Second Roll of Film Shot–And possible Problem

Animals, Architecture, birds, Chiswick, England, Film, Historic, Photography, Wildlife

I have had one issue with film I have shot in the used Nikon F80 camera that I purchased. On a roll of Kodak Portra 400 at a family gathering  half of the shots are either half or 3/4 black. There would be good shots before, between and after these shots.

The negative looks blank. A possible shutter issue? But, I am not sure. I have since shot a roll of black and white film that I will pick up on Friday to see if I have the same issue. If so guess I will have to figure out what is causing the problem. 

Now to the images I shot on my second roll of film. These are from scanned negatives and have pointed out in two of them an issue that I cannot figure out what happened. Scanned on Epson V500 using Epson scanning software with Digital Ice selected.

All of these were taken at Chiswick House. Shot using 50mm lens. Film was Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400.

Film Chiswick House

Film Chiswick House2 Film Chiswick House3

The image on the right had something on the negative. I removed a bit of it from the sky but left it on the pillar. Not on the print I received.

Film Chiswick House4

Film Chiswick House5

Green line appeared on the scanned negative. Not on the print that I received.

Film Chiswick House6


Testing Nikon F80 35mm Film Camera

England, Film, Photography, River Thames

Picked up the prints of my test roll of film yesterday. Shot these to see if all was well with the camera, as I only have a 3 month guarantee. All seems to be in working order. Although I need to practice with film and learn the ins and outs a bit more.

These were shot with Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400. I scanned the negative and the print. Each set has had the same Photoshop adjustments for comparison. The negative scan is on the top and the print scan underneath. The print size is 6×4.

Film Boats Negative

Film Boats Print

Film Riverside Negative

Film Riverside Print

Film Sunrise Negative

Film Sunrise Print

I shot a Roll of Film

Film, Flower Photography, Nature, Photography, Soft

24 exposures to be exact with less than stellar results. Was this due to the film being old? Since I did use film that has been hanging out in the refrigerator for at least the last 10 years. OR was this due to the fact that the lens for the majority of the shots I used needs a proper clean inside? OR since I could not review my images and adjust exposure as needed did this lead to poorly exposed images? Trial and error experiment with film and then scanning in the images.

I first tried to scan the negatives. Did not like the results of that so then scanned in the prints. These are my favourite 3 out of the 24 shot, which I did run a noise removal filter and then a bit of sharpening. Scanned using Epson Perfection V500 Photo flatbed scanner.


Shot with Minolta Maxxum 7000 and Minolta 50mm lens


Shot with Minolta Maxxum 7000 and 70mm – 210mm lens at 210mm


Shot with Minolta Maxxum 7000 and 70mm – 210mm lens at 210mm

I shall try again and shoot film but next time with a fresh roll. I would also like to shoot a roll of black and white.