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#1 John Stanhope

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:28 AM

hey guys,
I'm going to be converting a super8 camera into max8, but i cant seem to find a pre fabricated gate that i can buy, Has anyone seen anything around, If not I'm sure i can do it myself its not really that difficult, I think that Max8 will make everything easier, due to the 20% increase in the gate from 1.33 to 1.58 it wont need as much cropping for widescreen.
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#2 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 11:29 AM

Ultra 8 or Super Duper 8 is 1:1.45 max as recently extensively debated here (and quie inconflict to Pro8mm), and the increase is more like 10-%. It's not like Normal 35 to Super 35, Normal 16 to Super 16, or even Normal 8 to Super 8!
Pro8mm's claim of 1:1.58 is based on letterbox-cropped telecine.


I recommend reading through these three things here first, complete, in this order:

http://www.cinematog...?showtopic=2005

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=26352

and most recently a post of mine on the nature of Max 8:

http://www.cinematog...n...st&p=214201
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#3 John Stanhope

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for the info. it was really helpful, i still think im gonna do the conversion, i Have more regular gates just in case one breaks or something while im working on it, i guess i have to deal with a little inaccuracy in the viewfinder unless i can buy a pre made ground glass, though.
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#4 Rick Palidwor

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:06 AM

Thanks for the info. it was really helpful, i still think im gonna do the conversion, i Have more regular gates just in case one breaks or something while im working on it, i guess i have to deal with a little inaccuracy in the viewfinder unless i can buy a pre made ground glass, though.


File the left-hand side about as far as you think you can go. Be careful. Mitch Perkins at www.photoplays.ca has done many and may offer some advice if you need it.

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