Using an old camera without the battery?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jean, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Jean

    Jean Guest

    Using an old camera without the battery?

    I recently got an old 35mm camera VIVITAR 35EE.
    There is an AUTO selection.
    As some old camera, it needs a battery.
    Before buying a battery ($15!), I am willing to put a film and test the camera.

    What is the purpose of the battery?
    If I do not use a battery, will I be able to take pictures?
    What are the limitations using a camera without a battery?
    Jean, Nov 3, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: (Jean)
    If this is an older mechanical camera (I don't know this brand at all) then the
    battery powers the light meter and perhaps not much else. So if you can guess
    the right exposure (or use an external meter) you can shoot with it.
    Yes, if it doesn't have an electronic shutter and has a crank to wind the film.
    Set the exposure to 1 second, open the back and push the shutter and see if it
    Bill Hilton, Nov 3, 2003
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    Timo Labrenz Guest

    15USD? That's a lot! What kind of battery is this? IIRC, PX675
    mercuries are needed, right?
    The Vivitar 35EE, 35ES (faster lens) and the Revue 400SE are clones
    of the Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII (Konica Auto S3 is very similar, too).
    Most of those cameras need mercury 675 batteries that are not
    produced in the USA or Europe anymore. However, if you can get one
    of those, it shouldn't be that expensive!

    While I've used most of the other cameras mentioned, I haven't used
    the 35EE, yet. Does it have a manual mode? If it does have one, like
    the 35ES, it should work without a battery. You won't be able to use
    automatic mode and you of course won't have light metering, but you
    should be fine with an external meter.

    If it's like the 400SE, which has only shutter priority, you won't
    get correct exposures without a battery. The camera can't set the

    There's an easy way to find out. Set the shutter time to maximum
    (1/8s?) and press the button. If it works, fine. If you're not sure,
    compare it with the fastest setting (1/500s) and try "B" as well,
    just to be sure. Take different settings for the aperture. If all
    settings work, there's no problem - take a external light meter and
    go ahead.

    Timo Labrenz, Nov 3, 2003
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