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Vivitar camera220/sl how do i load film in my vivitar camera 220/sl

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Pull up on the little film windy thing at the very left. As far as it can go!

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I have a role of film w/ 15 shots and I need to finish the rest, how do I use it if it already been roled up

If the film has already been rewound into the cartridge then you need to use a film leader retriever to fish out the end of it again. You then load the film in the usual way and then in total darkness and without flash, fire the shutter 16 times and wind the film on between each shot. You need to waste an image to preserve those already on the film.

Note that you'll then have to tell the minilab operator what you've done: automatic processing equipment will look at the first few developed negatives to determine the frame spacing. When there's a gap halfway along the frame spacing will likely be out of register with the rest of the film, so you may end up with prints of half on e frame and half another. Also when the machine slices your negs into strips, it may cut halfway through some of the resumed shots. All this attention counts as special processing so may cost more.

But to be honest, the tool and the special processing is going to cost more than just losing the unused shots. Just get what you already have developed and printed and slap a new roll of film in the camera.

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Can't open vivitar 5388

Use the rewind knob to rewind the film. Once the film is rewound, lift the knob up and the back should open. Then you can remove the film cassette and insert a new cassette and load the film.

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I asked a friend who has used a Land camera how to insert the film.

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I need some general info on this camera's specs; i.e., film speed

Vivitar TL-125 was popular around Christmas 1988. Good to see your is still going strong!

In terms of ASA ratings, it would depend on whether the model has DX coding (which you would find as a set of gold pins in the bay where you put the film cassette.... If it has, then the asa range would be 50 - 1600 asa. If it hasn't, then Vivitar used to put a small selector on the baseplate of the camera to switch between 100 and 400 asa.

As a rule of thumb, I'd always use 400 asa film in this type of camera.... the extra two stops of speed far outweigh the loss of picture quality - especially with point and shoot zoom lenses.

I can't find a specific manual (no one seems to stockpile them), but if you can read a generic one, try the Vivitar point and shoot here :
(Note, I think you use a different sort of battery, but the controls and placings are all very similar between models).

If you need an original manual, then Oldtimer cameras will sell you an electronic download, or there is an original coming up on eBay in the USA in the next couple of days (with a camera - for spares). If you were really cheeky, you could ask the vendor to scan it in for you.

Hope this helps.

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Minolta X-300s film loading problem

Hi -- yes if you cannot advance the transport mechanism ( and so cannot load the film ) this is because shutter is not working ! This a very common problem and is due to leaking capacitor ( 220 microF ) situated on the botttom of the camera. Remove bottom cover and replace the capacitor . You should be able now to release shutter and load your film.

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Film will not load

Took out the battery, then put it back in. The film then loaded properly.

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be sure that nothing film inside the camera , open back side of camera by pulling spinning knob , put film spool on left side and at the right side insert the film strip on diagonal small hook, turn the spool rachet turning left side then click shutter twice while holding the spinning spool left side , then close the cover , tightened the spinning spool little bit then test shoot.

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Film won't advance

Perhaps you've already solved the mystery. There are 2 parts to the back of that camera, the film back + the part that it slips onto. And they have little safety latches/pins that couple in order to advance the film & release the shutter. I'm sure those just aren't in the right place. Here in Los Angeles you could take it to any major camera store or repair shop & they've help you out.

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