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Taking photos hi how do i take a photo with my vivitar v3800n from start to finish. also how do i remove the lens and re attach it jeep

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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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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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Best film for Vivitar V3800N 35mm camera


With modern film technology, use whichever one you wish, they're all good.

The differences between brands (even supermarket/drugstore own brands) is largely one of personal preference: some provide more vivid colours which suit certain subjects but to some they look unrealistic, others have a more subdued colour but to some they look too dull. In practice you probably won't notice the difference as the final colours depend upon which company processes the film and prints the photos, the machines they use, the brand of photo paper, the individual human operator, and whether for economy reasons they've stretched the life of their processing chemicals longer than recommended.

What make a bigger difference is film speed. Slower speeds (lower ISO numbers) give finer image resolution but need longer exposures, faster films (higher ISO) allow faster shutter speeds or smaller aperture settings (or both) but give a less detailed image. But it's true that a modern ISO400 film isn't much worse than the ISO100 films were back in the early 1970's. Given the modest maximum aperture of the lens you have I'd recommend that you avoid using IS0100 film unless you know that you'll be shooting the roll in bright lighting conditions. ISO200 is your best all-rounder unless you have longer telephoto lenses in which case you'll find that ISO400 is a better choice.

You can also save a lot of money if you buy out of date film: if it's been stored in cool conditions it's usually good for at least a year after the expiry date, but if you wish to use slide (a.k.a. transparency) film then it's best to reduce that to no more than six months.

The biggest difference to image quality is you and your understanding of how to use the camera, and the single best investment you'll make will be a tripod and shutter release cable: used together you can eliminate camera shake and ensure that your photos are as sharp as possible. Even a small bean bag can be used instead of a tripod if there's something to rest it on.

In short, you'll only find "your" best film by using lots of it, regularly, and experimenting to find a good photo lab and then sticking with it for as long as they do a good job.

Good luck, and I hope that I've helped you. Please feel free to ask me for further clarification if anything I've written is not clear enough, and when you're happy with my answer please take a moment to rate my reply.

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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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How do you take a double picture


In much the same way as with any other 35mm SLR:-

1. Turn the rewind crank gently to take up any slack in the film.

2. Take your first photo. The 3800N has a special lens mask to help this process by blanking out one half or one quarter of the image, on other cameras a thin card mask over the lens achieves the same effect.

3. Hold the camera so that your thumb or finger is firmly on top of the rewind knob to stop it turning, whilst doing this press the rewind button on the base of the camera and then operate the film advance lever. By holding the rewind knob and pressing the rewind button, you allow the shutter to c0ck without advancing the film.

4. Turn the lens mask to cover the portion of the image which was just exposed.

5. Press the shutter using the same exposure value (EV) as previously used. Usually you'll use the same shutter speed and aperture, but by varying them and maintaining the same EV you can get some interesting effects.

6. If you're exposing more than two exposures on one frame then repeat as often as required.

7. Note that this is and always has been a bodge: the film frame often moves slightly between exposures except on a few specific SLRs which had a special multiple exposure setting. The V3800N is advertised as a multi exposure model but has no specific control for it, just the plastic lens mask.


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skye-skye,
is the light meter working ? if not replace the batteries

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When taking a picture the mirror inside the camera stays up untill you remove the lens


It seems that the lens is restricting the operation of the camera mechanism a possible cause may be the lens actuating mechanism is stiff from being underused, from you description the manual setting for your lens is ok but when attached to the camera the pin on the lens which is activated by a bar situated in the camera at the bottom of the lens mount cannot be pushed fully home. Try pushing the pin on the end of the lens to see if it is being restricted and if so may need cleaning or just a few operations to free it off.
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What does my zoom lens fit?


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Buttons


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.

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