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A tape won't eject, how can i get it out? I have a Canon ES10VA, it's pretty old. It won't power up at all, it's completely dead and won't eject the tape. I need to get the tape out though and I've taken off the tape door but don't know what to do now to get everything out manually. I need some guidance, a picture, something! I am tempted to just rip everything out, but if there is a correct and easy way to do this that's what I would prefer. I couldn't find my model on the product menu so I put anything, but it's an ES10VA analog camcorder that takes 8mm tapes.

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  • kim747 Jun 22, 2008

    No, as I mentioned it's completely dead, it won't power up by any means. I've tried a cord and a new battery. I've since purchased a new camera but forgot there was still a tape in this one from a couple years ago. I am archiving all my 8mm tapes on DVD, and this one is the only one I was missing. It's all footage of my son so it is very important to me to get the tape out, I care nothing about the camera.

  • kim747 Jun 22, 2008

    As I stated in my original post, I CANNOT power the camcorder up to eject the tape. I am asking for help to MANUALLY remove the tape because it will not power up to eject the tape. I have already taken the door off, I need help from here.

  • kim747 Jun 22, 2008

    Ok, I have no idea where the "lock" is so if someone has a picture I can look at that would be great.

  • kim747 Jun 23, 2008

    Someone has already given me a better solution.





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Can you plug the camera into an electrical outlet and eject the tape that way?

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    Tim Babcock Jun 22, 2008

    My 8mm was acting on my too. I ended up replacing it with a DV.

    If you don't care about the camera, can you get the thing to eject?

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    Tim Babcock Jun 22, 2008

    See if can take a knife or a thing object around the edges of the tape door and see if you can release the lock.

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    Tim Babcock Jun 23, 2008

    You might not be able to release it. Are there any screws on the outside of the area where the tape is inserted? If you have a Timmy screw driver (like a jewelers size) you can unscrew them. That should get you access to the tape. You may lose some of the tape that is outside of the cassette when you take it out. As long as you don't touch it it should be salvageable. Then manually rewind the tape back into the cassette with the door still open on it.

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    Tim Babcock Jun 23, 2008

    If there aren't any screws holding it in there, do you have a way of cutting it out of there?

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 23, 2008

    Its going to be tough to get a service manual for two reasons:

    1) Canon doesn't make service manuals available for any other products over the internet. I'm a copier tech I know how tough it is to get stuff from them.

    2) This is a very old camera.

    I'm only going to tell you in theory how to get this out. I'm a television producer and know how most of these products work so we can get it out after all you got it in.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 23, 2008

    Sound good.



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