20 Most Recent Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera Questions & Answers

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How do I replace a broken battery cover that is no longer manufactured?

if it is broken off try taping it if it was broke in have then the same tape it
6/26/2019 5:49:14 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Jun 26, 2019
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Where can i buy a film rewind knob for a vivitar v3800n slr

Try this place. Something simple as that on every film camera, yet there are multiple thread types and diameters. http://mikescamera.com/vivitar-repair-parts.html
2/21/2018 11:31:53 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Feb 21, 2018
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The light meter always reads red over (+) exposed regardless of the light level or setting. Bad pc board?

Sounds like the electronics are bad.
2/21/2018 11:00:57 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Feb 21, 2018
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Vivitar v3800n battery installation

That camera uses standard button batteries (LR44) manual found at http://www.butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_v3800n/vivitar_v3800n.htm
2/21/2018 10:37:46 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Feb 21, 2018
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The frame counter on my V3800N is very loose. After taking a few pictures, it started moving around and it displayed that I only have 14 films left (I have a 36 frame film). How can this get fixed?

I would doube if you could get that fixed for less then $80, you can picked up a used K-mount body (Pentax or Vivitar) for half of that or less.
2/21/2018 10:17:36 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Feb 21, 2018
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How do I use my light meter on my Vivitar V3800N

The red plus means you're overexposed. Increase the shutter speed or close the aperture until the middle light turns on.
1/31/2017 10:54:13 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Jan 31, 2017
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Help!!! i have a rented

The battery compartment is on the bottom of the camera. Use a coin to turn unscrew it.

If you need one, you can download a manual from
http://butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_v3800n/vivitar_v3800n.htm
9/5/2015 9:26:05 AM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Sep 05, 2015
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How do I fix the Advance Lever if it is stuck?

Remove bottom cover and check for loose screw jamming the transport/cocking levers. Also check to make sure the advance shaft screw has not come loose.
5/14/2014 12:53:50 AM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on May 14, 2014
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How to change iso in vivitar v3800n

Lift up the film speed ring and turn it to the desired setting. See page 3 of the manual: http://butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_v3800n/vivitar_v3800n.htm
5/8/2014 11:50:26 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on May 08, 2014
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Can't roll film for double exposure.

After taking the first shot, hold down the Multi-Exposure button while cocking the film-advance lever. This cocks the shutter without winding the film. You can continue to do this for as many exposures as you want. Just don't hold down the M-E button while cocking after the last exposure.

The Multi-Exposure button is the button on the front of the camera just below the shutter release button.
5/5/2013 6:31:54 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on May 05, 2013
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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.
10/7/2012 8:18:09 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Oct 07, 2012
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I can not open my camera

Lift up on the film rewind knob to open the back.If you need a manual you may download a copy here. Film loading instructions begin on page 2.
3/31/2012 3:54:52 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Mar 31, 2012
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How do I open my camera to load the film?

Pull up on the REWIND knob.
3/30/2012 11:04:47 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Mar 30, 2012
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What does a red s in the frame counter mean?

The red S is for start, that is where the film counter resets to when the back of the camera is opened.
11/21/2011 6:48:36 PM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Nov 21, 2011
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Just loaded film and cant take picture, its not advancing

You need to add a little more information about what you did exactly. Did you pull enough leader film out? If I had to guess, I would say the film wasn't rolled far enough onto the "advancement reel" so you are not able to advance it because the camera doesn't think it has film in yet.
11/20/2011 10:33:05 AM • Vivitar V3800N... • Answered on Nov 20, 2011
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