Help identifying buttons/controls on my new Canon 814 Super8mm
Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:12 PM
Unfortunately, the manual I found online is not for this version of the 814. Same model, but clearly from a different generation. Nothing is the same, so I just cannot figure out what most of these buttons are for. :blush:
This was a kind of crazy purchase. I know nothing about Super8mm. However, I very much want to learn.
Picture of my camera is below, along with numbers placed next to the parts I am clueless about.
#7 is in red. That knob does not move on the model pictured. It does on the other camera, but not this one. Is it jammed?
For #5, I know that turns the camera on, but what is the difference between R and RL?
Thanks for your help and please, apologies to you for being clueless. I've ordered some books on Super 8mm, but they have yet to arrive.
Posted 04 November 2010 - 05:07 PM
1 & 2. Can't recall.
3. Footage counter - definitely. But in metres.
4. Press red button to test battery - the little window has a needle which moves across display to indicate battery strength.
5. Off mode - trigger does nothing. R: Run mode - trigger runs camera when held down, and stops camera when up. RL: Run lock mode - depress trigger to run, depress trigger again to stop.
6. Pull out to do manual exposure control - push back in for automatic exposure (AE).
Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:35 AM
Edited by Matt Stevens, 05 November 2010 - 11:35 AM.
Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:19 AM
Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:23 AM
And another thing....with regards to focusing. There should be some sort of focusing aid in the middle of the viewfinder - usually either a microprism or split image rangefinder. You should use this for accurate focusing. The surrounding clear area in the viewfinder can be deceptive for checking focus - even if the subject looks sharp, the lens may actually be slightly out of focus. Also - always focus at the maximum telephoto setting of the zoom, and then zoom out wider to compose your shot. There should be information somewhere online for adjusting the viewfinder diopter to your individual eye sight.
Also...try to resist testing the slow motion feature when there is no film loaded in the camera. It's common beleif that doing so can cause harm to the camera's intermittent mechanism.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:03 PM
I think I can provide you with the owner's manual of any 814. Let me know exactly what model do you need and I'll send you by e-mail ok?