Trouble with my first Film video camera

Hello, I’m new to all this and I just bought my fist film video camera, a canon 310XL. I was really excited and couldn’t wait to start filming things, I didn’t use it the first day because it was late when I got it and I needed to buy batteries. But the next day when I looked through the view finder I saw a red filter like thing on the right side. And I don’t know what it is. I was hoping someone could help?

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This is a 1975 camera.
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A historic camera

Wow you really have got a piece of history! Can you still get the film cassettes and a projector?
Of course the TV ruined all this when someone realised they could show their home movies via the telly and film suddenly became video.
Seriously life has moved on, most consumer camcorders use SD card memories instead of acetate and can be very "point and shoot" in their operation. The interest is now in the editing using a PC instead of a cutting block, razor and tape to alter the film strip (Yes, I have been there!) With a modern editor you can do virtually anything to your video, special effects, titles, picture enhancement, sound and music added or voiceovers plus a lot more.
So life would be more fun if you considered coming up to date and moving into digital.

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