Camera Check Point

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Cameras, lenses, projectors

Business Closure

The time has come to retire and we wish to advise that Camera Check Point will cease operation in June 2018.
After 37 years of operation and repairing well over 25.000  cameras and lenses, we plan to take it a little easier.

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8mm movie projector service, lamps and belts …

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-it-yourself tricks to consider before feeding film into the old projector.

Replacing a drive belt:

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 crusted belt material must be cleaned off.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-plastic types), moistened with acetone, to help remove any residue so you end up with a clean pulley.
If sticky residue is not fully removed, the new belt my stick to the pulleys and prevent the mechanism turning properly.

Fitting of the new beltClean pulley surface with acetone or shellite

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-up spool. If you model has two belts. It is a good idea to replace both at the same time.

Fit belt around fanThe 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.

Fit onto main drive shaft pulley then onto motor pulleyHow to do it should become evident as you proceed with the job.

Fitting instruction is available for some models that require more than usual dismantling.

15m Super 8 film spool Standard 8 film spool Std 8 film - larger sprocket holes Super 8 film - note the smaller sprocket holes

Super 8 film

Standard 8 film

Repair of projectors

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-up and lubrication. Old belts replaced and the film gate assembly is checked, cleaned and lubricated.
The lamp socket checked and cleaned and a new lamp fitted if required. Finally projectors are tested with film.

Service cost depends on projector type but is usually in the range $195 to $295 plus parts and freight costs.

Not all projectors are worth while servicing. You should always check with us first to make sure it is a serviceable.

Due to business closure and retirement projectors will not be accepted for service after end of May 2018.

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.

Approximate running time per 50ft/15m film:

18fps = 3min 20sec

24fps = 2min 30sec

Approximate running time per 50ft/15m film:

16fps = 4min 10sec

18fps = 3min 40sec

24fps = 2min 50sec

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