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1. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member 45 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello I have a Nikon F50 Slr camera which has given me many excellent photos. However, the last 2 films i have had developed- in different places- have come out very very dark- and most have not come out at all.

This occurs when i use the Preset modes (e.g Landscape, portrait etc.)

Can anyone give any advice as to what the problem might be, and how I can inexpensively fix it?



2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Try checking with Travel 100 he's a photographer..

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It sounds to me like the aperature (not quite sure on the spelling there) is off. It isn't leaving the shutter open long enough to properly expose light to the film. What also might be the case is that your film was a very low 'iso', which means it needs more light to shoot photos. Generally this isn't a big problem as most standard film types are 100 or higher and it's fine in most conditions but if you're using professional film (or maybe even 100) in not well lit conditions it could turn out dark....

If it is on a standard preset, try taking it to a camera store as something seems to be wrong then with the preset... or maybe something is overriding the preset?


4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Marin,

Ok if you use the default camera programs then i would say that i should work.

But are you sure that the ISO setting is set right?

Are there any problems if you go to manual mode? If not then maybe the software in your camera is of.

Hope it helps.


5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

It could be any of the things already mentioned. I'd buy a roll of 400 (iso), but the camera setting a P, and under normal lighting conditions (like 10am or whatever) go out and take a bunch of pictures.

After you load the film, check to see that the camera knows in has 400 (iso) film in the camera. There is a button you can push and it correct it will say 400.

Then get the film developed and see how the pics come out. If they then come out ok, the problem is either with the "preset modes" or that you simply didn't have enough light when the pics were taken. If the problem is only with the preset modes, you really don't need them and could probably do without them rather than paying to have it fixed.

It can be expensive to have these cameras fixed. My F-100 broke the other day and it's costing $389 to get it fixed .

6. Posted by ARway (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, Martin

Did you try any other modes? If they are the same result, maybe there is something wrong in the shutter.

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Travel100

but the camera setting a P

Sorry about the typos, meant to suggest:

Put the camera mode setting on P (program).