fujicolor Pro 160C at 18 in an MX. Only the LX guy asked for it back. Go figure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lloydy Quote
I bought a cheap digi compact in a local charity shop and found it still had a SD card in it, and there were some very racy pictures on it. People should really be more careful when they give things to a local charity shop. I know both the people in the pictures, and both men are married!
Ah, Public School chaps eh.
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It came from a pawn shop so I don't know who it belonged to.

I'll develop it in a few days and see what's on there. If it's anything nice I'll put it up on the film pics thread if CVS doesn't screw up this time.

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On a home visit to my aged parents a couple of years ago I retrieved an Agfa mf folder from a storage cupboard that had belongedcto my dad. While fiddling with it I realized it was still loaded with 120 film which was subsequently developed. I told the developer that it had been in a cooldark storage cupboard for years.
It had 50 year old images in it of my mother and my younger sister as a 2 or 3 year old amongst some other unkown locations and events and a few double exposures which is probably why the picture taking stopped on that device.. Quite good images. My dad bought s Miranda and a couple of lenses and then a Spotmatic and three lenses which then ended up on my shelves 15 years ago..
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I never bought a used camera with a film in it, but I did buy a used car with a diamond necklace in it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wombat2go Quote
I never bought a used camera with a film in it, but I did buy a used car with a diamond necklace in it.
The best I've done is to buy one with petrol in it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by samtr87 Quote
It came from a pawn shop so I don't know who it belonged to.
The shop should know. I assume they are required to keep records of purchases.
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A colleague of mine bought an old Brownie camera and found it had a roll of 120 in it. I offered to identify and develop it. Turns out it was Kodak Verichrome which I could date to around 1935.





Realising that the film would be fogged, I read up on the various ways to develop old film. I lowered the temp of the developer and extended the time. I was told by those older than me that the film was not sensitive to red light so that I could actually inspect the film under red light during the developing to check how it was doing.

There would have been 8 frames on the roll and I managed to get 4 images out of that. The image quality was best on the frames at the centre of the roll. Obviously the tight rolled outer frames were protecting the inner ones. It was good fun though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Vendee Quote
There would have been 8 frames on the roll and I managed to get 4 images out of that. The image quality was best on the frames at the centre of the roll. Obviously the tight rolled outer frames were protecting the inner ones. It was good fun though.
Hi Vendee,

Have you posted any of those images on this Forum or others? If not, could you please post one or two of them? I love real vintage images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MJL Quote
Hi Vendee,

Have you posted any of those images on this Forum or others? If not, could you please post one or two of them? I love real vintage images.

Vic
Hi Vic,

Sorry but no. My scanner is a dedicated 35mm type so I can't scan 120 film (I can do 6x6 enlargements in my darkroom). I returned the developed film to the owner who had it scanned professionally. The prints were fairly poor quality but not bad considering the age. They were outdoor scenes shot in a garden. There were people in the shots but not close enough for them to be identified.
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