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The Wasted Film

I wasted two of the three films I was given! *crying blood here*

Photo by madedarmajunaedi

This was my first time ever ripping a film roll INSIDE a camera. Holy moly was I down for quite a while. So here’s the story.

A co-worker helped me insert my first film into the camera. Everything was fine. We took 2 shots in the office and I thought hey, I’ll take it out for the weekend and snap pictures while doing my bi-weekly grocery shopping!

So I took the Diana Mini with me to the market. Once there, I took it out of my bag, snapped a third picture, and TRIED to wind the film. It was stuck. Then I jiggled it a bit here and there, and I was able to wind it, but with a lot of friction. Then I tried some more… and 5 minutes later, CRACK! I ripped the film inside! Argh! I opened the camera and there it was.. ripped right in the middle. I have no idea what happened, but there goes my first roll of film. Should’ve checked out this FAQ before I did anything. :(

Photo by vandal

The second wasted roll of film happened the next day! I went out again on Sunday and took my Diana Mini with me. I carefully (well, I thought I was careful) placed my film inside, slid the back cover of the camera, and shut it close. I snapped about 4 pictures until it got stuck again. So this time I said to myself, I’m not gonna play with it. I’ll just bring it to work tomorrow and ask someone what to do. Long story short, I wasted my second roll of film again. But now I know how to wind, rewind, and some other tricks to get it winding again.

So I have my third film in hand, and I am determined not to waste it! I will snap pictures, wind, rewind, and never open the back of the camera until I am at the end of the film. Wish me luck peeps!

I apologize for not posting my own pictures on my articles, but I really don’t have any to upload. I will make sure my next post has some of my own analogue snapshots! Thanks for letting me borrow your photos guys!

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by ilkadj

5 comments

  1. schemerel

    schemerel

    just a tip: don't throw away your waisted rolls ! thay maight actually come in handy some day, like, for example, when u found an old camera and you cant find any manuals you might wanna try with a waist roll first to make sure you get it right (I learnt this the hard way) this is especially the case with 120 film.
    Also, chances are you get hooked on analogue photography (maybe start with a less temperamental camera first :)) and if you are hooked, chances are that you'll get frustrated with processinglabs, so you might wanna trey to develop at home, then waisted rolls are VERY useful to practice winding your film on the developing spool. Good luck on your analogue journey !

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  2. ilkadj

    ilkadj

    @schemerel thanks for the smart tip! Hopefully I won't have too many wasted film rolls. :)

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  3. ilkadj

    ilkadj

    @madedarmajunaedi @vandal thanks for sharing your photos!

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  4. bsdunek

    bsdunek

    After this happened two or three times, I would suspect the camera, especially since two of you loaded the film. I suggest taking the camera to someone that knows about that sort of thing (a Lomography store if one is near you) and have them look at it.
    Having this happen is a real bummer, especially if you have already taken some good photos.

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  5. astilla

    astilla

    I've had this problem too on the Diana Mini! Good luck with your next roll! :)

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