So I've been there. You think you have a 36 frame roll of film in the camera, and surprise! it was only a 24 frame roll! Turns out frame 26 didn't exist, and you hear the sickening snap of the emulsion tearing in two. Not to fear! This is fixable!
A few things you're going to need to get your precious photos back in the canister:
- A film changing bag or a dark room & a completely opaque bag (when this happened to me, I didn't have a changing bag, so I used a backpack in a dark room).
- A bottle opener
- Acetate Tape (Scotch Tape)
So here's how this works:
*Go ahead and read through all the directions before you fumble around in the dark to do this*
First, put the whole camera into the changing bag, along with the bottle opener, scissors, and tape.
Second, open the back of the camera, and take out the canister. Pop the lid off of the canister with the bottle opener.
(Be careful to now bend the soft metal! It'll be a huge pain to get back on otherwise!)