I have a point and shoot olympus mju zoom 105. It had been working perfectly fine with the first few rolls of film but recently whenever I have put a new lot of film in it automatically rewinds the film after taking only 6 photos. Any ideas as to why this might be happening? Thanks.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Did this only happen once? And what did you do next? \$\endgroup\$
    – user16259
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 5:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it always exactly six? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 7:19

2 Answers 2


Had the same problem once with 135 film and a Canon EOS 300v.

Turns out, that:

  • the battery was quite low (and old)
  • it was winter-time outside with -5 °C
  • and some idiot (me) had the habit of tightening the film before putting it into the camera.

I did so for years with manually winded cameras. But the electronics measured maybe to much needed force and therefore decided to wind back.


The most likely theories:

  • Your batteries are weak. Replace them.
  • There is excessive tension in the winding mechanism that is fooling the camera into thinking that the roll is done. This would need professional repair, most likely.
  • The film is not winding cleanly onto the take-up spool. Make sure you are loading the film correctly. If the film engages crookedly, it's possible the camera would experience higher winding tension than it should.
  • Overloaded bulk rolls of film can cause similar symptoms. Make sure you're using commercially-loaded 36-exposure (or fewer) rolls. (Bulk-loaded film - which is available from a few commercial sources but is usually done at home - should be fine, but is more likely to cause problems.)
  • It might just be that the cartridges that manufacturer uses are tighter than other cartridges. Try another brand of film and see if it's any better.

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