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Jeremy Cavanagh

8-80 motor Instructions for Pathe BTL DS8 camera

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I’m trying to find out how to connect an 8-80 motor to a Pathe BTL DS8 camera. I’ve bought the camera and its motor but can’t find any instructions for the motor. The motor appears to couple with the film rewind mechanism on the camera but as the rewind mechanism appears to only go backwards (as you’d expect). I found a camera operating instruction manual online which has a brief section on coupling the two together via the film rewind but nothing about releasing the rewind so it drives the film forward. I don’t not to break things when coupling the two together and turning the motor on and trying to force it....

The weird thing camera does have a separate direct drive shaft but the motor doesn’t physically couple to it.


Any ideas.



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Update. A fellow cinematography member very kindly sent me a copy of an article on the 16mm version which explained in much better detail how to couple the camera and motor together and that has explained everything.

Being in lockdown here in London should give some time over the next few weeks to run some test rolls through the camera, not sure if anyone is processing film here at the moment though. 

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