20 Most Recent Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera Questions & Answers


The red plus means you're overexposed. Increase the shutter speed or close the aperture until the middle light turns on.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Jan 31, 2017


The battery compartment is on the bottom of the camera. Use a coin to turn unscrew it.

If you need one, you can download a manual from
http://butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_v3800n/vivitar_v3800n.htm

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Sep 05, 2015


if it is broken off try taping it if it was broke in have then the same tape it

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Nov 20, 2014


Remove bottom cover and check for loose screw jamming the transport/cocking levers. Also check to make sure the advance shaft screw has not come loose.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on May 14, 2014


Lift up the film speed ring and turn it to the desired setting. See page 3 of the manual: http://butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_v3800n/vivitar_v3800n.htm

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on May 08, 2014


After taking the first shot, hold down the Multi-Exposure button while cocking the film-advance lever. This cocks the shutter without winding the film. You can continue to do this for as many exposures as you want. Just don't hold down the M-E button while cocking after the last exposure.

The Multi-Exposure button is the button on the front of the camera just below the shutter release button.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on May 05, 2013


Yes, the V3800N has an exposure meter.

If the red - lights up, you're underexposed. If the red + lights up, you're overexposed. If the green circle lights up, you're right on. If both the red and green light up, you're within one-third stop of the right exposure.

If you don't see either the green or red lights, then you need batteries. The camera uses two LR44 alkalines or two SR44 silver-oxides. But the only thing that uses the batteries is the exposure meter: everything else on the camera is stil fully functional.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Oct 07, 2012


Lift up on the film rewind knob to open the back.
If you need a manual you may download a copy here. Film loading instructions begin on page 2.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Mar 31, 2012


Pull up on the REWIND knob.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Mar 30, 2012


The red S is for start, that is where the film counter resets to when the back of the camera is opened.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Nov 21, 2011


You need to add a little more information about what you did exactly.
Did you pull enough leader film out? If I had to guess, I would say the film wasn't rolled far enough onto the "advancement reel" so you are not able to advance it because the camera doesn't think it has film in yet.

Vivitar V3800N... | Answered on Nov 20, 2011

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