Opened the back of M6 with film..
Old 10-08-2018   #1
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Opened the back of M6 with film..

Sorry if this is double posted, having problems with this post.

Basically on a bright day and at the end of a roll I opened the back to change film only to see I hadn’t rewound.

Have any Leica m6 users have any experience with this, a stupid one I’ll admit and the last I hope but any ideas what I can expect. Entire roll ruined, some?

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Old 10-08-2018   #2
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Depending upon how long you had it open, the tops of all your images will probably be fogged. Surely there is some salvageable image in there so it's not trash. Develop it, you may be surprised.

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Old 10-08-2018   #3
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The question is: who hasn't done this! I did, and most of the frames were fine, and some were gorgeously fogged.
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Old 10-08-2018   #4
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Ha! I've never done anything like that!
Well, not in the last week anyway.
But when that Doh! moment has happened to me, then I've often been surprised what could be salvaged. I mean, I never seem to get close enough so most of my negatives need cropping anyway.
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I have done it at least three times, once losing some important pictures (to be fair, it was in the middle of a riot, so not the easiest of environments). Most of the time if you are quick the damage is fairly minimal.

I try to make a point of *always* rewinding the film as soon as it is finished.
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Old 10-08-2018   #6
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...only to see I hadn’t rewound.
But he hasn't shot the film yet...right?
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Old 10-08-2018   #7
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But he hasn't shot the film yet...right?
"...at the end of a roll..."

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Old 10-08-2018   #8
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Happens to the best of us. There may very well be some shots that were not fogged.

Alfred Eisenstadt was so excited when Life magazine sent him to photograph Marilyn Monroe, he forgot to put film in the camera. He had to go back and shoot it over. We all screw up.
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Old 10-08-2018   #9
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"...at the end of a roll..."

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I have also gotten to what I *thought* was the end of a roll and...discovered I had not wound on. That's what I think he is saying, but I don't know.

I did this specifically with an M6 when it was new before I figured out to be careful that the sprockets engaged with the gear before closing the back.
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Old 10-08-2018   #10
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Yeah, I did that with my M4 once. I got to 38 and realized...

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Old 10-08-2018   #11
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Thanks everyone, I guess, and no surprises, that the roll is most likely wrecked, just to clarify I used it all to the end, forgot to rewind and opened it up. I’ll develop and see, fingers crossed but I’m not optimistic. Any fogging, as great as it might look on occasion is not going to be welcomed, I can only hope some pictures worked it.
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Old 10-08-2018   #12
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Just in case this makes you feel any better, I have taken irreplaceable pictures with a digital camera -- without a memory card in the camera. And, of course, I have opened a camera with film in it, opened a developing tank before the film was developed and ruined some irreplaceable pictures, and not set the film properly on the sprockets so it never advanced. Been at this a long time.

Edit to add: And taken pictures with no film in the camera. But I have never dropped a camera into the deep blue sea.
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Old 10-08-2018   #13
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And I have never once re-used an already exposed roll.
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Happened at least three times!


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Old 10-08-2018   #14
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i've done it on a bright day as well. d'oh. about half the roll showed evidence of the slip up. i always check rewind tension prior to removing the bottom now.
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Old 10-08-2018   #15
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On my MP - with last roll of Agfa Precisa CT100, I lost 4 slides completely, and 4 others damaged by fog/faded - however 28 were fine including a couple of keepers. The roll was in the camera 5 months and I was changing film when I discovered the film inside, luckly I was indoors but bright winter sun was streaming in.... haven't a clue what was on the 4 frames totally lost....
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Old 10-08-2018   #16
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You are now a member of a most prestigious and elite group.

Now that you have made it through our initiation ritual, you are entitled to many priveleges not available to the "common public". You can now call your self a real film photographer.

And as others have suggested. Develop that roll. Sometimes many images make it through the ordeal just fine.
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You are now a member of a most prestigious and elite group.

Now that you have made it through our initiation ritual, you are entitled to many priveleges not available to the "common public".
Yeah, I'm just waiting until I accidentally flash a can of motion picture film, then I will have that qualification as well.

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Old 10-08-2018   #18
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I've done that once. The second I opened the bottom I realized I made a stupid move. Around 1 second later I reattached the bottom and close that.

Guess what, I ruined few shots of the roll, some of them show light leaking at the very bottom. But at least half of the roll was saved.
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Old 10-08-2018   #19
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There was one camera. . . one of the Konica Hexars? . . . that unwound all the film when you closed the back and then as you took pictures, the film wound back into the cassette. that way, all your exposures were safe inside.

But I have made this mistake several times. I even have opened a developing tank after stopping development, but before putting in fixer. With a friend's film! It was thirty years ago and I still feel sick about that one.
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Old 10-08-2018   #20
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Obviously the last frames are completely washed out but most will have light streaks from the sprocket holes. Did this just the other week.
Messing up the developing doesn't help either..

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Yeah, you do this once and you learn. Welcome to the school of hard knocks. It happens to everyone regardless of what anyone says.

One day, if you haven' already, you will-

Take pictures for a couple hours of incredible things without film in the camera.
Hike a few miles with a dead battery, then return and realize you don't have film (ask me how I know).
Open the developing tank with film in it.

Been there, done that. It makes you aware to check everything. That is a good thing. The best learn from experience. The dumb ones never learn.... Whether or not you repeat that mistake will depend on what side of the equation you fall on.
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Old 10-09-2018   #22
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Alfred Eisenstadt was so excited when Life magazine sent him to photograph Marilyn Monroe, he forgot to put film in the camera. He had to go back and shoot it over.
Yes, forgot to put the film in the camera, that's it.
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Old 10-09-2018   #23
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I’ve even accidentally opened up my Patterson developing tank with my undeveloped film spooled inside. Luckily it was only for a moment before I realized, only the sprockets were exposed.
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Old 10-22-2018   #24
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Dumbest thing was I put a partially shot roll back into an fe2, set it to 1/4000, advanced to the proper frame where I left off...and forgot to put it back into AE...
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