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Any idea why my point and shoot camera photos turn out blurry?

I just got my film camera (olympus mju ii 80) a few months back, and I've already used about 2 rolls of film. I've always taken my pictures with two hands so that the picture would come out steady. ...
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How did this note "19/65 21/90 22/130" help previous owner of this old Zenit 12XP film camera?

Camera info The camera in question is an old Zenit 12XP. It belonged to my passed-away father-in-law. It has shutter speed regulations: B, 30-X, 60, 125, 250, 500 "ГОСТ/ASA" (ISO): 16 * 32 * ...
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What is this medium format military rangefinder camera?

I came across pictures of an old photography magazine, that features pictures of a camera that seems to be a Medium Format camera with interchangeable lenses. I am curious to try and identify it, as ...
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Is it possible to install a filter (or remove one) in a Noblex camera without wasting/exposing film?

Noblex rotating-lens panoramic cameras have the lens inside a drum, which rotates to take a photo, recording a ~130° angle of view on film. Because the lens is inside this rotating drum, there is a ...
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Accidentally opened film camera, film ruined?

I accidentally opened the back of my film camera while trying to advance it for the second time. I have not taken any photos yet and the film counter currently shows a "S". Is my unused film ruined ...
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First film roll just got developed and all my pictures have a white fog on them?

I recently got an olympus om10 and shot my first roll of film, The film is fujicolour c200. I got my film developed and when I picked it up, the guy in the shop said some of them were really dark. ...
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Rangefinder focus shadow discrepancy

The rangerfinder patch in my Yashica Electro 35cc is has to be shifted at a position that is diagonally upper-rightwards to create a genuine focus in the final image. Is this a fault of the camera ...
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Accidentally rewound the film the wrong way

I am a total film shooting newbie and while winding my film back up in the canister I did not notice that i was accidentally turning in the opposite direction of the arrow. I then opened my camera and ...
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How to recover a single blank shot from a film camera

Using an FM2 (at 10th exposure) and cap on the lens, I accidentally press the shutter release. This create a blank shot. Is there a way I can reuse that frame, if the counter is now at 11th frame?
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What should I look for in a swing-lens panoramic camera?

Which features should I look for in a swing-lens panoramic camera (also called short rotation or rotating lens cameras). Which features should I avoid? There are so many options, I found the following ...
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How to meter when pushing film?

I'm using a Nikon FM2 SLR camera. Suppose I use Kodak TMax 400, and I push to ISO 1600 on the camera. Let's say the current meter says shutter speed 1/250 at f/2.8 is the correct exposure (i.e. ...
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Can I do in-camera double exposures on my Canon EOS 600?

I am trying to do in-camera double exposures on my (film) Canon EOS 600. Is there is a way to turn off the automatic wind on or another way to make this possible?
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Does the film counter point to the number of photos taken so far, or after this current shot?

I know this is a dumb question, but I recently inherited my first film camera, a Rollei B35. After loading the film, I had to fire the shutter a couple times to get the film counter in the window to &...
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How to save money when first stepping into analogue?

After shooting in film, you will have to develop, and then either printing or scanning them to get a presentable copy. I am okay with the film camera's investment, be frugal and I can get shooting ...
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Were these Robert Frank photographs made by underexposing in camera versus in development?

These are example images which I think is purposely underexposed: Robert Frank, The Americans Plate 43. Robert Frank, Mary and Pablo in Bed, c.1954 My question is that are those images underexposed ...
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Using an Olympus OM-10, why does film not advance for a couple of shots only?

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 ...
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Why am I getting black areas at the edge of my film exposures?

I'm using an analog camera, Olympus OM-1. Lately I've been developing my roll, and found some weird dark area along the surface of the film. This dark-area-thingy only appear during outdoor and sunny ...
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How can I tell if I've broken the rewind button on my AE-1?

I recently bought a canon AE-1. After finishing my first roll of film I went unload it and forgot to press the rewind button on the bottom before winding the rewind crank. I know… I should’ve reread ...
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Can Nikon Nikorr 50/1.4D be used with a Nikon FM2?

I plan to obtain Nikon Nikorr 50/1.4D. Can it be used for Nikon FM2? Is it an AiS lens? I read somewhere that non AiS Lens may damage FM2.
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Why does the shutter work only without film loaded on a Minolta X-370?

Using a Minolta X-370, what does it mean if the shutter advances and releases without film but it will not release the shutter with film loaded?
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How many frames have I lost due to opening my Canon Sure Shot 60?

Recently I purchased a Canon Sure Shot 60. Today, I made a huge mistake by opening the compartment where the film is located by accident. I had already taken 5-6 shots, and as soon as I closed where ...
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Black Object In Some Pictures

I've got a squeaky Canon AE-1 Program, and in some pictures, a black object would appear. I've emailed a CLA place near me, and he quote: " You have something floating around your film frame.....
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What battery should I use in a Minolta XD-11?

I just got a XD-11 and it needs a battery. The user guide references a Eveready S-76 but I can't find info on the S-76 battery model. What is the proper battery to use in a Minolta XD-11 today?
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How do you load this 8mm camera?

Where is the film gate? How can I put film in this camera correctly? It’s a Carena Variogon Zoomex. It’s not Super 8, it’s double 8mm. Update. The answer by Alan Marcus got me thinking and taking ...
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Mounting Canon focus by wire lens (EF 50mm f1.8 STM) to EOS 300

I recently got a Canon EOS 300 (the film version, not digital) and would like to buy a faster lens in addition to the kit lens which I received with it. I see that the 50mm f1.8 STM is still in ...
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What hotshoe flashes are compatible with my Canon EF film camera?

I'm looking for a hot shoe flash for my old Canon EF analog film camera from the 70s. Any ideas? Is there anything I should specifically look at to make sure it's compatible? 1973 Canon EF film camera
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What aperture is selected when I use a Nikon N2000 with a G lens?

