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Ian Mackie
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From: Brighton, England
Registered: Sep 2008


 - posted September 20, 2008 11:57 AM      Profile for Ian Mackie   Email Ian Mackie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello everyone,

Well I was browsing through an old bring and buy sale and noticed a 8mm Canon 310-XL under a load of other rubbish. It was in its original polystyrene box so it was well protected.

I'll have that I said! A bargin it was!

To my surprise, it had an unused Kodachrome K-40 film loaded into the camera [Smile] (I know it probably won't come out but I'll shoot it anyhoo!)

I think the film wasn't used because the battery compartment had some ever-so-slightly corroded batteries inside, so I can't get the camera to tick over.

However! To my further surprise, hidden deep inside of the box was the original Canon warranty card/receipt! It had been purchased in Charleroi, Belgium 24/06/78. Almost 30 years ago to the day.

Well anyway...

Just for peoples interst, (as I don't know how common this all is) here are the documents I found.

I wonder if I can still use the warranty for the corroded battery compartment!! [Big Grin]

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Maurice Leakey
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From: Bristol. United Kingdom
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 - posted September 20, 2008 12:14 PM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It happens so often. Owners always forget to remove batteries. It's not just the corroded contacts, sometimes the battery acid gets inside the works and completely ruins everything.

Stick with an old wind-up Standard 8. Some of the later cameras used a selenium cell for the meter which was powered by light alone, and, it didn't need batteries.

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Ian Mackie
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 - posted September 20, 2008 01:24 PM      Profile for Ian Mackie   Email Ian Mackie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Oh dear! Ah well, I guess I'll open it up and see what the true damage is...

There must be a way to save the camera! I'll do a search to see what the best way of cleaning battery acid is.

Dear Canon...

...I purchased one of your camera's in 1978...

hehehe [Big Grin]

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Martin Jones
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Registered: May 2008


 - posted September 20, 2008 02:04 PM      Profile for Martin Jones   Email Martin Jones   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ian, Corroded battery damage is usually EXCLUDED in Guarantee small print.... but try your luck!

Martin

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Retired TV Service Engineer
Ongoing interest in Telecine....

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted September 20, 2008 02:54 PM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ian

Bicarbonate of Soda [Baking Soda] will neutralise battery acid corrosion.

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Knut Nordahl
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From: Norway
Registered: Dec 2005


 - posted September 21, 2008 01:44 AM      Profile for Knut Nordahl   Email Knut Nordahl   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Bicarbonate of Soda [Baking Soda] will neutralise battery acid corrosion.
This is true.

Make a paste of baking powder and water and use a q-tip to clean the residue off. does wonders.

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Mark Todd
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 - posted September 21, 2008 10:40 AM      Profile for Mark Todd   Email Mark Todd   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Good advice, never thought of that myself, thanks lads.

I tip enough of similar stuff down to the breadbasket though.

Best Mark.

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