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#1 Yancey Franco

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:01 PM

I'm looking to purchase my first Super 8 camera and i found a Chinon 612XL Macro camera that looks to be in very good condition. Does anyone have any input on whether it is worth buying or not? I'm basically looking to shoot shorts and narratives.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 09:17 PM

I have one, and it is a good camera, but be careful for the drive belt. They're notoreous for wearing out from age. I replaced mine with a rubber band of the right size and been happy since.
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 04:22 AM

whats the best kind of film to use for it...either in low light or in daytime conditions? i'm guessing since you use it that its able to handle the cartridges made now right?
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 06:26 AM

whats the best kind of film to use for it...either in low light or in daytime conditions? i'm guessing since you use it that its able to handle the cartridges made now right?


I use an external light meter, actually. The notching doesn't work (didn't work well with the original carts, always overexposing them, and really doesn't work on new carts).
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