Ricoh Super 8 800Z Troubleshooting
This is a troubleshooting guide to help diagnose problems for the Ricoh Super 8 film camera.
Camera will not zoom
Camera will not zoom in or out using the zoom buttons on top of the camera.
Camera is already zoomed in or out to its max
Look at the manual frame ring at the front of the camera and look for the metal knob. If it is at the top, turn the ring counterclockwise. If the knob is at the side, turn it clockwise.
The electric zoom is faulty
If the zoom buttons at the top of the camera don’t work, but the manual zoom works, there is probably something wrong with the magnification control motor and it will need to be replaced.
Camera will not turn on
The camera will not capture anything on film when pressing the record
Check to see if the camera has batteries for the film drive. The film drive battery compartment is in the foldable handle at the bottom of the camera. The Super 8 requires 4 AA batteries. Once the batteries are in place, turn the camera on by turning the dial on the left side of the camera.
Batteries are not properly in their compartment
Ensure the batteries fit properly in their compartment with the positive and negative polarities pointing in the correct directions.
Batteries are dead
You can test the charge of the film drive batteries by pressing the button labeled “motor” at the rear of the camera. If the needle on the battery indicator points to the red, replace the batteries and retest.
Electric Eye Battery is dead
Test the charge of the Electric Eye Battery by pressing the “meter” button at the rear of the camera. If the needle on the indicator points to the red, the electric eye battery needs to be replaced.
Stiff Cartridge Syndrome
If you notice that the film is not rolling properly, and your videos are going faster than normal, you might have a stiff film cartridge.
Faulty film motor
The film motor could be faulty and needs to be replaced. With no film in the camera, and the camera on, turn the filming speed dial and listen to how the camera sounds as you change filming speeds. Our guide will demonstrate how to remove and replace this motor with a new one.
Stiff cartridge reels
The film cartridge may have stiff reels causing the film not to move properly. This can be fixed by turning to the blank side of the film cartridge (the side without the film label), and turning the cartridge spindle in the clockwise direction a few times.
Faulty pull-down claw
The pull-down claw that feeds the film through the camera may be faulty. The camera will need to be opened up to see if the pull-down claw is the issue and will need to be replaced.
When looking through the viewfinder, the image is distorted.
The image is out of focus
While looking through the viewfinder, try turning the focus ring and see if the image clears.
Lens is dirty
Use lens-cleaning wipes to clear the lens of smudges or debris.
Lens is broken
If there is a crack, or the lens is shattered, the lens will have to be replaced.
Eyepiece adjuster does not work
The eyepiece adjuster does not spin or does not alter the view.
Adjuster is jammed
If the adjuster does not spin smoothly, it might need to be cleaned or cleared of debris. The best way to do this is by removing the rubber covering over the eyepiece, followed by the three screws holding the adjuster in place. Lift the adjuster slightly out of its socket and spray compressed air in the socket to clear debris.
Adjuster is broken
If the adjuster spins freely, but the view does not change, there adjuster is probably faulty. It will need to be replaced.