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Michael Johnson

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  • Birthday March 24

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    1014XL-S, 814AZE, 514XL, 310XL

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  1. I've got a 1014XL-S I was thinking about widening the gate on. I don't really care about modifying the viewfinder to match the new frame or anything. Is widening the gate as simple as removing it, and filing away the 0.5mm or so from the proper side? Are there any risks (Obvious or not) that I should be aware of?
  2. Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'm starting to think that these are fixed the whole way across which is great. And yeah, some of my shots with the 1014XL-S and shooting 50D stock look almost as good as 16mm with a hi-res scan. Pretty amazing.
  3. I've been shooting Super 8 for a couple years now, and I'm considering becoming brave and playing with the manual aperture. Does anyone know if Super 8 cameras have fixed apertures across the whole focal length? I specifically have a 310XL, 514XL, 814AZE, and a 1014XL-S. The lenses are marked as if they're fixed (like 1014XL-S - 1:1.4 6.5-65mm), but I find that almost too good to be true. Thanks!
  4. To update this post more than a year later, I eventually took the camera apart and "fixed" the problem. I desoldered all 6,500 wires from the main PCB and busted off the speed dial (which is riveted on!). Since I use this camera at 24FPS, I just jumped that connection to permanently make it 24. While I was in there, I 3D printed some new battery compartment pieces that had melted from some exploding batteries. It was comical how difficult Canon made this thing to operate on, but it's not impossible to fix these things without "donor boards".
  5. After emailing around, it seems to be a costly and common issue where the dial contacts break or wear out. The difficult part comes from getting to the dial which requires freeing the PCB from a nest of wires and soldered on contacts. According to one person I talked to, a "donor" board is required to fix the problem but unless the issue involves some sort of proprietary or obsolete IC, I don't think that would be the case. I found a dead link to a site with visual guide to get into the 1014 XL-S and (sort of) how to perform the repair. Fortunately it was archived and I could visit it with the Wayback Machine. Here's the link in case anyone needs it: https://web.archive.org/web/20170915060308/http://www.nakanocam.com/8mm_page/canon1014xl-sfps.html
  6. Hello. I just picked up a Canon 1014 xls and it seems like the frame rate is stuck. The gate speed does not change when I turn the dial however the slow motion button does work when pressed. I didn't see this issue with any other camera on the forum. Anyone have any insight? I believe it's stuck at 9 fps
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