Jump to content


Photo

Nikon R10 just arrived...


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Tom Doolittle

Tom Doolittle
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Camera Operator

Posted 13 October 2006 - 03:54 PM

Hello,

The Nikon R10 SUPER I bought last week just arrived. (Some of you may recall I've been shopping around for something to replace the Nizo I've been using.) I just opened the box, and I was hoping somebody could answer a few questions...

First off, where can I get a manual for this thing?

In the meantime, how do the overlap/dissolve/fade-in/fade-out switches work?

I can't seem to get the meter needle to move no matter what I do. Is there are trick, or is the meter toast? (Yes, it has batteries installed.) Even with the EE-lock knob pulled out (I'm assuming this makes it manual), the needle does not move. Any advice?

I've read posts here that discuss the R10's need for some sort of filter key. My camera apparently did not come with one of these. I assume it goes in the slot on top, currently covered by a little rubber plug? Any idea where I can get one of these filter keys? What does it look like?

The seller neglected to mention a spot of fungus inside the front element. Any chance of getting this cleaned off?

Thanks for your input.

-Tom
  • 0

#2 Andrew Means

Andrew Means
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 88 posts
  • Other

Posted 13 October 2006 - 04:22 PM

Hello,

The Nikon R10 SUPER I bought last week just arrived. (Some of you may recall I've been shopping around for something to replace the Nizo I've been using.) I just opened the box, and I was hoping somebody could answer a few questions...

First off, where can I get a manual for this thing?

In the meantime, how do the overlap/dissolve/fade-in/fade-out switches work?

I can't seem to get the meter needle to move no matter what I do. Is there are trick, or is the meter toast? (Yes, it has batteries installed.) Even with the EE-lock knob pulled out (I'm assuming this makes it manual), the needle does not move. Any advice?

I've read posts here that discuss the R10's need for some sort of filter key. My camera apparently did not come with one of these. I assume it goes in the slot on top, currently covered by a little rubber plug? Any idea where I can get one of these filter keys? What does it look like?

The seller neglected to mention a spot of fungus inside the front element. Any chance of getting this cleaned off?

Thanks for your input.

-Tom



Hey Tom-

Congratulations on your purchase, I really like my R10...

I have a manual somewhere, I'll see if I can upload it for you. It'll lay out how to work the overlap and disolve switches- it's pretty simple.

As for the light meter- when there's no film in the camera the light meter ususally doesn't work very well for me- although sometimes it does. When there is film in the camera the light meter *should* work if you depress the trigger a bit. If you pull the EE-lock knob out then you should be able to change the apeture manually by turning it. If not then you may have a real problem.

The filter key is a little metal thing that drops down into that slot with the plug- when in it disengages the 85b filter. I bought one for 1,000 yen while in Tokyo, but I'm sure they're for sale elsewhere, or you can make one with an old credit card. I'd almost recomend that more, as you can cut the card so it is held in place by the plug- then that way you don't have to worry about losing the plug while you have the filter in place.

I can't help ya with the fungus...

Hope you get some great footage out of this thing! Do you mind if I ask how much you paid for it?

Andrew

Edited by Andrew Means, 13 October 2006 - 04:23 PM.

  • 0

#3 Tom Doolittle

Tom Doolittle
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Camera Operator

Posted 13 October 2006 - 04:37 PM

Hope you get some great footage out of this thing! Do you mind if I ask how much you paid for it?

Andrew


Thanks, Andrew. A manual would be fantastic!

I paid about $300 for it, including shipping. Hope I didn't get burned! I'll pop some film in it when I get home tonight and see if that helps with the meter. I already tried manipulating the little notch-reading pins and had no luck that way, but maybe an actual cartridge will do the trick.

Tom
  • 0

#4 Matt Pacini

Matt Pacini
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1246 posts

Posted 13 October 2006 - 05:23 PM

The lap dissolve function is kinda tricky, & hard to explain (plus, I haven't done it for a while).
Best wait until you get a manual.

A quarter in the filter key slot works perfectly.

The meter should move when you're in manual, so you may have a problem there.
(Make sure the shutter angle is set to wide open.)'
The R-10 is a great camera, I'll never get rid of mine!
  • 0

#5 Heinrich Kronschläger

Heinrich Kronschläger
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 18 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 13 October 2006 - 07:09 PM

I have heard , a Nikon R-10 can hardly be repaired , if the lightmeter-needle is stuck .
Too much money for a camera, which does not work. I would try to get the money back from the seller !
Henry
  • 0

#6 Andrew Means

Andrew Means
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 88 posts
  • Other

Posted 13 October 2006 - 07:50 PM

I have heard , a Nikon R-10 can hardly be repaired , if the lightmeter-needle is stuck .
Too much money for a camera, which does not work. I would try to get the money back from the seller !
Henry


While in Tokyo I met with a guy named Tak who runs a super8 store- he said he actually knew of a place in CA that can fix the light meters on R10's- Tom if yours is tits-up let me know and I'll try to get the name of the place.
  • 0

#7 steve hyde

steve hyde
  • Sustaining Members
  • 446 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Seattle

Posted 14 October 2006 - 12:03 AM

....I've got a manual for you:

http://www.steve-hyd...m/Nikon R10.pdf (43mbs) It prints well

Steve
  • 0

#8 Tom Doolittle

Tom Doolittle
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Camera Operator

Posted 14 October 2006 - 11:52 AM

Everyone, thanks for the help. Special thanks to Steve Hyde for the manual. It pretty much confirmed my worst fear- the meter is toast!

