I don't know if I'm in the good section so if not all my apologies.
I just bought a redlake Hycam 40-0004 16mm 115V AC version (year of fabrication 1972) in order to make some high-speed microscopy to see some magnetic processes (yes it's possible, it's instructive and nice to look at ). I gotted some questions if some of you have experiences with this camera model (it's also my first analogic camera). The camera is looking in perfect condition, no scratch in optics, all button responding...
Yesterday I plugged her to an auto-transformator providing a 115-120V AC with 20A at 50Hz (not sure of the current, I'll need to check on monday). In order to test the camera I tried low speed so something like 30-150fps by setting everything properly as explained in the original manual that I have (if someone is interested I can scan it, I don't think it's common?). When plugged and start button switch on (even off in fact), the motor make a small noise like everything is functionning. However, there was a little movement of the shutter but nothing more when the switch is turn on. One detail : for testing I didn't engage any film in the spool.
I'm wondering if the fact that the motor didn't make a rotation is normal or not since it's not so clear in the manual. I checked the electronic circuitery and everything seems alright. No component were burned and everything seems to be fine by measuring with an ohm-meter. The motor seems also to be fine without short-circuit (checked with an ohm-meter). The fusible also was not burned, the motor brushes seems fine, and the rotor can rotate manualy by turning the screw at the front. The brake to lower the motor speed is also functionning correctly. The only thing that I didn't check was the component in the optical head, and the applied current (didn't think to do it at a glance ...).
I know there was already an old topic with a similar problem but nothing is said about if a solution was found or not (so I'm creating a new one).
If there is some good users for this kind of camera I'll be glad to have some of their advices. Especially since I'm a newbie in analog cinematography but I like challenges. In case, I can send some pictures on monday of the inside, the camera is in my lab.
Thanks for all the help