How to Rewind and Remove Film from the Nikon N65 (F65)

This page will cover the steps needed to rewind and remove a roll of 35mm film from the Nikon N65. If you need help with loading film into the camera see this step-by-step guide on how to load film into the Nikon N65.

The Nikon N65 needs to have two CR2 batteries to be able to rewind the film. As soon all frames have been captured, the camera will automatically rewind it. While film is marked as 24 or 36 exposures, you may get an extra one.

Time needed: 1 minute.

Here are the steps you need to follow to rewind and remove the film from your Nikon N65 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. Press both film rewind buttons.

    Turn the camera on and press and hold the ‘BKT’ (bracketing) and exposure compensation buttons at the same time. They both have red film rewind icons next to them.
    You will hear the camera motor rewind the film after both buttons are pressed.

    Nikon N65 Film Rewind Buttons

  2. Wait for the film to rewind.

    The motor will run for ~15 seconds in order to completely rewind the film. Once the process is done, the LCD film counter will display an ‘E’.

    Nikon N65 Film Rewound

  3. Open the film door.

    Push down on the small button on the side of the camera to open the film door.

    Nikon N65 Open Film Back

  4. Remove the film canister from the Nikon N65.

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

    Nikon N65 Remove 35mm Film Canister

  5. 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 Nikon N65.

    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.

There are three different options.

Avoid big box stores and pharmacies. They mail the film to a third party to develop and scan. You will only receive digital scans of your images. You will not get your negatives or slides back.

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.

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.

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.