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How do I use my light meter on my Vivitar V3800N all I see is a red plus

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    There is a button on the side by the logo near the lens, its very small and hard to find... if the changing the batteries doesnt work try pushing this button

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

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SOURCE: No light meter on Vivitar V3800N

It may be that the batteries that came with the camera are dead. Double check the way you have them installed, both cells should have the positive side up as they sit in the cap. It is best to handle button cell batteries on the round edges rather than the flat sides. The battery cap for your camera should have open slots on the sides so you can place the batteries in using those openings

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Vivitar v3800n exposure meter problems


Check the aperture lever in the mirror box on the side. sometimes it gets bent when the lens is put on wrong. Straighten with needle nose pliers. Carefully, it will break easily.

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Why is it every time I go go to take a picture with my Vivitar v3800n the plus sign the green circle and the negative sign all go off? It makes my photos come out over exposed if i just take the picture.


According to the manual for your camera, if none of the indicators are on when the shutter release is half pressed, the batteries are exhausted. If the 3 lights are on at the same time, exposure is correct, if only the plus or minus is displayed under/overexposure is present.

Be sure to check your film speed settings, as even if your camera is telling you your exposure is correct, if the film speed isn't correctly set, your images will not be properly exposed if the camera is not set for the film actually loaded in it. Otherwise, check your batteries.

Also, keep in mind some lighting conditions can trick your meter and may need to be compensated for. If your camera has an exposure compensation dial, which yours should, check to be sure it is set to "0" as this could also cause your exposure issues if it's been moved previously and never reset.

Here's a link to your camera's manual, unfortunately it's not very visual so it's hard to get a very good idea of exactly what features your camera may or may not have.

http://www.cameramanuals.org/pdf_files/vivitar_v3800n.pdf

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Try changing the batteries. That camera is a battery driven model and if the batterie go dead it will not shoot or light uop the led's.

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No light meter on Vivitar V3800N


It may be that the batteries that came with the camera are dead. Double check the way you have them installed, both cells should have the positive side up as they sit in the cap. It is best to handle button cell batteries on the round edges rather than the flat sides. The battery cap for your camera should have open slots on the sides so you can place the batteries in using those openings

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I can't see the meter in the view finder? Is


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.

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I cant turn off my light meter om my v3800n 35mm camera without taking the batteries out. Is there a way to turn the meter off? Or do I have to take the batteries out every time?


Hello...there is most probably a defective switch on the camera...If you are facing the front of the camera, on the camera body, to the right if the lens is the meter button.(near the flash pc socket) Also, you can check the condition of the batteries by pressing the shutter button half way down. If you see a red or green light, the batteries are good. If not, replace them *both* with silver oxide.

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Vivitar v3800N battery holder missing


rcv7,

this camera has at least two different names that i know of (phoenix, vivitar ) .The battery covers are the same.
most camera repair shops have repair manuals with part numbers from the manufacturer. the only other way is to take a cover to a machine shop and have them make some from aluminum. we had this done for the pentax spotmatic when parts were no longer available.

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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.

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Internal LED inside camera.


Try using an external light meter.

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