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Need Help! 1947 Revere Camera Newbie with quesiton


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Hi all. I am very new to the camera world and only have started looking into recently because my SO is interested in it so please excuse me if there is a simple fix to my question.

I recently purchase a 1947 revere reverse movie camera (this might not even be the correct description is I’ll attach a photo). I purchased the film for it but before it got here I got antsy and ran the camera without film to verify it worked and it did. However today I tried to do that again but I accidentally wound up the camera while the switch that starts the filming and can take single shots was already switched to on. And low and behold now the camera doesn’t run.

I was wondering if anyone knew if there was any quick fixes for this or knew if I have likely damaged the camera beyond repair. If it’s hurt beyond repair it’s not the end of the world and I’ll learn from my mistake and move on but I certainly didn’t want to pay for a repair or have a camera shop help me if it’s us already too far gone.

Thank you in advance and if my description of the issues wasn’t adequate please let me know and I can fill in any blanks.

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I do not think you did anything that would break this very old movie camera. I think it is a Revere Model 70, from the 1940s that uses "Double-8 Roll Film". This is a spring-wound/ clockwork camera. If it is frozen up, probably needs a Clean-Lube-Adjust.

NOW for the advice: Get a Super-8 movie camera. Film is superior, and more readily available. The Super-8 cameras are more reliable, offer auto-exposure, have zoom lenses, and through the lens viewing. Be prepared to pay ~$50 for film and processing for a 4 minute movie.

If you want to shoot movies, you will be paying a lot for film and developing. Best to get a good camera that has been services.
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