I took good photos on my Olympus Infinity Zoom 180 — I believe. I took it to CostCo to get developed, since I favor their quality of printing. But the problem is that the roll came out complete blank!

Is this my cameras fault? First time this has happened to me. Did it not capture any of my photos onto the film, or is there another explanation? I did not expose any of the roll it to light. But i did, would only that exposed strip of the film be ruined, or does the whole canister go bad as well?

I heard the film advance and wind every time I took a shot. I know I loaded the film correctly... it was placed into the winder thing, and I heard it advance into shot one. I have also used this camera before with no problems.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Was there a bit of film sticking out of the roll when you brought it in to get developed? The camera could be faulty, too. \$\endgroup\$
    – BBking
    Nov 13, 2014 at 2:43

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The inside of the camera will look something like this:

inside of camera

Film is loaded on the left, and then you pull at the leader out sufficiently far:

Loading the camera enter image description here

The wording in the manual is "to the red mark" which can be seen just inside the right hand part of the camera.

Note that the leader is pulled all the way to the right spindle. If it is not this far, the film will not be caught by the winding mechanism and, well, the film won't advance and you won't take any pictures.

This is likely what happened.

Another option is that a sprocket in the film tore when the film was being advanced. This would have been in the very early part of the film, possibly the leader which would have prevented the film from advancing, even if it sounded like it was. Examine all the film including the leader if it was returned to see if this was the case.


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