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Camera lubrication

Post by jessh » Thu May 23, 2002 8:54 am

It seems that lots of super 8 camera problems can be attributed to poor lubrication and I was wondering what the best way to go about lubricating super 8 cameras is. So what is it? :-)

One of the cameras I am having problems with is a Sankyo XL-400S, when you try and run it the camera starts to run for a short period of time (less than a second) and then stops, It will sometimes do this every time you press the triger and others it will no longer do anything after the first time and you instead have to turn it off and on again. Could this be due to poor lubrication or does it seem like more of an electrical problem? (or both) If it could be the problem than what is the best way to go about lubricatiing it?

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Jess

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Post by S8 Booster » Thu May 23, 2002 10:15 am

Hi.

If you haven´t already, check the batteries if they are worn out. There should be a battery tester at the cam to check it.

Also check for corroded contacts in the battery compartment.

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Re: Camera lubrication

Post by Split8mm » Thu May 23, 2002 11:10 pm

jessh wrote:It seems that lots of super 8 camera problems can be attributed to poor lubrication and I was wondering what the best way to go about lubricating super 8 cameras is. So what is it? :-)
Hi Jess. Your problem really sounds more electrical to me. But if this helps at all, I've taken apart, cleaned and lubricated 4 different Bolex cameras and it sure helps them run smooth. All the Bolex cameras I have worked on have been double8 (not super8), they are all clock wind cameras, and they are all somewhat similar to each other. I love the mechanical speed governors in those old Bolex cameras! Anyway, I generally clean away the old grease and apply new. And put a drop of oil on the spindle (not teeth) of each gear and other wear point. I also clean the viewfinders of accumulated dust. My advice would be to open up only as much as you're sure you can put back together again. :lol:

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Post by jessh » Fri May 24, 2002 9:08 pm

Well the problem isnt batteries, I didnt think it was but I got brand new ones just in case and it still didn't work. And the battery copartment is clean, the entire camera _looks_ to be in perfect condition.

It coul dbe purely electrical but I was thinking it might be something along the lines of it needing to be lubricated and when you try and run it the motors have to much of a load because of this and draw to many amps and cause the circuits to shutdown or fry(hopefully the first). I need to get around to opening the thing completely up, I have an older version of the camera (The XL-40S) which is a bit different but similar, might be able to scavange some parts from it if I need them, and I am going to take it apart first so I know a bit more about what I am getting in to :-)

what type of grease and oil should I use to lubricate it with?

~Jess

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