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Canon UC1 8mm video camcorder

My Canon UC1 8mm video camcorder ejects the RCA 8mm video head cleaner that I purchased. Is there something I could do to the cassette to make this work. I am trying to transfer my older 8mm tapes to DVD or some other type of newer medium, but am having problems with this old camcorder...

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No solution..... but eager to know where one can get the battery packs and charger fir this camcorder (UC1) A 8 mm videotape is stuck within the camera housing and can not be ejected...No battery and charger available..
Where are those battery packs available f.i." SUNPAK RB-E77MF 6V 1700 mA ??
I would highly appreciate your advice
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J.van Bochove
e-mail: jvbochove@onenet.an

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