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Cameras, lenses, projectors
You have just come across, or inherited, a whole lot of old family movies – you know, the ones with with flickering images on the screen!
A good old fashioned movie night can be great fun, or perhaps you’d like to sort the old films before having them put onto a DVD.
As you dig out the old projector you find that it has seen better days and, not wanting to damage the films or lose precious old memories, … what to do?
Here’s a few tips and some do-
The most frequent problem is a worn or perished drive belt. Old rubber belts tend to disintegrate after a number of years and may get very sticky. Original drive belts are, in most cases, no longer available. However, Camera Check Point custom make belts to fit just about any old movie or slide projector.
Since there are literally 1000s of different models you may need to provide us with measurements before a belt can be made. A list of projectors, where we can supply belts without measurements is available here.
Old belt material must be removed and the pulleys thoroughly cleaned.
Scrape off really stuck, dried belt material with a scalpel knife blade, then use cotton buds (non-
If sticky residue is not fully removed, the new belt my stick to the pulleys and prevent the mechanism turning properly.
is usually straight forward, but there are times where minor dismantling will be required.
The procedure is similar between brands. You remove the rear cover of the projector to gain access to the mechanism.
Some projectors have more than one belt. Generally a short belt from motor to main mechanism shaft, and a longer belt, usually along the top, to drive the feed and/or take-
The small (short) belt is usually fitted between the motor/fan drive and the main mechanism drive shaft.
The belt will need to be eased around the fan and onto the drive shaft pulley, then around the projector mechanism pulley.
This is the part that can be tricky and it may be necessary to loosen some parts to finish the fitting.
How to do it should become evident as you proceed with the job.
We have fitting instruction for some of the models that require more than usual dismantling.
We offer service to many popular projector brands:
Eumig, Bolex, Copal, Elmo, Fujiscope, Sankyo, Titan and Yelco and others.
These brands can usually be restored to provide several more years of service.
Our service includes general clean-
The lamp socket checked and cleaned and a new lamp fitted if required. Finally we test the projector with film.
Service cost depends on projector type but is usually in the range $165 to $220 plus parts and freight costs.
Before sending a projector for service, you should make sure it is a serviceable model, by contacting us first.
Then download and complete the repair order form here.
Repair of 8mm cameras
Parts are no longer available for Standard 8 or Super 8 movie cameras, and films are becoming hard to locate.
We discontinued servicing of 8mm cameras in 2010 and no longer have the required test equipment.
There are very few service facilities offering 8mm repair, and those that do will only service the professional class cameras.
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