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#1 Patrick DeMaris

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:33 PM

Hi, this is my first post. I'm a super 8 Virgin. I bought an argus 812 put new batteries in it and I was wondering if this should work without film in it ? Yes, I know that I can't shoot a movie without film but should it at least power on our dies it need the film?
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#2 Joerg Polzfusz

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 01:01 AM

Hi!

I don't know that camera. Hence only a general answer:
Most cameras run without a film (but please only test 18fps or slower and only for a few seconds!) And their light-meter should also react (even though it heavily depends on the camera whether it assumes the highest or the lowest possible ASA). And in many cameras the motor-zoom (if any) also works without film.
However there are some cameras with motor zoom, where the motor only works while shooting (and in some cases even only when a film-cartridge has been inserted). There are also several cameras that detect the presence of a cartridge and that block a few up to nearly all functions without a cart. However in at least 90% of all cameras at least the light-meter is working without a film.

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