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#1 chris gray

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:11 PM

Hey I just found a very old (8mm?) bell and howell model 309 in my attic and kinds fell into this forum.
http://www.collectib.../.../B&H309.jpg
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My question is can I still buy film to use in it and what kind of projector would I need.
Also it has space for four batteries in th handel and one of those flat like ones in the loading bay itself what are these for?

Many thanks
Chris
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#2 Simon Wyss

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 03:24 AM

Hey, Chris

It's a camera for Super-8 film which comes in 50-foot cartridges. There's a variety of Super-8 raw stock on the market from black-and-white universal over color reversal to color negative films.

The pill cell feeds the automatic iris (diaphragm) control that actually needs a 1.35 Volt cell but these original mercury cells are outlawed since 1998. If you insert an alcaline cell of 1.5 V or an other kind of 1.55 V you'll get underexposed pictures.

What you can do is
1) have the meter inside the camera adjusted to the higher voltage
2) have an adapter made or bought somewhere (I don't know exactly) to be able to insert 1.4 V cells
3) discard the camera and film with a better and more flexible one


Please don't feel offended or take it personally, this Bell & Howell 309 is an absolute mass consumer product. There are cameras which work on 1.5 V cells alone, which have less or no plastic parts, which allow you to change lenses, and more.
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#3 chris gray

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:09 AM

Many thanks for the reply Simon, I saw mercury and I was like :o!! Just my luck my parents bought a crappy camera!

Chris
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#4 David Auner aac

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 05:14 AM

Many thanks for the reply Simon, I saw mercury and I was like :o!! Just my luck my parents bought a crappy camera!


Hi Chris,

even if it's not that good it will yield pictures and teach you a lot about shooting film if you're just starting out. And if you start using it and get hooked on shooting film a you can buy a better one any time later on as well!

Cheers, Dave
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#5 Jim Carlile

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:12 AM

No, those were good cameras. You can use regular button cells no problem, they will work fine.

If someone just wants to try out an old camera, then let him guys! It's like you're trying to sell a Cray computer to someone who just shows an interest in surfing the net.
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