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Vivitar 3800 unable to advance film because lever is loose

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If the film advance lever is "flopping" back and forth, the problem is most likely a jammed advance mechanism inside. The shutter is cocked *mechanically* and released the same way--no battery power is needed. One old trick you could try to release things is to push the rewind button on the bottom of the camera.*sometimes* it will free up the mechanism enough to unjam.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

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My advice is that if it is brand new, it should be returned for a service or replacement. Opening it to fix it yourself may void any warranty, as i am sure you are aware of.

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Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Vivitar 3800n film advance lever does not move all

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.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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SOURCE: 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.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010

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I removed the advance lever cover as suggested and tightened the screw. This did not solve the issue. However, I then realized the film rewind button on the bottom of the camera was stuck on the "in" position. I could not get it to release which meant I could not advance the film lever to free up the shutter. To solve this issue I removed the bottom cover from the camera (taking out the 3 small screws) and then pulled the advance lever button all the way to the right. This released the button that had been stuck in and allowed me to advance the film lever properly again and take more pictures. Hope this helps!

Posted on Aug 13, 2010

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I put the film in the camera and the knob wont turn when i advance the film. I don't know what to do.


If the knob on the left hand side of the top plate (as viewed from behind) does not rotate when you operate the film advance lever, then the film has not been loaded properly and has failed to engage onto the take up spool. It's a very common fault and even experienced photographers sometimes make the same error. The frame counter will advance every time the lever is wound on, it only counts the number of full lever actuations, not the actual amount of film which has been wound on. The rewind crank is the only reliable way of knowing that the film is actually advancing.

Open the back of the camera and re-thread the film leader onto the take up spool. Close the back and wind one frame with the lever, and then open the back again to check that you got it right. This may potentially waste one shot but it will reassure you that you got it right. Once you're familiar with your camera you won't have to do this any more as you'll be able to feel and hear when the film is loaded properly or not.

If this does not solve your problem then please add a comment and I'll offer further assistance. If I have solved your problem then please take a moment to rate my answer.

Mar 06, 2011 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 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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The film advance lever is loose and the screw under the cover is already tight. This is a brand new camera


My advice is that if it is brand new, it should be returned for a service or replacement. Opening it to fix it yourself may void any warranty, as i am sure you are aware of.

Thanks for using FIXYA

Sep 23, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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Film Advance Lever and Shutter Curtain


If the film advance lever is "flopping" back and forth, the problem is most likely a jammed advance mechanism inside. The shutter is cocked *mechanically* and released the same way--no battery power is needed. One old trick you could try to release things is to push the rewind button on the bottom of the camera.*sometimes* it will free up the mechanism enough to unjam.

Sep 17, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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Vivitar PS:35 camera


Try putting a little pressure on the back door right of the finder. If the counter worked, then when film is finished and removed with the back door open you can see a metal lever in the slot that the door fits into. It should be straight vertical if not straighten with a needle or pin to vertical.. No parts are avail. for this model.

Nov 03, 2008 | Vivitar PS12 35mm Point and Shoot Camera

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Film = no light meter


jackson rook,

the speed of the film may be to high if your camera has dx coding contacts in the film chamber. otherwise---- film in camera or not it has no effect on meter operation. move the advance lever to the right slightly and push down on the shutter release button slightly to turn meter on.

Sep 10, 2008 | Vivitar V4000 50MM 35mm SLR Camera

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Film advance


I removed the advance lever cover as suggested and tightened the screw. This did not solve the issue. However, I then realized the film rewind button on the bottom of the camera was stuck on the "in" position. I could not get it to release which meant I could not advance the film lever to free up the shutter. To solve this issue I removed the bottom cover from the camera (taking out the 3 small screws) and then pulled the advance lever button all the way to the right. This released the button that had been stuck in and allowed me to advance the film lever properly again and take more pictures. Hope this helps!

Jul 14, 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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