Trusty FE2 with MD12 Issue- Revisited (gone away?)

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Some Dude, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Some Dude

    Some Dude Guest

    For Posterity:

    (and future googlability for others)

    I shot a roll of tm100, shot two pics of each shutter speed (as
    recommended by others). All the way from B to 4000. All shots "came
    out". Course at 8 seconds in broad daylight..but it did "come out".
    I realise that negative film has greater exposure latitude but the
    previous slide film came out (pitch black even with a loupe
    and a light table).

    The camera works fine- perfectly fine.

    So I'm leaning towards a temperature (environmental) issue. Is this
    feasible? The extremes in temp- could they totally destroy slide film
    and make thin cn's? Perhaps the shutter jammed up or froze
    temporarily? All batteries tested with voltmeter and all good.

    Should I just stop pursing this and shoot film and hope it doesn't
    happen anymore? :) Its kind of sketchy when i'm shooting for dough
    and the slides don't come out :(


    Some Dude, Mar 3, 2004
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  2. That's a common problem with those cameras. As the temperature approaches
    freezing, the battery voltage approaces zero. Nikon even sold a little
    gadget that replaced the batteries and battery cover and had a cable
    to a little box that you kept inside your coat.

    You could try the lithium battery for it. It does not work as well at
    room temperature (and is a lot more expensive than 2 a76 or even px76's),
    but it does work better in colder temperatures.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Mar 4, 2004
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    Mike King Guest

    I hate to even ask, but are you sure the roll of slide film went through the
    camera? (Been there, done that.)

    The older cameras can be a bit tricky to load, especially in cold weather,
    if you are wearing gloves. If the camera jammed, you might not be able to
    advance the film, if the battery current dropped from temperature, the only
    shutter speed that would keep working is "M".

    And, of course, when testing a suspected problem, you then take extra care,
    inside, loading the camera and the problem can not replicate.
    Mike King, Mar 4, 2004
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