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#1 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:54 PM

Hey everyone,

A local photo shop is going out of business and is basically trying to get rid of all their stuff. They have a Minolta Autopak 8 K11 for $60. They said the only thing wrong with it is the battery is drained.

I can't seem to find any details about its battery. Anybody know if it's replaceable or rechargeable or what.

Also, is this a good camera to use? It doesn't have manual exposure (except for the over/under option) which is my only issue, but for so cheap is it worth it?!

thanks in advance for your input!

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 11 January 2007 - 05:56 PM.

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#2 Matthew Buick

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:01 PM

I think that model takes AAs, I'm not totally sure, though.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:03 PM

Hmmm, I'll have to go back and unscrew the battery pack and take a peek...you may be right.

Any opinions on how good the cam it is? The lens seemed to be in pristine shape at least.

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 11 January 2007 - 06:04 PM.

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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:12 PM

Good luck, I really hope someone else doesn't get there first. ;)
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 03:55 AM

Both the retailer and myself were at a loss...couldn't find the battery portion to save our lives.

Anyone know? Is it in the handle? We tried unscrewing it, but it uh...it wouldn't unscrew.

Here's a link to an already ended eBay listing of this camera: http://cgi.ebay.com/...4QQcmdZViewItem

If you know where it is, please tell me! Ha ha

I'm so inexperienced with Super8 cams...mainly work in 16mm, so I'm a lil' lost :)
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 06:56 AM

This is the only information i could find on the camera:

http://super8wiki.co..._Autopak-8_K_11

More than likely the batteries will be in the handle.
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#7 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:28 PM

Mehhhh, I'll just pass on it and wait on a good deal for a model with more manual controls.

thanks for your help :)
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 03:14 PM

Mehhhh, I'll just pass on it and wait on a good deal for a model with more manual controls.

thanks for your help :)


According to Wikki it claims to have manual exposure.

Maybe the round handle unscrews and actually comes off?
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#9 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 05:16 PM

Yeah, the handle comes off, but if there's a battery pack in there it seems like they've made it hard to get to as the bottom portion of the handle doesn't screw off. And, the store won't let me play with it too much without buying it beforehand.

It's manual exposure capabilities are limited. It sets for whatever ASA you're shooting, then gives you the option of shooting normal, -1, or +1 or +2

If anyone KNOWS about the battery issue, please lemme know...if I can get that info and it's still there in a couple days, maybe I'll still consider it.

thanks again everyone :)
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#10 Mike Rizos

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 07:41 PM

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The camera takes 4 AAs in the grip. The bottom ring unscrews to replace them. If it doesn't unscrew, it means there is batteries in it, and they leaked to seal the threads. Remove the grip by turning upper ring counterclockwise, which unscrews independently of the grip, and set the bottom 1" of the grip into a glass of Coke for a few minutes. This should loosen it up.
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#11 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:43 PM

Mike, you're awesome

thanks!

I'll have a go at it. I suppose I should use Diet so things don't get sticky ;)

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 12 January 2007 - 09:43 PM.

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#12 Rick Palidwor

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:34 AM

Personally I don't think its a good camera and for $60 you can find something better. The lack of complete manual exposure control will drive you crazy. And it sounds like the batteries corroded in the compartment if you can't get the compartment open. Keep looking.

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#13 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 08:41 AM

Mischief managed...I'm not gettin' it.

Went back to the shop but my instincts told me NO

Besides, I have access to a Canon 814. The Minolta would have just been an unnecessary expense.

cheers

Jon
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#14 Rick Palidwor

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 08:50 AM

Mischief managed...I'm not gettin' it.

Went back to the shop but my instincts told me NO

Besides, I have access to a Canon 814. The Minolta would have just been an unnecessary expense.

cheers

Jon


Use the 814. They are good cameras, whether it's the older Auto Zoom or the later-model "E" version.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 08:57 AM

Hi
The camera takes 4 AAs in the grip. The bottom ring unscrews to replace them. If it doesn't unscrew, it means there is batteries in it, and they leaked to seal the threads. Remove the grip by turning upper ring counterclockwise, which unscrews independently of the grip, and set the bottom 1" of the grip into a glass of Coke for a few minutes. This should loosen it up.


I'd take a printout of this topic discussion and bring it with you to the store so they can see in writing the part about the coke. :D
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