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Buttons What does the "S" stand for? The film meter, the one that shows how many photos you've taken shows an "S", what does this mean?

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  • coolcam Feb 24, 2008

    Is there a way to change this setting?

  • coolcam Feb 26, 2008

    Never mind, I understand what you mean. "S" is the start, I get it. Thank you for the help.

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S would be 'Start' IMHO, A carry over from the earlier days when paper rolled films had the numbers on the paper rather than the camera having a frame counter.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit Feb 24, 2008

    Not sure what you mean, The frame counter starts at S and as you advance the film, the counter goes up in numerical sequence, 1,2,3 etc. Are you trying to tell us in some way the the counter isn't working?

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