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#1 Carl Levistin

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 02:27 PM

Hey all! I am relatively new to film. I grew up in a digital world and have chosen not to use film--until now. I am looking to buy a super-8 camera. Any suggestions? I am looking for something that will give me a combination of good picture and good sound capabilities. I have been researching different cameras but there are so many brands and models out there that I just dont know what to go with. Any personal experiences? What are the best brands, models, etc.? Thanks all!
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#2 jon lawrence

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 03:06 PM

My knowledge of cameras is limited but if you're looking for a reasonably priced camera that produces good images then both the canon 814 and the canon 1014 as well as the Nikon R10 have a good reputation . As for sound you may run into a few problems as sound film is no longer available and, although you could use an external device to record sound, most super 8 cameras are not crystal synced so there is the issue of your image and sound being out. There is a place I saw on the web that would crystal sync canon 1014 and 814 xl-s's for around $500 but considering the camera itself may only cost you $300 you may not feel it is worth it.
Another factor regarding sound is how much noise the camera makes. The canon 814 and 1014 xl-s are both fairly quiet as they were designed to record sound, however it can depend on the type of film you are shooting, the condition of the camera, etc.

Here are the links to the specifications of both the 814 and 1014 xl-s

http://www.canon.com...ne/f_index.html

http://www.canon.com...ne/f_index.html

They are both great cameras in my opinion. Both have many features such as interval timing and macro shooting that offer a lot of space to be creative.

I made the transition from digital to film about a year ago and trust me, when you see that first roll of film projected, you will not look back.

Hope this helps.

Edited by jon lawrence, 28 May 2007 - 03:08 PM.

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#3 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 05:31 AM

My favorite is leicina spezial, followed by canon 814, I like Nizos but had certain with soft lenses, guess they needed service, never used nikon and never liked beaulieu(exept for the 70fps slowmotion).

Just to make it even harder to decide: http://super8wiki.co...y:Manufacturers

Edited by Bernhard Zitz, 29 May 2007 - 05:34 AM.

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#4 Nate Downes

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 09:13 AM

I use a pair of Chinon cameras to good effect, a 1206 and a 200/12 XL.
For sound, the 200/12 is the quieter of the two, but as they don't make sound film anymore, kind of a moot point. Invest in a quality sound recorder, and get a sync unit for them, and you'll do fine. (I run a NAGRA III myself)
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#5 Terry Mester

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 05:13 PM

Hi Carl, the HTTP Links below will help you. In addition to Kodak, you can buy Super8 Cartridges from Spectra Film & Video: www.spectrafilmandvideo.com.

INFO FOR SUPER8 NEWBIES
You can find useful info on Super8mm by clicking the Threads linked below. If you would like to record Sound with your filming, log onto the Website www.geocities.com/filmanddigitalinfo which provides info on recording synchronous Sound. Good luck to you.

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=20597
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=20645
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=20939
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=20634
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=21857
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