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#1 Peter Anderson

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 04:41 PM

Which Super 8 cameras let you change the lenses and which offer a range of anamorphic lenses?
Do any cameras offer a set of primes? Id like as much information on the topic of super 8 and lenses as possible, including where they are available (preferably in the UK) - are there any experts out there?
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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 03:46 PM

Which Super 8 cameras let you change the lenses and which offer a range of anamorphic lenses?
Do any cameras offer a set of primes? Id like as much information on the topic of super 8 and lenses as possible, including where they are available (preferably in the UK) - are there any experts out there?


Balcom, Beaulieu, and Leicina have interchangeable lens capability.

Anamorphic lenses can be presumeably be put on any super-8 camera that offers widest angle close-up macro focusing???

Edited by Alessandro Machi
Matthew Buick has pointed out that
Balcom is incorrect, it's actually
called a Nalcom. Dare I say
I actually have one of these
and I forgot the name. :ph34r:
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#3 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 04:28 PM

Which Super 8 cameras let you change the lenses and which offer a range of anamorphic lenses?


No S8 cameras offer a range of anamorphic lenses.

Availiable anamorphics are attachments which fit infront of the camera's lens.
The wide end of the zoom will usually vignette, so you'll be limited to the long end of the zoom.
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#4 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 04:36 PM

No S8 cameras offer a range of anamorphic lenses.

Availiable anamorphics are attachments which fit infront of the camera's lens.
The wide end of the zoom will usually vignette, so you'll be limited to the long end of the zoom.


So instead of a wide position macro, the camera would need to have a macro that is accessible throughout the full range of the zoom?

If so, the Elmo 1012XLS offers macro in the telephoto mode, I don't recall if the macro is available when not in the telephoto mode. Would the Elmo qualify for anamorphic purposes?
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#5 Matthew Buick

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 04:40 PM

Balcom, Beaulieu, and Leicina have interchangeable lens capability.


It's actually ''Nalcom''. ;)

Also the russian Kinoflex can be converted to take interchangable lenses, and the high speed Mekel Engineering cameras, although they are probably almost impossible to find, and only good for REALLY high speed shots.
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#6 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:39 PM

So instead of a wide position macro, the camera would need to have a macro that is accessible throughout the full range of the zoom?

If so, the Elmo 1012XLS offers macro in the telephoto mode, I don't recall if the macro is available when not in the telephoto mode. Would the Elmo qualify for anamorphic purposes?


The Macro isn't used with anamorphics, but with single element wide angles.
You use the normal focusing and also have to focus the anamorphic.
Except Iscorama. Camera at infinity
Anamorphics don't close focus either.
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#7 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 03:19 PM

The Nizo Macro's can use the anamorphic attatchment. I have one, macro mode with zoom ring to focus on the lense attatchment.
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 12:24 PM

The Nizo Macro's can use the anamorphic attatchment. I have one, macro mode with zoom ring to focus on the lense attatchment.

An anamorphic lens is a squeeze lens for changing the shape of the image.
It is basically a Galilean telescope using cylinder lenses instead of spherical lenses.
A zoom through afocal attachment is a Galilaen telescope with spherical lenses.
If the negative elements are in front it is a wide angle adaptor,
if the positive elements are in front it is a telephoto adaptor.

The single element wide angle attachment which uses the macro adjustment is neither afocal nor anamorphic.

Most anamorphic attachments focus to around five feet or 1.5 meters.
The camera is focused as normal, the anamorphic is focused at the same distance as the camera lens.
The large depth of field of S8 allows for some fudging in focusing.
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#9 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 03:17 AM

Mike Nyberg has a section devoted to anamorphicitizing your super-8 camera. (yes I partially made up the big word).

http://home.pacbell..../super8_39.html
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