As mentioned in the title I am totally new to the super 8 format and film cameras in general, only previous experience with cameras has been using various old 127 cameras found in the roof.
I looked on ebay and found a Sankyo super cme 880 hi-focus, i looked online and really liked that it had a large zoom and only needed AA batteries, for cheap and some film so was really looking forward to blasting through a first film to see the results. The camera looked in perfect condition and everything works except the battery check, its meant to show a needle on the viewfinder screen but nothing happens
So first time filming, on and off in like 10second blasts as filming some surfing and everything seems to be working fine but then the batteries, new duracell (so i assume quite good batteries), run out after only 1 hour as nothing happens when the trigger is pressed, whats going on???
The battery compartment and the conections look immaculate with no damage visable whatsoever, so im baffled?
Anybody got any ideas?
Should i look to get it repaired? If so anybody know a good repair shop in the UK?
I assume repair would cost more than the camera so any other similar super 8 cameras that people would recommend, large zoom needed???
any help appreciated