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#1 Ed Blackburn

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:52 AM

Hi there. This is my first post to the forum as it looks like just the right place to find some much needed advice.

I own a Sankyo Super MF 404 - My Super8 camera I've only used it once (several years ago) and it's in excellent condition.

A friend of mine has asked me to get a few minutes worth of colour shots on his wedding day in a few weeks time. Nothing special, just some nice shots of him and his bride outside the church after the wedding. The mother of the bride has already banned filming inside the church ( <_< ) so it'll be outside shooting, in daylight. We will be in Scotland and the weather could be anything from bright sunshine (like it is at the moment) to overcast torrential rains!!

Anyway, I'm nervous about selecting the right kind of film for the job.

First off we have the Kodak EKTACHROME 64T Colour Reversal which seems to work best in bright daylight and can't cope very well with low light (am I right on this?). So that seems like a bit of a risk to take.

Then we have Kodak VISION2 200T Colour Negative which seems to cope better with low light and overcast daylight. I asked a UK stockist about using this and they said it could do the job, but may jam in the camera because of the thicker emulsion.

Basically, it'd be great to know which kind of film would work best with the Sankyo in the variable conditions I've mentioned. I'm not very technical when it comes to film speeds etc, so any pointers would be much appreciated. The Sankyo Super MF 404 seems to have a lot of auto functions, and I'd like to use these if at all possible as I'm wary of going manual and messing everything up!

Thanks for your help and I hope I haven't been to confusing or naive!!

Cheers.
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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:31 PM

I own a Sankyo Super MF 404 - My Super8 camera I've only used it once (several years ago) and it's in excellent condition.

The Site has a Super 8 forum which might be a better place to get opinions. The Sankyo units are very nice, but if you look at the spec sheet on the site you quote you will see that the camera only indexes to a few film speeds. the Ektachrome is suitable or the camera.

Are you planing to scan your film to video?
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