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#1 Danson

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 02:44 PM

i just bought a sankyo CM 300 8mm and some k40 film at my local goodwill.
i need some help on learning how to focus it and having the correct composition and exposure ect..
also some tips on where i can get it developed and digitized.
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#2 Toby L Edwards

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:16 PM

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If the K40 film came with the camera it's probably to old to use! You can order new Film stock from KODAK. You will need to make sure that your camera will properly with the new film stocks. Here are a few links for you to do a little research. After you shoot your film I would recomend sending it to SPECTRA FILM AND VIDEO for telicine to Video. Check the liks below.
Welcome to Super 8 filmmaking and good luck.
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#3 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:21 PM

I don't want to appear unhelpful, but as you learned while registering here, you are asked to give your full first and last name. As this place is unlike other forums, please adhere to the rule.

As your questions are very fundamental and cover a huge array, can I suggest that you read through these introductory threads and their hyperlinked resources first, as they have covered new-to-cine-film and new-to-Super8 aspects before and far more extensively than a simple reply post could suffice.

http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=26088

http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=26116

http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=25990

With some questions answered and more precise ones raised, feel free to post them here, then, again.

Edited by Michael Lehnert, 16 October 2007 - 03:22 PM.

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#4 Toby L Edwards

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:30 PM

Sorry
here are a few links.

http://www.spectrafi...o.com/Film.html
http://www.kodak.com...d....6.24&lc=en
http://home.pacbell....yberg/super8mm/
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#5 Giles Perkins

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:44 PM

Go and read around www.onsuper8.org - but I would say that wouldn't I?

There are loads of links to processing and telecine (digitising) places under the "Process" page.

Shoot, experiment, enjoy and learn - repeat!

Edited by Giles Perkins, 16 October 2007 - 03:45 PM.

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#6 Matthew Buick

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:54 PM

This place could also be of use:

Super8Manual.
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#7 Danson

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:59 PM

i bought the camera at a rummage sale, everything seems to work just fine. I bought the film(in its wrapper) at good will for 2 bucks iono how to check whether its good or not. and i will try to change my name i am not sure if you can though. and thanks for everyones help
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#8 Terry Mester

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 04:05 PM

Hi Danson, the HTTP Links below will provide further info. In addition to Kodak, you can buy Super8 Cartridges from Spectra Film & Video: www.spectrafilmandvideo.com. I don't have time today, but as I have a Sankyo Super CM400 Camera, I can tell you everything you need to know about Sankyo -- including removing the front cover to clean the inside of the Lens. Just use "AUTO" on the Aperture Dial for filming with K40. Use your eyesight for setting the Lens Focus (the front Dial on the Lens), and I don't recommend using the Electric Zoom Dial button which slows down the Camera Motor.

INFO FOR SUPER8 NEWBIES
You can find useful information 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.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=20597
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=20645
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=20939
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=20634
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=23249
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=21857
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=24482
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#9 Rick Palidwor

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 01:40 AM

Use your eyesight for setting the Lens Focus (the front Dial on the Lens),


First set the diopter (the eye piece you look into. The whole eyepiece should turn or there should be a dial whereby you make the eyepiece itself in and out of focus. Look at the information in the viewfinder (circle in the middle, aperture numbers) and make that sharp.

Now when you focus with the focus ring what you see is what you get (focus-wise). If you don't adjust the diopter for your eyes (everyone would set it differently, since we all have different eyes) you can't focus accurately.

Rick
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