Film not developing! Help!
Hello ifixit folk,
I was wondering what the best solution to getting film to develop would be? They are all turning out blank >_<.
Hello Joseph from the UK,
If the film is developing blank, we recommend that you check to make sure the shutter is functioning properly and the light/five-mode dial is set to proper lighting. If the problem consists then replace the batteries. The other problem may be that the film you have has gone bad and at this point you'll need to buy a new batch.
The cause of the issue depends on what you mean by “not developing”. If the photo turns out all white then that means your film has been flashed - or exposed to so much light it’s no longer able to record a photo. Film works by being exposed to an image projected onto it through the camera’s lens while the shutter is open for a fraction of a second. Therefore the film must otherwise remain in total darkness until it gets pushed out of the camera, during which the packet that contains the development chemistry gets broken open and spread across the film by being squeezed through a set of rollers. The black card that sits in the front of the film pack and gets ejected the first time you push the shutter release is commonly referred to as a dark slide - it’s there to protect the film from light so you can load it without damaging it by exposure to light.
If the photo turns out all black, or some photos turn out all black and others turn out just fine, then your Instax camera has a defective shutter. For some reason, it jams just slightly and fails to leave an opening. The film ends up not getting exposed to the image and that’s why it turns out all black. This seems to be a recurring issue with the Instax Mini 9, and maybe other models too. The camera has a one year warranty so you can get a free replacement or repair from Fujifilm. Also contact them to get any film that was wasted replaced. Or return the camera to the store you bought it from for a refund if that’s their policy and buy yourself a replacement. That’s how I solved the issue with mine.
The most important thing is that one, you don't use expired film and two, you don't expose the film to light no matter what. Even if you open it in the dark, any hint of light will kill the film. Even if you are curious as to if the film is positioned correctly or if there is any film left, ignore that urge because you will 100% ruin your chance of your film developing.
Also, when the film pops out after the photo (make sure you don't open the back whatsoever!) turn it over so that the image that's developing isn't exposed. I'm not sure if this makes a difference or not, but I take no chances so long as the photo comes out!
The environment might also factor in, take that into consideration. If it's very cold or very hot where you are, your film might take longer to develop since it's so sensitive. The camera should be at a pretty average temperature so that it's at its prime.
I hope this helped!
The reason might be either you opened the back and the film was exposed or it was to cold. You might be able to take a couple of pictures at first but eventually the photos will come out white/ undeveloped. The temperature has to be above 40 degrees fagrenheit and less than 104 degrees fahrenheit. Hope this helped.
Change the batteries first. Worked for us. We installed the batteries that came with the camera. Even though it powered on and would feed the film, the pictures did not develop or came out totally black, white or a combo of both. Some had colored dots etc. Changing the batteries correct the problem, all pics now develop. Just incase you want to know we installed the energizer bunny! (-:
Their nothing wrong with the camera.
Its suppose to relate to the old fashion camera thats the whole point. The picture with be blank at first but got to give it a few minutes so the foto can cool off and the picture will appear. When your out side you put it on sunny mode and when inside the house or restrant put the camera on inside. Its amazing and i love it .. it just takes ime to be able to use it..
It's maybe because you take the film box out while it still has film. Another reason might because while you are re putting the new film you touch or squeeze the parts where it says do not touch. I personally had this problem so I took out my film box even though it sill had film and was very careful not touching the parts where they stated do not touch, so after that all my pictures came out perfectly.
We figured out that the random black pictures we were getting about 40% of the time were because if you press the shutter button lightly it wouldnt open the shutter (but it would trigger the flash and film expulsion).
Pushing it firmly made the shutter open and pictures would come out properly. Ridiculous and probably due to some weird design flaw but at least weve figured it out.
OMG has anyone found the reason? I keep going into several sites trying to find out and nothing.
I have tried with 3 different film packages now, being extremely careful of not touching the parts im not supposed to touch.
Everytime i take a picture, it comes out and turns completely black in a few minutes.
Ok so... something strange is happening. All of my pictures turned black after some seconds and were not developing at all.
The first film pack i bought...i thought it was damaged. So after wasting 4 films, I threw away that pack and tried another one.
Same thing happend with the second. Took 3 pictures and decided to remove it from the camera.
Bought a tird film pack and wasted around 3 pictures and the same
So, somehow...I decided to try taking a picture to the sky leaving the indoor setting to allow the camera to capture more light and guess what. That developed!
I read somewhere that maybe the camera was not taking enough light or something.... who knows.
so after the one I took to the sky... I tried taking another to a parked car and then that didn't develop. But then...the car was parked in a place that was not getting enough light so....
I stood up in the brightest place i found and then tried taking a selfie with the sun hitting my face directly but, still leaving the setting for indoors (the one with the little house) and THAT DEVELOPED TOO. My face looked really white because all the light but hey....it developed. It was not all black so that's something.
I took another selfie but with the sun not hitting my face this time. That didn't develop. (Still with the indoors setting...what is happening!?)
So.... Being all frustrated and angry i just decided to finish the whole film pack. I took another picture to the same parked car that was not getting all the sun light...and this time it developed. Then I took another selfie away from the sunlight and this time it developed. I took the last picture I had to some random place that was not very sunny and it developed too....
I have no idea why it worked after that... but I'm thinking.... once you turn on the camera....do you need maybe to give it some time to get warm up or something so it starts developing pictures?
Ok this has been happening to me too, I think that as soon as you take the pic you have to immediately put it face down in a dark area because if exposed to light, it will not develop but I’m not 100% sure just making an assumption. I hope this helps!
I have been experiencing the same problem you have. I would take the picture it would come out and it wouldn’t show up. I have found a solution. Try changing your batteries. I had just got new batteries a day ago and it started working then the next day it broke again. You must remove the batteries after your done with the camera so the batteries don’t run out when your not using it. I hope this was helpful for you i appolgize if it wasn’t helpful. Have a good day!
Hi Joey, I had this problem, too. I couldn’t find the solution online— first, I would check the shutter. It wasn’t the shutter in my case. There was a piece of black tape inside the camera, above the lens, blocking the exposure. Peel it off- problem solved for me. Hope it works for you too!
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