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#1 Emma Bird

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 03:00 PM

I just bought a Bell & Howell Filmosonic Director Series super 8 camera and have been having some issues with it. I've never owned one of these cameras before and am a bit new to using film cameras in general, so I apologize if the resolution was glaringly obvious. I put batteries in and it ran well; the lights turned on when I tested it, but for whatever reason I can't see anything through the viewfinder. It's just black. Could something be blocking it from the inside or is it broken?


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#2 Peter Hodgins

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 07:03 PM

This is not your camera, but check page two item #25 the 'viewfinder shutter' your camera might have a switch such as this ...

http://www.apecity.c...ell_2146_xl.pdf


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#3 Emma Bird

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 09:19 PM

Thanks for the help, but unfortunately my camera doesn't have such a switch... I haven't really been able to find much info on this particular model.


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#4 Carl Looper

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 09:30 PM

Some Filmsonic manuals here:

 

https://www.ephotozi...ual-p20112.html

 

But what's this knob do:

 

WhatsThis.jpg

 

 


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#5 Emma Bird

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 09:34 PM

That's the camera that I have. That knob just adjusts the lens on the viewfinder- Just to sort of adjust the clarity of the picture.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:57 AM

That's the camera that I have. That knob just adjusts the lens on the viewfinder- Just to sort of adjust the clarity of the picture.

 

Ah ok.

 

I don't have this camera. Just took the photo from an ebay posting. I wouldn't have a clue what's wrong with the camera. Not many Super8 cameras allow you to open and close the viewfinder. So it's probably something broken inside - either a missing lens element, or something in the way.

 

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