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Hi i have a Vivitar film camera, V3800N I lost my handbooks and i dont know which knob or dial is the one to adjust the shutter speed.... can anyone help me?

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The big knob with all the numbers next to the shutter release.

You can download a manual from
http://butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_v3800n/vivitar_v3800n.htm

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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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

Sep 17, 2011 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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How do I know which ISO to set with the shutter speed?


ISO is the speed rating of the film. Both the film box and the film canister should have the ISO rating printed on them. Normally you would just use that number, unless you specifically want to push- or pull-process the film.

Jan 20, 2011 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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How to set iso setting on 800


Lift up the film speed ring (around the shutter speed dial) and turn it until 800 is opposite the arrow, then let it drop back into place.

Nov 21, 2010 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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Opening the back of camera


Pull UP on the knob on top of the camera (the rewind knob).
The back will pop open.

Hope this helps!

Sep 08, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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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.


Jul 25, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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Loading film into the vivitar camera binouclurs


you have to pull up on the film rewind knob(pretty hard) and the back of the camera pops open. on the left side is where the film goes attach the piece of film to the film take up spool.

Jan 12, 2009 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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Taking photos


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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.

Apr 28, 2008 | Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera

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Turn it on


Actually, you don't have to "turn on" the Vivitar V3800N. Just be sure it has working batteries in it (takes two small alkaline button cells, unscrew the cover on the bottom with a coin--put new cells into the holder with the + side up). If the batteries are working, when you press the shutter button halfway down, you should see an LED light up in the right side of the viewfinder. This is the readout for the exposure meter: a red + indicates overexposure, red - is underexposure, a green dot means you've got the exposure correctly set. You just change the shutter and aperture settings until you get the green light, then shoot. When you load film, you also need to set the ISO film speed setting. Pull up on the outside ring of the shutter speed dial and turn it until the number in the window is the same as the ISO number on the film you are using. The batteries, by the way, only power the exposure meter. The shutter is fully mechanical (just like in the good old days), so you can use the camera without batteries if you have a separate exposure meter, or if you can estimate exposure. Film loading is about like any other 35mm manual camera: pull up on the rewind knob to open the back; insert the new cassette of film on the left and pull the film leader out a couple inches and hook the film to the takeup reel on the right. Move the film advance lever a bit to be sure the film is firmly hooked onto the reel, then close the back. Wind and shoot three shots to get the exposed film leader out of the way, and then start shooting. When the film is finished, press in the rewind button on the bottom of the camera and rewind the film into the cassette before opening the back of the camera. Good luck--these are pretty good little cameras. We buy a lot of them for the photography program where I teach, and I've only ever had one with a problem (meter was bad). The lenses are quite good, and they are "K-mount," which means that any Pentax bayonet lens, and gazillions of others with this mount, will all fit. --Michael R. Sawdey

Sep 03, 2007 | Vivitar V3800N Zoom 35mm SLR Camera

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