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#1 andrew parrish

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:59 PM

Has anybody used Spectra film and video's modification to do away with lightmeter batteries? I have been thinking about doing it to my 814az , and just noticed that it is on sale for around $100. Is it worth doing?

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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 01:08 AM

Has anybody used Spectra film and video's modification to do away with lightmeter batteries? I have been thinking about doing it to my 814az , and just noticed that it is on sale for around $100. Is it worth doing?

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Assuming it works, I would do it if I had an 814az. I like the idea of only having to worry about one set of batteries. However, I would alos like to receive an itemized list of what film cartridges the 814az camera light meter recognizes, and which ones it does not, then I have a lot less to worry about when shooting.
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#3 andrew parrish

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:19 AM

Assuming it works, I would do it if I had an 814az. I like the idea of only having to worry about one set of batteries. However, I would alos like to receive an itemized list of what film cartridges the 814az camera light meter recognizes, and which ones it does not, then I have a lot less to worry about when shooting.


The 814 az has a sliding device for measuring the cart notch. In theory, it will correctly expose any film that is in a correctly noched cart, and with in it's range. The super 8 wiki states that it will read the following:

* Tungsten type film: ISO 25, 32, 40, 50, 64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200 and 250
* Daylight type film: ISO 16, 20, 25, 32, 40, 50, 64, 80, 100, 125 and 160

I don't know if custom loaded carts are properly notched.

Hope this helps
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#4 Mike Crane

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:33 PM

I had Spectra install their battery mod on my Canon 814 AZ. Works like a charm. ;)
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