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#1 Pavan Deep

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Wolverine Super 8 scanner is pretty cheap and basic and I'm sure the quality is pretty mediocre. I suppose to get decent scans with it one would need a better light source, a better camera and lens inside. Just wondering if anyone has tinkered with this unit.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 01:36 PM

Check reviews on Amazon, B&H, and see actual results on youtube. There are many negative reviews on the output and on the functioning of the scanner. A major complaint is it only engages one sprocket at a time which leads to jams.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 04:40 PM

I thought the biggest problem was compression 


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 09:16 PM

I haven't used it myself but the three main complaints were the quality of the scanned movies and breaking or jamming the film due to the one sprocket being used to advance the film instead of three sprokets used on more expensive equipment which caused people to have to rescan many times, and breakdown of the equipment. Also the warranty was only for 200 scans. One reviewer said it took more than 20 tries to scan one 3 minute piece of film. At that rate the warranty would expire after 8-10 film scans.

I thought the biggest problem was compression 


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#5 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 01:29 PM

I scanned this with a Wolverine.

 

nsfw

 

 

Too low Q for me. 

 

Plus it broke after 20 something reels. Then it ate up an important film. Once it starts to squeal, stop scanning or you risk getting your film ruined. 

 

If it was higher Q and lasted 20+ reels, then it could work even as a disposable and still be economically feasible versus paying a lot of $ to get the film scanned. 


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 01:47 PM

Plus scenes played too fast in some sections. I wonder if that could be slowed down in the editor to appear to be at normal speed?


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 02:28 PM

Has anyone tried to change its camera, or lens?

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#8 Duncan Corbin

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 11:03 PM

The ONLY good thing about this scanner is that it's affordable. Besides that, it's not meant for any type of serious preservation. I bought this when I was offered a job to scan priceless footage of Wisconsin and I ran into many problems with it: the film wouldn't be in the same place you aligned the camera when you hit the record button, the film would get stuck in the gate so I had many five seconds to hour long scans of just one frame, the recording quality was so bad I had to apologize to the client, the scanner will not play back the footage like advertised, and the list goes on and on. Unless you're just buying this to keep some footage alive, don't buy this. 


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#9 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 07:48 AM

Has anyone tried to change its camera, or lens?

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Check here, I think I remember reading about a guy that modded it. 

 

http://8mmforum.film-tech.com/

 

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 07:51 AM

The ONLY good thing about this scanner is that it's affordable. Besides that, it's not meant for any type of serious preservation. I bought this when I was offered a job to scan priceless footage of Wisconsin and I ran into many problems with it: the film wouldn't be in the same place you aligned the camera when you hit the record button, the film would get stuck in the gate so I had many five seconds to hour long scans of just one frame, the recording quality was so bad I had to apologize to the client, the scanner will not play back the footage like advertised, and the list goes on and on. Unless you're just buying this to keep some footage alive, don't buy this. 

 

BH used to have a super 8 scanner that looked like a movie projector. It was about $1200. It had good reviews, but they don't seem to sell it any longer.

 

The movie film scanner options are terrible for anyone that is on a budget. Really sad industry has not filled this niche.


Edited by Daniel D. Teoli Jr., 19 October 2018 - 07:51 AM.

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#11 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 07:55 AM

Too bad they didn't make this one in higher res. I heard they were decent scanners. 

 

https://www.ebay.com...btYZg:rk:3:pf:0

 

A lot of these film scanners seem to be made in some guys garage. I don't care about that, as long as they are affordable, reliable and produce decent scans.


Edited by Daniel D. Teoli Jr., 19 October 2018 - 07:58 AM.

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