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Is the Canon 814 a good Super8 camera for amateur film-making?


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#1 Morgan Fleming

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:44 AM

My friends and I have been wanting to start Super 8 film making for a while now (we've done digital video for years). I found a Canon 814 for a reasonable price, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if it's a good one?

If not, what would you recommend as a good camera to look for?

Also, for night shooting, it's optimal to use 1600ISO film, right?

Thanks a bunch.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 04:01 PM

Hi, Yes the Canon 814 is an incredible camera. Our feature film which over 45 minutes was shot on the Canon 814. We received worldwide distribution. Please read this which i posted earlier in this forum.

Hi, I worked on the production for the feature film "Confessions of a Gangsta" The director Collin Camino was picked as one of the best new filmmakers in New York.This film was shot mainly on Super 8,the last 45
minutes are all Super 8. We also used 35mm and
minidv. The 35 mm parts were only about 15
minutes of the film and the rest was minidv. All
the pictures on the Emptytomb Cinema website is
from the actually movie and is all Super
8mm! The Super 8 was incredible, at times we
shot in almost no light and received beautiful
images from the Canon 814. The footage was
transfered to digibeta then minidv. To the
surprise of all,we were picked up for worldwide
distribution,received an advance,and the film is
now available at all Hollywood video stores, Blockbuster online
video,Netflix,Amazon.com...and many more big
sites. It is an incredible victory for Super 8,
I have included the links below,You are free to
share this information with all.
1.Film website site with Super 8 photos:

freewebs.com/emptytombcinema

.http://www.prwebphotowire.com/releases/imid301.htm

3.www.emediawire.com/releases/2006/5/prweb385295.php

http://www.hollywood...e...&MID=142616
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#3 Morgan Fleming

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 03:01 AM

Alright, thank you a lot! You have been very helpful!
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Posted 21 November 2006 - 07:17 AM

I had two of the model "814 Autozoom Electronic"(non XL). Beside the Leicina Special it's my favorite S8-camera so far. Unfortunately both are dead now, but I'd like to get another one... Watch out if the backfocus is ok, I had one that got way out of focus on the wide-end...

The lens is ok, I used it a lot fully open and it was not to soft... from all the cams I used, color and contrast felt best on this one...
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Posted 21 November 2006 - 07:41 PM

We didnt have any back focus problems. I do remember that the director Collin Camino would get a good light reading then he would open up the iris for another stop or 2 . This seemed to give the sharpest images on the 814( it was not the xl version). Actually the images on the website are from the super8 transfered to digibeta and then transfered to minidv. The photos on the site were grabbed from the minidv clips during editing.
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