I started using a Nikon N2000 and I inserted a Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G (https://www.adorama.com/images/Large/nk5018gu.jpg) Since there is not any setting of the aperture (which may be from f1.8 to f.16), ...
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What external flashes can I use with a Zenit 122?

I have a Zenit 122 camera, 3rd version (shown here) Can I put on it an external flash for digital Nikon reflex, for instance? If not, which kind of flash should I buy for it? Is there a flash ...
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How do I prevent washed out photos with an Olympus Mju II on sunny days?

Whenever I use my Olympus Mju II with ISO 200 film on a warm very sunny day, the photos come out washed out. I need help with what proper film to use.
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When to use standalone lightmeter when your camera already has it? [duplicate]

I'm using Nikon FM2, it already has it's own internal light-meter. I'm wondering if it's good enough. When to use standalone lightmeter (like Sekonic) when your camera already has it?
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Does the Minolta Hi Matic 7 need batteries to function?

I bought myself my first film camera, and I am wondering if Minolta Hi Matic 7 will take pictures without a battery. I wonder, because I've seen posts that say some film cameras don't really need ...
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Why am I getting occasional cloud-like artifacts on my 4x5 film shots?

Not always, just from time to time, I'm discovering these cloud-like artifacts on my 4x5 film shots. They are present on the film itself; it's not scanning artifacts. Artifacts can be present on ...
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Canon IIIa Batteries

What batteries do Canon IIIa cameras need? Or do they need any? I've never used a film camera before. I've tried googling but all that comes up is about DSLRs.
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Nikon F100 body - camera back latch repair solutions?

I have a Nikon F100 body that needs a back repair. For those not in the know, Nikon abandoned its use of solid metal latches (that were highly durable) in favour of a lighter plastic latch. Over ...
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Why can't I mount a Pentax SMC 85/2.2 on a Pentax ME Super?

I just got a Pentax SMC 85/2.2, and was looking forward to using it on my Pentax ME Super. Both are supposed to have K-Mounts according to the descriptions. Unfortunately, I cannot mount the lens on ...
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What are these weird black shapes on these photos?

I took some photos last month with a disposable Ilford camera like this one. On some photos, a strange serpentine black shape can be noticed in the corner. I didn't notice anything unusual about the ...
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I accidentally dropped my kodak m35 camera and the film count reset to S again

I own a kodak m35 camera and I accidentally dropped it. The film count reset to S again. I already took pics beforehand. Will I lose the pictures I’ve taken? or Do I need to rewind the film and send ...
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Is my RB67 back missing a part?

Just got an RB67 Pro with Pro S 120 film back. In the photo below, there is (I think) a little piece missing that should hold the film spool in place (where the arrow points to). Right now, the film ...
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Is a sticking mirror latch lever a likely cause of a winding issue on a Pentax ME Super? What else could it be?

I've recently added a Pentax ME Super to my (ever growing) SLR collection. This one appears to have had minimal use, but it has an issue with the advance lever which I think I know the cause of, but ...
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Will accidentally pushing the rewind button of FM2 ruin the whole exposures?

I accidentally pressed the rewind button (at the bottom of the camera) of Nikon FM2. I was at my 15th exposure. In such situation, what should I do? Will it destroy my whole exposures?
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Is the film still useable if the back of an analog camera opens while you're still on 0 shots and have just loaded in the film?

I just bought an analog camera 35mm ( see website: https://www.hema.nl/vrije-tijd-kantoor/instax/instax-cameras/analoge-fotocamera-35mm-60390006.html ) and I bought the Kodak Gold 200 iso 36exp 3-PAK ...
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Shooting mystery film found in 1930s camera

Recently I purchased a German fold-able camera which was produced in about early 1930s. Got it from camera collector who told me he never tried that camera. To my surprise when I got this camera home, ...
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How to load Leica IIIf to avoid problems with film advance, ripped sprocket holes, and short leader?

I was having problems loading my Leica IIIf with 35mm film. It’s not advancing, and some of holes ripped in the effort. After much annoyance and destroying of film (womp), I'm trying to figure out ...
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What is the purpose of pre-focusing on a Canon AF35m ii?

I am HIGHLY confused as to what this means. The camera says to press the shutter once to prefocus & another time to take the actual shot . Why do i have to move after ive pressed the shutter ...
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my film not rewinding back to the canister [closed]

I’m new to this film camera. I bought a plastic film camera with automatic rewind and I just finished my first roll but when I slide the rewind button it did not rewinding my film at all, did I load ...
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Focus in Analog and Digital Cameras [duplicate]

Why a subject not in focus in the viewfinder of an analog camera is seen as two misaligned half circles, while in that of a digital camera is evenly blurred?
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Is it possible to use an Olympus OM-SYSTEM S ZUIKO lens on the Canon A1 film SLR?

I can't find a suitable adapter from OM to FD. Is it not possible due to the flange distances/etc? I know there are OM to EF adapters though, but I want to use this Olympus OM lens on my film Canon ...
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Comparison between Nikon F - 301, F 55, F 50, and Canon A-1, t-80 [closed]

Can you give me a comparison (of performances, quality, and if you know of photos taken by you or people you know etc) between these cameras? Here some specifications: - F-301 - F 50 - F 55 - Canon ...
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Rewind button stuck - is it essential?

I recently bought a perfectly working Mamiya 528AL. Pictures from the first test came out great. As for the second roll of film, after a while I noticed the film advance lever wasn't working as ...
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Compact film camera to handle high iso sensitivity

I'm an amateur photographer digging into film photography. I currently own a Minox GT which I really love: it's on aperture priority, really compact and light-weight, it's got a quite good, fast lens, ...
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