What on earth went wrong here?

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  1. whistule

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    I got a roll of film back from the lab today. Most, but not all, of the photos have two white stripes down the middle of the frame with one half of the picture exposed more than the other. Here's an example:

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    Can anyone make any suggestions as to what might be wrong? Any help much appreciated.
     
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    My first guess would be a stuck and/or malfunctioning shutter.
     
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    Light leak? If it's per frame then the trouble is (or was?) in camera and likely not at the developers. It sure seems to follow the shutter curtain. Is it a vertical or horizontal shutter?

    EDIT: Ooops, Mike beat me to it. :D
     
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    I forgot to ask what orientation the shutter curtains were. If they are horizontal, than I'd be fairly sure that's the problem. If they are vertical, then that would not be the problem.
     
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    I think you nailed it though. A light leak going all the way up the frame like that. very rare. It looks by the exposure, like it is completing it's cycle but just sticking temporarily on the way across (in two places). I guess it needs cleaning at a repair shop. It shouldn't be too bad, $75 ??? I dunno...
     
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    I suppose it could also be possible that it was something at the lab. Check the negatives and line them in order, as if they were still in a roll. If there is a consistent streak across several frames, that could be the problem.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. It's an OM20 - I would've presumed a vertical shutter? It's not on all the photos. Just waiting for another couple of rolls back from the lab. The camera recently went for a full service after the shutter got stuck so perhaps not a complete repair (frustratingly).
     
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    Yeah it sounds like the shutter is sticking intermitently. I would take it back if the other rolls of film show the same problem.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's a curtain shutter. it has a horizontal draw from right to left and not a guillotine action - thus limited in it's max SS. If the shutter were getting hung up a little it would cause exactly that result. But I don't know the OM-20.

    I've only owned the OM-1, OM-2, OM-4 (3 different types) and the OM-10 in that class/maker of SLR. They were call horizontally traveling curtains (L<--R) though.
     
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