WATCH: How to load 35mm film to avoid a blank roll

Blank Roll

It’s a heartbreaking moment to get your film back from the lab only to get a blank roll. A common reason for this happening is that the camera’s user failed to load the film properly.

To help prevent this from happening to you (especially to those just starting out), here’s a handy video by Hashem from the vlog Pushing Film on how to load your roll properly.

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How do you find out if you’ve screwed up a roll?

I found out from the local film community that if you couldn’t see the data strip or frame numbers on the roll, it’s most likely that you weren’t able to load the film properly.

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On the other hand, if you see the data strip or frame numbers but the roll is blank, it’s your lab who’s at fault or you might have to get your camera checked.

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