How to Rewind and Remove Film from the Canon EOS Rebel (EOS 1000)

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: March 28, 2021
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Canon EOS Rebel Unload Film

This page will cover the steps needed to rewind and remove a roll of 35mm film from the Canon EOS Rebel (EOS 1000). If you need help with loading film into the camera see this step-by-step guide on how to load film into the Canon EOS Rebel.

The Canon EOS Rebel needs to have a 2CR5 battery to be able to rewind the film. As soon as the roll of film is done, the camera will automatically rewind it. This page will cover how to remove a roll of film before all of the exposures have been taken.

How to Rewind Film

Time needed: 1 minute.

Here are the steps you need to follow to rewind and remove the film from your Canon EOS Rebel before a roll of film is completely used. For demonstration purposes, I am using a roll of film that was left in a used camera and exposed.

  1. Remove the lens from the camera.

    Remove the lens by holding down the lens lock next to the lens mount and twisting the lens.
    Canon EOS Rebel Remove the Lens

  2. Set the mode dial to ISO.

    Turn the mode dial to the ISO setting. The LCD will display the current ISO of the film in the camera.
    Canon EOS Rebel Set Mode Dial to ISO

  3. Press both buttons on the top right on the back of the camera.

    Press the exposure compensation and partial metering buttons at the same time. They are on the back of the camera and during normal operation would be pressed with your right thumb.
    You will hear the camera motor rewind the film after both buttons are pressed.
    Canon EOS Rebel Film Rewind Buttons

  4. Open the film door.

    Push down on the small button on the side of the camera to open the film door.
    Canon EOS Rebel Open the Film Door

  5. Remove the film canister from the Canon EOS Rebel.

    Remove the 35mm film canister from the camera. Push down and tilt out the canister from the top of the camera.
    Canon EOS Rebel Remove 35mm Film

  6. Load another roll of film.

    Now is the best time to load another roll of film into the camera. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to load film into a Canon EOS Rebel.

    If you don't have another roll of film, you can just close the back of the camera. For long-term storage, remove the batteries so they do not leak and corrode the battery contacts, which can ruin the camera.

Where to get your film developed?

There are 3 different ways you can get your film developed.

Develop the Film Yourself

The least expensive and most involved way to develop your film is to do it yourself at home. This is what I prefer to do.

You will need some inexpensive equipment and a way to scan your negatives or slides.

Developing film yourself is definitely worthwhile as long as you are consistently shooting film. If you are only going to occasionally shoot film, mailing it to a lab is going to be less expensive.

Mail Your Film to a Professional Lab

There are many photo labs that offer mail in developing and scanning services. What's nice is that you'll get your film scanned using a high-end scanner. This is a big time saver.

Another important aspect is that you'll get your negatives or slides back from the lab. This will allow you to make prints in a darkroom or re-scan them in the future. Plus they act as a physical back-up.

Depending on the lab you choose, you can have the ability to select the machine that does the scanning and any profiles/corrections that get used.

You can also indicate if film has been pushed or pulled so that it can be processed correctly.

Here is a list of US photo labs that offer mail developing services. I have no affiliation with them and I have not used any of their services.

Find a Local Lab

A local lab is a good option as long as it is an independent professional photo lab. These are likely going to be limited to large cities.

The labs located in pharmacies or big box stores are the worst option as they no longer develop the film on location.

What happens is that the pharmacy or big box store will mail the film off to get developed by a third party. You will only receive digital copies of your images. You will not get your negatives or slides back.

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