horizontal line across the frames (35mm film)

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by digitalandfilm, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Had two rolls of film (Fujicolor) developed and all of the prints had a horizontal line across the frames.

    Looked inside the camera, and couldn't see anything on the non-emulsion side, where the negatives seemed to be scratched.

    I suspect the drugstore processing is to blame- not the Olympus XA2.

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  2. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL
    Can you see the line on the negatives. It would be a line that is lighter than the surrounding area.

    It's an odd mark. You can see image detail in the line. It looks more like a flaw in the printing than in the negative.
  3. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    In some spots, yes- I can see it, in others- no.

    Very strange.. :confused:
  4. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    Did the negative get scratched from touching the lip of the film canister?
  5. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    It had the same line in two different rolls of film- line was in the same place!

    I hate to waste another roll of film so I can test a different lab.
  6. RajC

    RajC Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2013
    Speaking of photo processing horrors ..

    while scanning some 15-year-old negatives recently I noticed the processor had vandalized the negatives.
    In one if the negatives, there is a line of flesh-colored touch-up over the eyes of one of the people in the shot. However, the original print of that negative is fine.
    This is not a scratch or other blemish as the line is subtle enough so that it looks like the eye is closed. Again, the original print shows the eye wide open.

    I guess this is the photo-lab equivalent of spitting in a customer's food.