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#1 Moises Perez

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:53 PM

Hello everyone,

How many of you would like to have a brand new Super 8 film camera?

I am researching film professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts to find out how many of you would like to invest in a new camera. Cine Gear Expo LA 2010is around the corner and I would like to talk to camera-makers about this project.

My idea is to make a proposal for a professional Super 8 film camera and see if there is a camera-maker company that would be interested in the project.

I want to talk to Arri, Aaton, and/or any other company at the trade show and ask them whether something like this would be possible. Cine Gear Expo LA 2010 will happen from June 3 to June 6 at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. At this point I would like to be able to tell them how many of you are interested in purchasing the camera.

Please post your feedback, adding more camera features as you wish. I am sure there will be a lot of technical challenges, but I think it can be done.


I need two things from you please:

1. Who is interested?
2. How much are you willing to pay for a camera like this?

Sincerely,

moy


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#2 Chris Burke

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:36 PM

I am. I have always dreamt that if I won the lottery I would fund the R&D for such a project. I have heard rumors but nothing all that substantial, that Aaton were in some sort of preliminary phase of planning a pro Super 8 camera. My suggestion is that they are part of the way there with their A-minima. A modification upon that design might make for an easier and quicker prototype stage. Pretty much what you were stating. I'd buy one. If you could or someone else build something with the Aaton quality and all the specs you mentioned and kept it under 10k. Or perhaps a mod to existing A-minimas, that might be the ticket. Either way, rock on!! I am 1000 percent behind you.
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#3 Trevor Swaim

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:06 PM

PL mount wouldn't really be wise in my opinion. The current lenses that are available in PL mount are no where near wide enough for super8 purposes. It would be wiser to either go with the B12 1/3" bayonet mount that is available on cameras like the JVC HD100-HM700, Panasonic HPX300 and Sony Z7. This is a solid mount, it has lenses that are quite wide already on the market and with simple and strong adapters can be mated with B4, and therefore Digiprimes and a myriad of other professional lenses, or PL.

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#4 Nicholas Rapak

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:16 PM

I would like to see an option for DS8, as I like to film with longer reels.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:13 PM

I would like to see an option for DS8, as I like to film with longer reels.



two hundred feet isn't enough?
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:31 AM

I'm confised. I thought the point of people using 8mm was so they could end up with the low-resolution, dated feel it provides. Besides, making a camera capable of longer reels and higher resolution would not be helpful without a company that can produce longer reels and higher quality film. Film like that would probably cost as much as 16mm, so there would be no point in making a whole new 8mm camera.

The limits of this medium have been pushed about as far as they can go.
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#7 Patrick Couprie

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 04:20 AM

Hello everyone,

How many of you would like to have a brand new Super 8 film camera?

I am researching film professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts to find out how many of you would like to invest in a new camera. Cine Gear Expo LA 2010is around the corner and I would like to talk to camera-makers about this project.

My idea is to make a proposal for a professional Super 8 film camera and see if there is a camera-maker company that would be interested in the project.

I want to talk to Arri, Aaton, and/or any other company at the trade show and ask them whether something like this would be possible. Cine Gear Expo LA 2010 will happen from June 3 to June 6 at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. At this point I would like to be able to tell them how many of you are interested in purchasing the camera.

Please post your feedback, adding more camera features as you wish. I am sure there will be a lot of technical challenges, but I think it can be done.


I need two things from you please:

1. Who is interested?
2. How much are you willing to pay for a camera like this?

Sincerely,

moy


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#8 Andries Molenaar

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:46 AM

Would be interesting to see if there is enough response. These manufacturers likely need runs of several 100pcs.
Don't forget commitment from people over the Internet is only 1/100 of value compared to people with whom you shake real hands.

Working from reels is likely best but in USA limits your options of material severily. Better partner up with Wittner but these are already heavily into refurbished pro8 things. Never understood that. Reputationwise it is a total mismatch.

Real Super-8 of course comes in S-8 cartridges :) Better adopt an inside filmhandling scheme like in de Mekel super-8 camera. That should make for jitter and breathing free images. But is still S8 then, rhetorically.

If you want a reliable machine you could use a S-8 like focallength on a 16mm camera, Frame it as S8 and in teleciné just capture the intended frame. Not my idea, read it in someone else's recommendation. You could run quite some length of film before you equal the costs of a special new camera. And for that one you would still have to purchase film :)
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#9 Fred Neilsen

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:04 AM

I think Ikonoskop where planning on making a S8 camera but I'm not sure if they followed through.

http://www.retrothin...cameras/page/3/
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#10 K Borowski

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:29 AM

I'm sorry, but this will not fly, unless you are prepared to pay more for one of these cameras than the price of a new car.


