I just bought a Minolta xe-7, shot my first roll and developed it at home. The result was a roll of film that came out almost completely clear except for the fist several exposures on the roll and a few white spots here and there.

The film does have edge markings on it which seems to indicate that the development process went ok, and everything I can find on this points to a camera issue.

However I tested the camera before and after loading the film and the shutter opens and closes just fine, and I had no problems advancing the film while I was shooting. The safe load indicator moved as it should and the frame counter advanced properly and stopped once i got to the end of the roll.

So far I cannot find a satisfactory answer so I'm hoping someone here can help me out. Thanks!

spot on negative

spot on negative

First several exposures decent exposure at the start of roll

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    And, did the camera make the same sound when you shot the blank frames as it made when you shot the "first several" frames? Also, "...white spots?" Were those "white spots" in the "first several?" or were they in the "almost completely clear" part of the roll? Maybe you could add a picture of a few of those white spots to the question. May 14, 2020 at 21:59
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    Did you set the ASA dial to 400 ? Did you shoot in auto or manual ? if manual did you take a meter reading and set the fstop accordingly ?
    – Alaska Man
    May 14, 2020 at 22:01
  • Minolta XE-7 SLR – Camera Review casualphotophile.com/2014/04/14/…
    – Alaska Man
    May 14, 2020 at 22:10
  • To clarify, the white spots were on the clear part of the roll, as if only those spots got any exposure. I'll add a few pictures when I get home. Also, yes the dial was set to ASA 400, and I was switching from manual to auto to familiarize myself with the camera, but making sure to change settings with the meter readings when on manual. As far as I can tell the camera made the same sound throughout the whole roll. May 15, 2020 at 13:24
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    Re. the spots: it looks like the film has stuck to itself when in the tank, inhibiting normal flow of the chemicals over the film surface. Are you sure it was correctly loaded onto the reel? Did you feel any resistance when loading it? Re. the shutter: have you tried firing it on different speeds without film, observing how the curtains behave? That should be enough to diagnose whether there's a problem with the shutter.
    – Kahovius
    May 15, 2020 at 22:13


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