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#1 Rui Resende

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:43 PM

Somehow, a perfect Canon 310 XL AF with box came to me. I've just put batteries and ran it without film, and the electric and optic parts are in perfect conditions, so i just have to try the camera with film now. It's not a very resourceful camera, it seems, but i really really enjoyed the lightness and portability of it, so i was thinking of starting to take it whenever i want to travel with little weight.

Now i've been looking for suitable film for it that is still being made. Since the camera's characteristics state that:

film speed: automatic for 40/64 and 100/160 ASA only (daylight/tungsten)

this means the camera will expose correctly the Ektachrome, the Tri-X and the Plus-X right? Just to confirm, so i won't have a huge disappointment when i develop the film.

thanks, i'll try to post some test footage if i'm able to use the camera
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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:58 PM

I assume the AF means autofocus?
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#3 Tom Houston

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:31 PM

Here's a little video I put together a while back about exposing Super 8 film in the 310XL


Edited by Tom Houston, 26 April 2010 - 09:31 PM.

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#4 Jim Carlile

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:29 AM

For sure Tri-X and V200 negative, but Plus-X and E100 might be 2/3 stop underexposed.

Suspect that that camera will not read 100ASA daylight-- which is triggered by the notchless cartridge and the 160T/100D speed indice. Will set the meter to ASA160 instead and just retract the internal 85 filter.
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#5 Ian Payne

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 05:48 AM

http://www.canon.com.../...71-1982&p=2 wont read 64t. according to canon museum. youll have to use plus-x, tri-x or wait for the 100d as its got fully automated ttl, no compensation. or use negative stock.
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#6 Rui Resende

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:38 PM

I assume the AF means autofocus?


yes, it's AF.


well pitty it won't expose 64t correctly. So that means there are no reversal available color stock that i can use. I never used negative stock, what do you recomend?

thanks for the advice, i'll try tri-x and see what it comes out.

Tom, nice tutorial, although that's not my camera.
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#7 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 07:19 PM

yes, it's AF.


well pitty it won't expose 64t correctly. So that means there are no reversal available color stock that i can use. I never used negative stock, what do you recomend?

thanks for the advice, i'll try tri-x and see what it comes out.

Tom, nice tutorial, although that's not my camera.


You can't outsmart or outthink a super-8 camera. You put a cartridge in it and shoot it. Assuming the 310 has either manual exposure or an exposure button that locks the exposure, you can work around the issue. First, you have to identify what the issue is, and that is only done by shooting a roll.

When I went to college a long time ago, I helfped start a film and video production club called ACTION!
I made it a point of one shooting one cartridge of super-8 film over the weekend, bringing it into the local kodak dealer on Monday, getting it back on Thursday, and showing it at our Friday meetings. I did this every week one semester.

I have trouble understanding why people aren't willing to shoot test rolls? Is the cost? Digital video costs A LOT MORE to get into, then you can save money by shooting hours of footage that you may or may not ever edit. But on the front end, one super-8 cartridge and processing is much much cheaper than any other format out there.
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#8 Ian Payne

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 06:41 PM

100d is on ebay now, so there is no problem. forget the 64t and get in the 310.
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#9 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:50 PM

When I went to college a long time ago, I helfped start a film and video production club called ACTION!
I made it a point of one shooting one cartridge of super-8 film over the weekend,


As you can see from above, I probably should have attended my other classes as well.
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#10 Steven Boldt

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 02:18 PM

You can't outsmart or outthink a super-8 camera. You put a cartridge in it and shoot it. Assuming the 310 has either manual exposure or an exposure button that locks the exposure, you can work around the issue. First, you have to identify what the issue is, and that is only done by shooting a roll.

When I went to college a long time ago, I helfped start a film and video production club called ACTION!
I made it a point of one shooting one cartridge of super-8 film over the weekend, bringing it into the local kodak dealer on Monday, getting it back on Thursday, and showing it at our Friday meetings. I did this every week one semester.

I have trouble understanding why people aren't willing to shoot test rolls? Is the cost? Digital video costs A LOT MORE to get into, then you can save money by shooting hours of footage that you may or may not ever edit. But on the front end, one super-8 cartridge and processing is much much cheaper than any other format out there.

Excellent advice about shooting test rolls Alessandro. Just write down your settings and the composition of the shot for every single shot you take.
As far as the AF, I believe all Super 8 cameras use this to mean auto focus.
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#11 Steve Daniels

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:18 PM

100d is on ebay now, so there is no problem. forget the 64t and get in the 310.


Or better yet, just order the film straight from Kodak.
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