There just isn't enough demand to make them in bulk, economically.



Even 16mm cameras are starting to get axed. 35mm models probably won't be available new for much longer either.

Hate to be a buzz-kill, but I have to tell it like it is. The film market is a continually-shrinking one.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:35 AM

I was excited all they way down until Karl's post...man that guy's a bigger buzzkill than Buzz Killington. I say let us dream.

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#12 Paul Korver

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:38 AM

Hate to be a buzz-kill, but I have to tell it like it is. The film market is a continually-shrinking one.


Karl - I have a website for you... www.reduser.net. Oh... and look... there's even an HD Video forum on this Cinematography.com. Maybe go there and champion the brave new world of 8-bit 4:1:0 DSLR mastering rather than coming on a film forum and discouraging innovation in film. You are right to say that film is shrinking but that doesn't mean that there aren't passionate filmmakers out there that are fighting for it (and passionate post houses that continue to innovate to support it).

Moises... You rock. I'd love to see this camera developed. I'd love to transfer the footage from it to 2K on our Spirit.

Viva Celluloid! Viva Moises!

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#13 Kent Kumpula

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:01 PM

There is absolutely no market to make a new camera super8 camera "with HD quality". What are the reasons to shoot with 8mm film, instead of 16mm film? Anyone?
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#14 Nicholas Rapak

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:44 PM

two hundred feet isn't enough?


200 feet is fine, but until someone decides to re-introduce 200' Super 8 cartridges, DS8 is pretty much the only option that we have. I mean, there are 8mm wide bulk rolls from Wittner, but I feel that jitter and stability will be a bigger problem with narrower film.
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#15 Oliver Christoph Kochs

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:33 PM

Oh my God. Arri (or any other manufacturer) might manufacture a cam like this when they sell 500+ pieces for a price that is way above 5000 US dollars. Would you pay that much money to finally end up with an image that pretty much compares with DV in frame size and resolution (except maybe color space)? Also it has to be a DS-8 to make sense especially when you want it to be widescreen and there isn't even negative stock available in DS-8, only the pro8mm cardridges and if ever a camera like this is manufactured it hopefully does not use cartridges.

Sorry, i am a bit on Karl's side here. I was hoping for a 16mm Techniscope camera for years but it never came. Neither will a true widescreen Super 8 "HD" sadly ever hit the market in 2015.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:05 PM

What are the reasons to shoot with 8mm film, instead of 16mm film?


OK, I will answer my own question. Lets see if anyone disagrees with the following:

There are two main reasons why anyone is shooting with super8 instead of 16mm, and those are...
1- It will cost less. The cameras are practically free and stock and telecine are a bit cheaper too.
2- To achieve the look of "old footage". To get a bit dirty/grainy and perhaps faded old footage, with tweaked colors to "look like old film".


A new camera would cost so much money it would be no cheaper than 16mm. That is if the manufacturer doesen´t want to loose tons of money. Good luck on finding someone who wants to loose money on designing a new super8 camera.

A new camera tweaked "for HD quality" still means a bit more grain than 16mm. With the addition of less image stability and more sensitivity to dust (dust particles look larger on 8mm film because you are looking at a smaller film area). If you want top-of-the-line quality, and you are prepared to pay thousands of dollars for a new camera... there is no reason to stick with 8mm film anymore. Go for 16mm.

8mm film is for lowbudget/nobudget productions that want to shoot on film.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:27 PM

OK, I will answer my own question. Lets see if anyone disagrees with the following:

There are two main reasons why anyone is shooting with super8 instead of 16mm, and those are...
1- It will cost less. The cameras are practically free and stock and telecine are a bit cheaper too.
2- To achieve the look of "old footage". To get a bit dirty/grainy and perhaps faded old footage, with tweaked colors to "look like old film".


A new camera would cost so much money it would be no cheaper than 16mm. That is if the manufacturer doesen´t want to loose tons of money. Good luck on finding someone who wants to loose money on designing a new super8 camera.

A new camera tweaked "for HD quality" still means a bit more grain than 16mm. With the addition of less image stability and more sensitivity to dust (dust particles look larger on 8mm film because you are looking at a smaller film area). If you want top-of-the-line quality, and you are prepared to pay thousands of dollars for a new camera... there is no reason to stick with 8mm film anymore. Go for 16mm.

8mm film is for lowbudget/nobudget productions that want to shoot on film.


