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#1 C. Y. Richmond

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 03:18 AM

what is the key technical difference between super 8mm and double super 8mm film (besides the different stocks made available on each)?
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 04:15 AM

what is the key technical difference between super 8mm and double super 8mm film (besides the different stocks made available on each)?


The classic claim is that ds8 cameras have a precision metal pressure plate, the super8 cart a plastic disposeable one.
A major diference is the longer load lenght of 100' per side.
Also, the super8 cart is very fast to load or change over, and you can switch between film stocks part way through a load with super8.
Super 8 cameras tend to be smaller and less obtrusive.
Ds8 stock can be processed by more labs than super 8 (as long as you have your own slitter).
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#3 A.Oliver

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 06:07 PM

If you can get your hands on k25 ds-8, run it thru a bolex ds-8 conversion, use the 5.5 or 12.5 h8rx switar primes, you will get ( at present ) unsurpassed super 8 images. The lure of the format was k25, now thats gone ( except for my fridge full ) i see no real advantage in using the format. Image steadiness is just as good thru my leicina special.
You asked for technical differences, is image quality a technical difference?
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