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#1 Nathan Eisenhauer

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 08:08 PM

Recently came across this camera. Calls for 4 AA, 1.5 volt batteries although they do not want to fit. Is it possible that batteries in the 60's ran a little smaller? If I really force them, they will fit awkwardly but will not run the camera. I know I should probably pony up for something nicer to tool around with, but I've got it so I'd like to use it. Any other feedback or thoughts?
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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 09:33 PM

Recently came across this camera. Calls for 4 AA, 1.5 volt batteries although they do not want to fit. Is it possible that batteries in the 60's ran a little smaller? If I really force them, they will fit awkwardly but will not run the camera. I know I should probably pony up for something nicer to tool around with, but I've got it so I'd like to use it. Any other feedback or thoughts?


I've actually run across this same issue when it came to the samson wireless microphones from a few years back. It's possible that the fit is so tight that you can use energizers but not duracell double AA's. I think duracells are slightly bigger, it usually doesn't matter 99% of the time, but this could be one of those rare instances where it does matter.

On a separate note, does your Argus have an 8-1 zoom on it?
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#3 Jim Simon

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:40 PM

Is it possible the camera actually takes AAA's and not AA's? As far as I know, all batteries of a specified size are exactly the same size.
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#4 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:54 PM

Is it possible the camera actually takes AAA's and not AA's? As far as I know, all batteries of a specified size are exactly the same size.


It looks like Duracells are a tiny bit taller than the Energizers, and the Energizers have an indent on the bottom center of the battery whereas the Duracells do not, on very rare occasions those two differences can become an issue.
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#5 Nathan Eisenhauer

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:37 AM

It looks like Duracells are the tiniest bit taller..



Funny, I have tried only Duracell's. I will give it a go with the Energizer's, although I have a feeling the camera is shot. I was able to cram the Duracell's in and I still got no action. I am certain it takes the AA's, AAA's obviously won't fit at all.

No zoom. Camera is very simple and I would love to see how it shoots. I have no manual, but the lens says: Argus Cine Par 1:1.8 f=13mm.

I've been wanting to use a super 8 for a while now and was excited to come across this one. Should it not work, what other camera's can you suggest for a for a first timer?
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#6 Terry Mester

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 12:47 AM

Hi Nathan,
The first Camera I bought for $25 was an Argus 802, but it had a problem with the Auto Aperture swinging loose inside. Thankfully I discovered this before ever using the Camera. Look inside the Lens of your Camera with a Flashlight to see if everything looks alright. Someone once told me that Argus was the cheapest manufacturer of Cameras. My second Camera is a Sankyo Super CM400 which is fantastically built. Phone around all the Second-Hand Stores and Flea Markets in your area to see if they have any Super8 Cameras. I don't recommend using a Camera with a fixed Aperture as with the Argus you have. Given the price of Film, it's better to wait to find a higher quality Camera. The HTTP Links below will provide you further info. In addition to Kodak, you can buy Super8 Cartridges from Spectra Film & Video: www.spectrafilmandvideo.com.

INFO FOR SUPER8 NEWBIES
You can find useful info on Super8mm by clicking the Threads linked below. If you would like to record Sound with your filming, log onto the Website www.geocities.com/filmanddigitalinfo which provides info on recording synchronous Sound. Good luck to you.

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=20597
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#7 Lyn Ciampa

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 11:54 AM

Was the lack of power problem ever  uncovered.
Hard to fit batteries? Check
Swinging aperature? Check
New cassette of Pro8mm? Check
Fresh pair of 397 batteries? Check

So, before i take it apart and lose 82% of the tiny screws and have to chuck it...Where does the problem seem to be in these cameras?

 


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