shooting today and went into a darker room to change film, forgot to rewind the film before slightly cracking open the camera (half an inch more or less) then realized my mistake and quickly shut it again, but after that the film won't rewind and is stuck at photo 1 for some reason. What might be the issue and what to do?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Given that one does not rewind 120 film, I'm actually very confused here. Can you post a picture of what you think the Rewind Lever is on the camera? It probably has a very different function than to rewind. \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Jun 12, 2019 at 16:24

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Unlike 35mm, you don't rewind 120 film. Keep advancing the film until it is fully loaded onto the take-up spool. Then take out the exposed film with the take-up spool. The old spool becomes your new take-up spool.

If you're not sure and just want to play it safe, you can use a dark room or changing bag. If you don't have access to a dark room, you could try crawling under a comforter in a closet in a hallway with no windows at night.

See YouTube: Loading and Unloading 120 Roll Medium Format Film

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    \$\begingroup\$ i.imgflip.com/33ahyq.jpg \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Jun 12, 2019 at 16:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you all. I meant that I could not advance the film with the crank. I opened it in the dark and found the film had been fully loaded onto the take-up spool. After opening and changing the film, the crank worked again... for half a roll. It locked up again this morning in the middle of my shoot. This happened once before, seemed at the time to be the double exposure lever was stuck on, but this morning it definitely was not on but the crank was stuck. After exposing the first shot one more time, the crank became free to move to photo 2. Have not tried to shoot shot 2 again. \$\endgroup\$
    – Charlie
    Jun 17, 2019 at 5:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Charlie Maybe the shutter mechanism didn't fire properly, causing the crank to be "stuck"? When you finish the current roll, consider having the camera mechanics checked. \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Jun 17, 2019 at 5:28

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