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#1 Ross Trimboli

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:06 PM

Hello All,

 

A fellow Super-8 fan here. I've recently dug up an old Canon Auto Zoom 318M and gave the unit a bit of a clean up - cleaned inside the battery compartment, resoldered some weak joins etc and so forth, anyway, the camera is in what I think is good opperating condition it seems, motor runs nicely, zoom works (can be seen from outside the lens) except for the view finder. I believe the mirror had been dislodged long before I got my hands on it. It was ratteling around but was able to get it out safely when I took one side panel off (It was just floating were the trigger is).

 

What I'm looking for is a repair manual or even a direction to a site if anyone has a repair or disasembly detailed. I can't for the life of me remove the left hand side cover (battery compartment side), hoping that I will be able to re-fit the dislodged mirror for the viewfinder to get this little beauty operational again.

 

It seems useable as it is, however I wouldn't want to waste valuable film by just guessing.

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

Ross

 


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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:27 PM

I wish they would do an occasional advertisement on cinematography dot com...This company might have a repair manual for sale.


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#3 Ross Trimboli

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:42 AM

Thank you for your response Alessandro, just ordered the user/instruction manual. Hopefully it should arrive shortly.

 

Although the operation of the camera seems pretty straight forward although I've rarely really dealt much with video (only still photography), I'm a big fan of the Super-8 format.

 

Looking to experimenting with it and see what I can come up with, just need to get that mirror repaired now and it should be all set.

 

Ross


Edited by Ross Trimboli, 07 May 2013 - 12:44 AM.

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#4 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:54 AM

Hope you didn't pay too much for the manual, you could probably find a replacement camera with a manual included on ebay for very little money. A quick search found this one (albeit with a faulty zoom) for 10 pounds:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item35c639ff5a

 

A lot of S8 cameras have screws hidden under the decals or leatherette. You can peel them off using a bit of acetone to soften the adhesive and then glue them back on later with epoxy. 


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#5 Miguel Loredo

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

A lot of S8 cameras have screws hidden under the decals or leatherette. You can peel them off using a bit of acetone to soften the adhesive and then glue them back on later with epoxy. 

 

I use that kind of tape that has glue on both sides. At least with Canon leatherette works superb.


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