Got some film back..what's going on?? Help!

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by emmamontesi, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Hello!

    I recently got back some film from my Contax G2 which typically produces great photos and is in mint condition. Most of the photos turned out perfectly normal-- but on a few of the photos from a couple of my most recent rolls, it appears as though there is an issue happening on certain occasions. The first one was the last photo in a roll, and the few with multiple images were side-by-side in the middle of the respective rolls. The photo of the door was in between 2 unaffected photos. Is this an issue with the camera? I am just so confused as to why its only happening on random occasions, whereas the rest of the rolls seem to turn out fine.
    Let me know if you know what's going on, any help appreciated!!
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  2. Hi Emmamontesi, I guess my first look would be to the negs - they will give an indication of what's happening. If these show up in the negs, then it's a camera problem, and if not, then it's a printer problem. After that, I can't offer much
  3. Looks like the neg. was moved during printing
  4. If the anomaly turns up in your negatives as well as your prints, then you might possibly have an incipient shutter curtain problem. A qualified Leica service technician such as Sherry Krauter should be able to diagnose and repair the problem.
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  5. I think you are correct. Looks like a shutter problem.
  6. Why would anyone send a Contax G2 to 'Sherry'?

    Now for the repair issue:
    The image flaw is both 'blurry' and 'over-exposed' - Add to that an electronic shutter which is VERTICAL in design & of course
    produces HIGH speeds with a 'slit-width'.

    If it isn't a processing induced problem, then confidence is high that the motorized film transport (Which is quick in these Contax G & G2 units), has been sporadically & electronically initiated mid-exposure (The film is moving during the exposure)...
  7. Yeah Sherry doesn't do Contax G2 stuff. She's booked up as it is with Leica repairs.
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  8. Thank you -- Gus, If that is the case-- what would that entail as far as a repair go or what would cause that to happen? The camera is near mint condition and has probably only had about 20 rolls through it. ):
  9. In a low mileage unit such as you describe, the typical issue is contamination on contact landings & switches.
    This contamination is caused by age related out-gas fuming from the internally used foam, lubricantes & rubber in their end of life failure.
    Remedy? - Solvent wash all contact switches etc. and re-lubricate with an electrolube substance...

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