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Can Sanalan
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Posts: 130
From: London, United Kingdom
Registered: Jul 2017

 - posted October 22, 2019 12:50 PM      Profile for Can Sanalan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

I have a Canon Zoom 518 Super 8 that I need a professional to have a look at and service it.
Is there any such service in or around London?

The camera’s motor and shutters work fine and they sound fine.

The issue I have is the exposure meter.
I’ve inserted new batteries that operate the meter, however when I look through the viewfinder, the needle wobbles slightly, moves past the “1.8” f-stop mark and then swings back to the far left and stays there.
The meter also controls the auto-aperture feature I believe.

1. Could there be an issue with the circutry connecting the meter and aperture?

2. Could the aperture be stuck, frozen and hence the needle not being able to move if it’s linked to the aperture?

3. A faulty connection between the battery compartment and the light meter?

4. The camera is supposed to use two mercury batteries, 1.3v each.
However mercury batteries are not available. The best that I could find were 1.5v each, 625G. Could this be an issue?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Shame to let a camera in the condition it’s in go to waste.

Thank you,

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Tom Dennis
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From: North Lincolnshire, UK
Registered: Oct 2019

 - posted October 25, 2019 11:30 AM      Profile for Tom Dennis     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Dear CAN,Speaking to my youngest son who still deals with all types of film cameras, he says the batteries should be o.k.However he suggests to make sure the battery contacts are cleaned chemicaly i.e, an alcohol based cleaner / contact cleaner etc.

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