Sounds like you got it. If any innovations need to be made, it should be in the 16mm market. People are already willing to invest a lot of money into 16mm productions (at least more than Super8) and they have been able to come out with some amazingly high-resolution 16mm stock.
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#18 Robert Costello

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 03:04 PM

The only way new super8 will work is like this:

camera=$50
projector=$50
cartridge=$5
processing=$5
transfer to dvd=$8

Design it, Have it built in China, sell it along with a processing service..
and you can get it all at urban outfitters/online/the struggling camera store in the mall or
some other pseudo trendy place ...

and when reintroduced to it, people will shoot with it for novely and fun, the same
way they use lomo and other plastic cameras..poloroids, etc..

One of the main reason that film is dying off is that for the amateur/semi-professional
the cost is almost way too much...and the steps needed are too crazy/back alley/dealing with snobs..

I think if people really want film to be something that people are willing to use
the overall cost and procedure needs to be looked at totally different ...
maybe a no brainer machine that develops and transfers the cartridge to a dvd..
A new projector that works.
the camera itself is not a very complicated machine...my favorite super 8 camera I have,
the brand on it says "K-Mart"..

You dont think people want to play with super8? or make a movie of their baby or cat or walk
around a party with a super 8 camera?? I dunno.. you see it in all sorts of silly commercials marketing
to the 'hip' person..why is that??






If someone really wants to shoot good quality super 8 I can imagine that they
would rent a really good/well maintained expensive camera for that purpose..

or maybe modifying an existing camera...a much better opportunity lies in a camera
for everyday use and fun.
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:32 PM

I am afraid I agree with the nay-sayers too.
It would make no sense to build a camear with such a small market when there are such cameras already in 16mm and 35mm. The difference in cost in using a camera such as this and shooting on super 8 compared to using 16 or 35 is really just the difference in stock cost, with processing and transfer costing about the same in all formats. I honestly feel that this proposal radically misses what point there is in shooting super 8.

I'd really like to see a new super 8 camera. I feel that the difficulty of finding working super 8 cameras is the biggest threat to the continuation of the gauge. But to have an effect on the survival of the format it would need to be a camera that can be priced so that it sells in a meaningful quantity. My customres need new cameras and I loose customers becaue they try and fail to find working cameras and it all gets to be too much of a hassel to shoot super 8.

Keeping the price of the camera down is the imperative in my opinion. When the super 8 camera was state of the art, then it was possible for huge factories and corporate/industrial might to produce feature laden cameras to a price - just as it is now with digital cameras. But the world turns and even re-producing one of the late model cameras with all its design and r & d aspects taken care of would be way too expensive to sell.

Yes, we need a new camera. A camera that had a chance to succeed and help save the format from camera-less oblivion, however, would need to be as stripped as possible. Here are my thoughts on that:

Sell it without a lens -
just a lens mount. Use C or Cs mount so that cheap lenses made in bulk for the security industry can fit.

No automatic light meter -
even though this is HIGHLY desirable for super 8 - indeed it is part of the essence of the 'why shoot super 8' answer. Drop auto because it requires either a fixed lens with tiny fly-weight leaves acting as the 'iris' (which is the classic super 8 approach) or motors coupling to the iris of a detachable lens which would require a dedicated lens system.

Matching needle exposure system
quick to use and easier to manufacture than automatic exposure

Manual asa setting control -
drop the whole notch reading complication.

One motor speed -
by far the majority of requirements are for normal shooting and extra speeds means extra expense and less viability of the project.

Easily adjustable torque motor for cartridge core rotation.

Could also drop reflex viewfinder and go with some kind of paralax finder.

aa bateries for power.

big transport indicator somewhere.

rudimentary footage counter.

plastic box

Forget about low noise operation, forget about crystal speeds, forget about ground glass, forget about single frame, forget about anything other than the cartridge system, forget about frame counters, forget about sexy design (square box would do) ... just so long as the bloody thing works and is affordable.

This camera would save the gauge from camera-death death.

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#20 Moises Perez

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:04 PM

Hi,
I’ve been reading your responses and I’m very glad with your comments, I thank you all. You all have valid reasons to comment your concerns. I do believe that this is just a dream and it could never take off. However, I think there are many good reasons why we keep using super 8 film, everyone has his own. I’ve been using this format for a long time, and I’ve tried a lot of different cameras. I own a few from different brands. Although I have my favorite models, most of the time I wish there was a better one on the market. I’ve been shooting a lot with my trusty canon 1014E, but still I wish I had a professional option. Here is a picture of one of my cameras and please keep posting your comments. I need to know whether there is a market for it.
Thanks,
moy

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