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#1 Doug Gorius

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:15 PM

Bored of video, I'm looking into shooting on film for the first time. I've acquired an old Bell & Howell 240 in nice shape and some rolls of Kodak Plus-X Reversal 16mm B/W film 7276, but I'm not sure what to do since I've never used one of these cameras or any of this film before. Could you help me? Thanx!
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:57 PM

You'll need an exposure meter, an incident meter is the best general purpose one, but I'd try getting a used analogue one.

Make sure the camera is clean, especially the gate. Check you've got a take up spool.

The other thing to consider is viewing the film either by transferring the film to video or with a projector.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:32 PM

the film stock is a lovely one but rather old. I would do a clip test to determine it's condition.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:51 PM

Ok, if I'm about to load the camera and start shooting, could you give me a really detailed walk-thru of what should/shouldn't be done? And what do I do with the undeveloped film when I'm finished?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:34 PM

I believe you can download the camera manual here. http://www.cineinfor...40-user-manual/

Here's a thread on shooting 16mm for the first time. http://www.cinematog...showtopic=40806

You have to find a lab to process your film. You can google for film labs in your part of the world, or for labs that process B&W reversal. Or you could try DIY http://www.super8cam.../processing.php
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