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Hello. I have a Sony trv318 hi8 video camera that gets no input from the lens. It plays back tapes fine and if you try to video tape something you get sound but the screen is just black.

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I do not know how to fix your camera but I would be willing to buy it from you. I need to be able to play tapes so that I can transfer them to DVD. If you are interested please contact me. Tami19582009athotmail.com

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