Operating Instructions for a Chinon 2000 GL Film Projector

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Operating Instructions for a Chinon 2000 GL Film Projector
View 8mm film on a Chinon 2000 GL. (8mm film tape on white image by Slobodan Djajic from Fotolia.com)

The Chinon 2000 GL is a 2-reel 8 millimetre (8mm) projector first manufactured in the 1970s. As home and commercial movies shot on 8mm film become increasingly rare commodities, a reliable projection method is needed to prevent damaging the film, and the 2000 GL, while something of an antique, is designed to be sturdy and easy to operate in the home. Threading and watching movies on the projector is still possible today.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Reel of 8mm film

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  1. 1

    Sit the 2000 GL on a steady surface and point the lens toward a white screen or wall. Connect one end of the projector's AC adaptor to the power input on the right side of the projector and the other end to an AC electrical socket.

  2. 2

    Set the front knob to "Slow" and the rear to "Off." Mount an 8mm film reel on the rear spool and gently feed the end of the film into the slot near the lower-right corner of the spool area.

  3. 3

    Set the rear knob to "Thread" and feed the film into the slot until it comes out the second slot on the top of the projector. Wind the film around the front spool until it is securely threaded.

  4. 4

    Turn the rear knob to "Project" and twist the front knob clockwise until the film is running at the right speed. Turn the rear knob to "Rewind" until you have reached the point from which you want to watch, then switch back to "Project." The film will run until it is entirely spooled on the front reel, at which point it can be removed from the projector.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have purchased a Chinon 2000 GL second-hand, the component most likely in need of replacing is the bulb. The 2000 GL takes 8V 50W (8-volt, 50-watt) CXL/CXR bulbs. Visit a bulb store, 8mm hobbyist supplier or the site in the resources section to procure new bulbs. Replace the bulb by opening the hinged flap beneath the front spool and unscrewing the old one. Wear gloves while screwing the new bulb into place.

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