How to Rewind and Remove Film from the Nikon N70
The Nikon N70, which was also sold at the Nikon F70 in Europe and other places, needs both film rewind buttons to be pressed to rewind a roll of film. This process can also be used to rewind a roll of film before all the exposures have been used.
If you need help with loading film into the camera see this step-by-step guide on how to load film into the Nikon N70.
The Nikon N70 needs to have two CR123A batteries to be able to rewind the film.
How to Rewind Film
Time needed: 1 minute.
Here are the steps you need to follow to rewind and remove the film from your Nikon N70. For demonstration purposes, I am using a roll of film that was left in a used camera and exposed.
Press both of the film rewind buttons on the N70.
With the camera on, press both of the film rewind buttons at the same time. They are the ‘in’ and ‘vari-program (Ps)’ buttons. You can see small red film rewind icons next to the buttons.
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’.
Open the film door.
Push down on the small button on the side of the camera to open the film door.
Remove the film canister from the Nikon N70.
Remove the 35mm film canister from the camera. Push down and tilt out the canister from the top of the camera to make it easier to remove the film canister.
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 N70.
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.
- The Darkroom
- Photo Place Inc.
- Indie Film Lab
- Richard Photo Lab
- North Coast Photo
- Old School Photo Lab
- Photoworks San Francisco
- New Jersey Film Lab
- Process One
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.