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Bruce Nachbar

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  1. Hi all, All the leatherette is present. The"U" in Beaulieu on the name plate is scuffed. Otherwise extremely clean. The motor purrs nicely. I need to run some film through it soon. Besides loving the way it looks, I do not need the motors, especially if the meter is not going to work. No need for a power zoom. Is it difficult to remove the motors? Would I still need to have the lens calibrated to work with this camera? I also have a Fujica ZC1000 with the Fujinon Wide Angle c-mount prime. Will this need to be calibrated (flange adjusted?) in order to work on my ZM4? Besides exposing a cartridge of film, is there a way to visually tell is the Written filter is in good shape? Thank you, Bruce
  2. Thank you Justin for the reply. The camera was $50 so worth the risk. Now I need a decent light meter app, I guess. I wonder what I can do to get the lens to mount more cleanly. Regardless they are beautiful design pieces and the obtaining of a childhood dream.
  3. Hello, I have added a 4008ZM4 I bought on Ebay. No lens. I tried to mount the Angenieux 8-64 from my ZM on the ZM4 but it doesn't sit properly; it is short a 1/4 rotation from the two motors sitting flush with the body. It mounts just fine on the ZM. Additionally, while the motor seems to be running fine the light meter doesn't budge. Not even when I flick the dial to TEST. The needle just stays pegged in the "low" position. There isn't a separate battery for the light meter, correct? I have an Ebay battery, that works well on the ZM. Is the battery contact that is to the right/center/toward the rear of the camera, the contact for the meter? Thank you for any thoughts you may have on these two issues. Bruce
  4. Hello again Dom, I have a 4008ZM. It does not have the slotted shaft like on other version (that can take the rewind knob). I am still waiting for the delivery of the battery. Do you know any other way to manually advance the movement? Thank you, Bruce
  5. Hi Dom, Thank you for the amazingly thorough reply. I will try a few of your suggestions when I get to work on Monday. I ordered a battery kit from Ebay. Homemade job; price it right and looks good. Fingers crossed. Sincerely, Bruce
  6. Hi, I hope someone can help answer a few questions. I just received a very mint condition looking Beaulieu 4008ZM with the Angenieux 8-64mm. This was won in an online live-bid auction a month or so ago (a large number of Super 8 cameras from a collector). It looks great but I don't have a clue if it works as it didn't come with a battery (not even a non-working one). Here is what I've discovered: - I can't see an image thru the viewfinder. From the posts I've read I am presuming it is because the shutter is in the down position. - I need to purchase some sort of battery. Looking on the Wittner website I saw the large Eneloop on-board battery. It is not cheap. Has anyone used this? Am I better getting a Dummy Socket, cable and external battery? Any particular system you would recommend? - The mirror retraction knob will not turn. While I do not plan on retracting the mirror I wonder why it would be so stiff. - The Three-position Power Supply switch is stuck in the "in" position. I can pull it out, with a little effort and using my fingernails. I can't seem to make it lock in the "lock" position. My guess is something is amiss. Is there supposed to be a spring-action or something like that? - I put the selector in the "Manual" position and try to manually zoom but it feels like the gears are still engaged. Is this because there is no power to the camera? - The camera did come with the filter key. Is there a way to tell, without burning a cartridge of film, if the Wratten filter is still good? - There is no foam or rubber gasket on the film door; is that the design? Thank you in advance for any advice. I live in Tokyo so having the camera checked out in Europe is not easy. I need to check with Retro 8 to see if they work on Beaulieu. I hope I can turn this into a viable camera; it is the camera I've dreamed of owning since I was 10 years old. Bruce
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