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#1 Jacek Zagaja

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 07:44 AM

I'm looking for service manual - spring motor does not work and I need advicd how to get access. Overall cleaning and maintenace needed.
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 07:59 PM

Not sure that a service manual exists, apart from Bolex I've never seen service manuals for any Standard 8 cameras. The Beaulieu MR8 and TR8 models are among the trickiest Standard 8 cameras to disassemble and service, with their tiny shuttling reflex mirrors and variable shutter angle mechanisms. The springs are a weak point, or specifically the winding arm mechanism, which can easily be overwound and broken. I would recommend just buying another one if you want to use these delightful cameras for filming.
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Posted 21 January 2015 - 04:23 PM

Problem with MR8 is viewfinder - focusing screen. How to clean from both sides? Focusing is so dificult.
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#4 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 07:43 AM

Assuming the problem is the back side of the focussing screen, you have to remove the mechanism from the housing to access it. But it might also be at the eyepiece end, the internal surface of the diopter will also show up dirt.
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#5 Jacek Zagaja

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 11:26 AM

Eyepiece is always ok. So take off front cover? Doesn't want come out.
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#6 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 08:21 PM

I had a look over my notes on this camera again. 

 

You need to remove the cover plate under the lens port that is held by 4 tiny screws and undo the screw beneath, plus the exposed screw above the lens port. Then inside the camera you need to pull out the pressure plate, remove the plate above it (2 screws), the lower film guide (1 screw) and then the large plate with the 2 pressure plate posts that covers the pull down and variable shutter arms (2 screws). Under that plate, parallel to the gate, are 2 similar screws that you undo to remove the front. Don't undo the other 2 screws, or any of the screws on the gears.

 

You can now access the mirror and viewing screen.

 

When you reassemble, seat the gate into the front properly and do up the front screws first, so the flange depth is correct, then do up the 2 screws inside.

 

Good luck. 


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:51 PM

Thanks for hints. I'm shooting first roll before any servicing to see lens condition. First problem - can't hear film end. Film indicator on removable side moves quickly, don't understand it.
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#8 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:46 PM

The user manual covers questions like that, easily found with google:

 

http://www.apecity.com/manuals/pdf/beaulieu_r8.pdf 

or

http://www.marriottc...th_pictures.htm

 

The round indicator on the door is a frame counter, you use it to count individual frames when doing stop motion or lap dissolves.

The footage counter is on the other side of the camera, 2 windows in meters and feet. It is directly connected to the spring loaded arm that rests against the film winding on to the take-up spool, so it tells you exactly how much film you've shot.


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#9 Jacek Zagaja

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 03:35 PM

Camera works, frame counter too but lens Angenieux K1 is so so :)


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:17 AM

If you want the best image quality for standard 8 probably use primes.

That 9-36 K1 zoom is historically quite important though, it was the first zoom Angenieux produced, back in 1956, and ushered in the era of the modern mechanically compensated zoom that is Angenieux's contribution to cinematographic history. It led directly to the 17-68 for 16mm in 1958 (sometimes mistakenly cited as Angenieux's first zoom since little 8mm is so often overlooked). The mechanically compensated zoom design breakthrough led to the possibility of greater zoom ranges such as 10x and more, eventually leading to zooms like Angenieux's 24-290 which has dominated feature film sets for the last decade. A direct line from your little D mount lens!
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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:20 AM

Mine is scratched (rear lens). I'm keeping body and looking for better lens. I like this camera very much.
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Posted 28 March 2015 - 11:48 AM

Bought Pan Cinor 8-40 1.9 lens for my MR8. Can you tell me how to adjust viewfinder? Image rotates when I rotate viewfinder.

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 01:17 PM

What type of battery fits MCR8?


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Posted 08 May 2015 - 04:14 PM

PX625 cell works. How to use fade-in-out? 0-1-2-3-4 lever is blocked.


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