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I have an Olympus OM-10. The film didn't seem to advance for a couple of shots somewhere after 15 or 16 shots. After that, it worked fine (based on the fact that the rewind knob didn't rotate as I pulled the advance lever). Sadly, those two shots were significant to me.

Please someone tell me that it could be okay. Please, can someone also explain why this would happen for two shots only?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you have double exposures on the processed roll, or only didn't see the rewind rotate? \$\endgroup\$
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Feb 16, 2022 at 15:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ I watched it to see if it's advancing and it didn't rotate. I don't do double exposures. I'm kinda new to film camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ghaith Sh
    Feb 16, 2022 at 15:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ If the film didn't advance for two exposures, your film would have three exposures on one frame -- otherwise, it's just due to slack inside the cassette. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:28
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    – Zeiss Ikon
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:30

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If the rewind was rotating after you loaded the roll, and rotated again after the frames you're concerned, it's most likely that all that happened was that the rewind got moved and produced slack inside the cassette, causing the crank to stay still while the tension on the film caught up.

You won't be able to tell for sure if there was an actual problem until you process the film; if a mechanical failure caused the film not to advance for those two frames, you'll have a multiple exposure on whatever frame was in the gate at the beginning of that problem. This is relatively uncommon, however, especially in cameras like the OM10 with mechanical film transport -- if those transport systems fail, they usually stay failed.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes it's probably because some kid touched the camera and I think I noticed he messed with the rewind a bit. You are absolutely right. But I didn't pay attention to it until you mentioned this issue. Thanks, much obliged. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ghaith Sh
    Feb 16, 2022 at 17:57
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    – FreeMan
    Feb 16, 2022 at 18:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ It could also be that the kid fiddled with the rewind release button. In that case, you'll have a double exposure without mechanical failure. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kahovius
    Feb 17, 2022 at 19:18

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