I have a Canon AE-1 Program. Recently, I just finished a 36-shot roll. It was done when it wouldn't advance past '36'. So I pushed the button at the bottom like you're supposed to, and I rewound it until there was no more tension and the film count said 'S'.
I opened the back of the camera and the film was still there, wrapped around the spool, as if it never rewound. But I felt the tension AND the release of the tension as the count slid into 'S'. Now that roll is ruined I'm guessing. I've made some peace with that, though it would be godsend if someone can tell me that there's still hope for the shots that are way on the first of the roll... (I've never actually had this happened before so I don't really know what's ruined).
Sprocket holes are fine. And I just finished another roll about 2 days prior to this incident and it rewound just fine.
So I guess my question is - 1) how do I rewind this now back into the canister, and 2) any chance of salvaging the first few shots?
Thanks for any advice.