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Cameria 3800n mirror broken

I have a vivitar v3800n the mirror is broken and the film with not advance.
Would it cost alot to repair? I paid $50.00 for the camera.
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Yes, the repair will cost you more then a new used camera. You can find many used 35mm film cameras that cost hundreds of dollars new on e-bay or Craig's List in the low price range. For example, a Nikon or Cannon that sold new for over $1000 regularly sell for under $100.

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How can i put film on vivitar 3800N


The film loading instructions begin on page 2 of the manual. If you need a manual,you can download a scan at
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/5/0300003855/04/PSSX130IS_CUG_EN_03.pdf

Feb 27, 2011 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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What if the rewinding lever doesnt rewind ?


Change the batteries under the camera. This camera is electronic. With a new battery, the camera will reset the mirror and you can **** the shutter and lower the mirror. If this does not fix the problem you may have a shutter or advance problem and the camera would have to be send off for repair. Start witht he battery, that is the fix 9 out of 10 times.

Feb 26, 2010 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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My advance film lever no longer has any tension. It doesn't advance the film. It just flaps around. Does this mean I stripped or broke the plastic gear?


You can tighten the lever- use a tiny screwdriver - on the underside, then tighten the main screw underneath. works fine

Feb 12, 2010 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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Vivitar 3800n film advance lever does not move all the way. it only moves less than a quarter of a turn


make sure film is out and try to rotate the lever from the inside of the camera by turning it if the film release button "at the bottom" pop out then you should be able to use the lever again if not then it's a mechanical problem something might be out of place or broken. i just had the same issue 5 min ago and now it works fine.

Jan 29, 2010 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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What flash will fit the V3800N SLR film camera?


Pretty much any flashgun with a standard hotshoe. The 3800N is extremely basic and does not take advantage of any dedicated flash functions, so you'll find loads of cheap or even free basic manual or auto-exposure flashguns on auction websites and also on FreeCycle.

I'd suggest a basic manual flashgun as you then fully control it. Automatic flashguns try to second guess what it is you're photographing so can often over-expose the subject. You also learn more using a basic manual flash which is probably the only reason to buy a 3800N in the first place.

Jul 29, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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How do you take a double picture


In much the same way as with any other 35mm SLR:-

1. Turn the rewind crank gently to take up any slack in the film.

2. Take your first photo. The 3800N has a special lens mask to help this process by blanking out one half or one quarter of the image, on other cameras a thin card mask over the lens achieves the same effect.

3. Hold the camera so that your thumb or finger is firmly on top of the rewind knob to stop it turning, whilst doing this press the rewind button on the base of the camera and then operate the film advance lever. By holding the rewind knob and pressing the rewind button, you allow the shutter to c0ck without advancing the film.

4. Turn the lens mask to cover the portion of the image which was just exposed.

5. Press the shutter using the same exposure value (EV) as previously used. Usually you'll use the same shutter speed and aperture, but by varying them and maintaining the same EV you can get some interesting effects.

6. If you're exposing more than two exposures on one frame then repeat as often as required.

7. Note that this is and always has been a bodge: the film frame often moves slightly between exposures except on a few specific SLRs which had a special multiple exposure setting. The V3800N is advertised as a multi exposure model but has no specific control for it, just the plastic lens mask.


Jul 25, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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Taking photos


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be sure batteries are good. pull up on the rewind knob to open film door. load film ,push down rewind knob. pull enough film to connect to take-up spool. close film door. advance film to counter # 1. look through finder and set meter ( push shutter button to turn on meter ) focus subject and fire shutter repeat to end of film. push rewind button ( bottom of camera ) rewind film.
remove lens by pushing button and turn lens left to remove.

Apr 28, 2008 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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Do you still have the Vivitar manual?


You can download a PDF version at http://www.butkus.org/chinon/vivitar.htm

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Mar 26, 2008 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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Advancing film


You can safely remove the bottom cover to have a look. Once you have the bottom plate off you can move the film advance lever and check the movement on the bottom, there may be debris or a broken part

Feb 27, 2008 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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