I put a cartridge in this morning and...nothing. No needle movement at all, not even when film is rolling. Wouldn't be such a big deal (I could always use an external meter) but the manual control does not seem to do anything at all either. When I pull the knob out, it just spins uselessly and does nothing to the needle. The manual keeps referring to "servo-controlled aperture". Maybe the servo motor is dead? Who knows.

Anyway this camera isn't going to do me much good if I can't even set the aperture manually (Damn auto-features! They've cursed me again! Why didn't they just put the f-ing aperture control on the lens where it belongs???) So, Andrew, I guess I will be needing the name and number of your guy who can fix these things. Alternatively, anyone know where I can get a repair manual?

TD
  • 0

#9 steve hyde

steve hyde
  • Sustaining Members
  • 446 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Seattle

Posted 14 October 2006 - 12:01 PM

...bummer.

Tom, I suggest contacting Mitch Perkins in Toronto.

http://photoplays.ca/

He has worked on R10 cameras...

Steve
  • 0

#10 Andrew Means

Andrew Means
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 88 posts
  • Other

Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:30 PM

Hey Tom-

Contact Tak at Retro Enterprises- he should be able to get you the name of the place in CA.

http://film.club.ne....glishindex.html

Best of luck man!

Andrew
  • 0

#11 Ruben Arce

Ruben Arce
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 43 posts
  • Student
  • Salt Lake City

Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:46 PM

8 years or so later. Exactly the same situation happened to me. I bought a Nikon R10 it's beautiful, so clean it looks just like new, when I received the camera I tested the manual exposure lever and it worked and 15 minutes later, It got stuck and it didn't move again. Exactly the same situation. It won't meter in auto and it won't move when I turn the knob.

 

I did my research, I found that there is an electrical contact for the meter and some people got it back on track by sanding the terminals. I did. I cleaned the terminals and contacts but nothing happened. The camera works at any speed, zoom works, it will even fire the flash and everything else works fine. Except the meter.

 

So Question for Tom. Did you get your camera fixed? Did you find a workaround solution? I'll send mine in but I heard that they have to remove the leatherette and it will never look the same. 

 

Any comments and suggestions welcomed, specially from Tom Doolittle.

 

Thanks.

 

Ruben


  • 0

#12 Andries Molenaar

Andries Molenaar
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 671 posts
  • Industry Rep
  • Amsterdam

Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

The meter-needle and /or aperture actuator are stuck in gone hard grease.

If you hold the camera to your ear you can hear the actuator struggle to move the aperture.

 

The camera must be opened on the left side and an acquainted repairman must clean the EE parts.

Mr Tak of retro-8 in Tokyo has a NIKON ciné specialist. Possibly there are people who can do the same in the US. Or Europe.

 

Be sure to negiotate the costs in advance of sending in your camera.

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=41863


Edited by Andries Molenaar, 04 April 2014 - 03:27 PM.

  • 0

#13 Ruben Arce

Ruben Arce
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 43 posts
  • Student
  • Salt Lake City

Posted 05 April 2014 - 08:01 PM

Thanks Andries,

 

Sounds like a lot like what may happened to my camera. Since it was working when I received it and when I moved the needle it got stuck in the grease. I tried, leaving the camera outside receiving sun rays and heating it with a hair dryer. But none of those methods worked. So I think I'll send it to a shop in LA.

 

http://willardengineering.com/home

 

I would like to have it oiled and serviced too. I don't like the idea of the camera not looking as good as it does now, but I'll have to lie with that if I want the camera working again.


  • 0


Metropolis Post

The Slider

FJS International, LLC

Rig Wheels Passport

rebotnix Technologies

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Technodolly

Willys Widgets

Wooden Camera

Tai Audio

CineTape

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Visual Products

Glidecam

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Ritter Battery

Opal

Abel Cine

Aerial Filmworks

Paralinx LLC

CineLab

Willys Widgets

Broadcast Solutions Inc

CineTape

Aerial Filmworks

Wooden Camera

Paralinx LLC

FJS International, LLC

The Slider

Visual Products

Ritter Battery

Tai Audio

Technodolly

Metropolis Post

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Opal

CineLab

Glidecam

rebotnix Technologies

Rig Wheels Passport

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Abel Cine