Just bought a NIkon R8 in "BGN" Condition from KEH
Posted 28 July 2011 - 10:03 AM
I'm also debating whether I want to sell my Nizo 481 Macro. I got the R8 for $235, which I think is a pretty good price.
Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:08 AM
Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:21 AM
It isn't easy to find a replacement battery door, but a crack in the plastic won't affect the operation. When I got my R8, I had to cut a new coin hole in with a Dremel tool in order to get the compartment open, as the batteries corroded so much that it softened the plastic.
Well that's good news! Hopefully the rest of the camera checks out. I'm thrilled I didn't have to spend more.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:59 AM
The NIZO S-481 is a great camera, and somewhat more compact and lighter than the NIKON R8. Also, it is only one of a few Super 8mm cameras that offers not only Time Lapse (2fps to 1 frame per minute), BUT also offers LONG Time Exposures automatically per frame from 1/10th second down to 1 minute! This can be amazing to use, as I have shot under a full bright moon using KODACHROME and gotten great results in the past.
Actually, I think all Super 8 filmmakers/shooters/artists should consider having several cameras:
. main production camera (like your NIKON R8 or similar)
. one for unique tasks (such as what the NIZO can do)
. a small compact travel camera (could be as simple as the CHINON Pocket-8, Chinon 132P XL/133P XL, ELMO 310 XL, ELMO 103T, SANKYO EM-30XL/EM40XL or similar ones. Some are more limited these days due to ISO speeds, but concessions can be made on some cameras if needed.
. a beater camera...one that won't be a big loss if it gets damaged or totalled for those unique shots such as duct-taped to the side of a car for chase scenes or to a motorcycle or bicycle or skatboard, or for those falling off a building shots etc.
. a camera for complex tasks such as double exposures, titling, film duplication, lens interchangability for super long telephoto or ultra wide angle shots or for microscope or telescope filming. Depending on your needs or desires, it could easily take 2 different type cameras for these purposes.
ADDENUM: ALSO...the compact zoom lens size on the NIZO S-481 allows for easy use of accessory addon lenses: fisheye adapter (or make your own via expoxing a door viewer to a lens cap drilled out to fit, telephoto addon lenses made for many video cameras....really extend the super telephoto effect here without using a lens-interchangable camera, ease of using Matt Boxes, Filter Adapters, and of course for WIDESCREEN filming...it's the perfect size for Anamorphic lens use (since many of the various 1.5x adn especially 2x lenses mate well to this camrea).
I'll end this here, as I'm drifting off topic already, sorry.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 10:04 PM
I'm extremely disappointed with KEH. Their BGN condition is not supposed to be BROKEN. I either have to send it back for my money back or find a repair place in NYC. I'm not sure what to do though. Just from handling it I can see that it's pretty awesome, at least the parts that work are.
UGH!!! They are going to hear from me tomorrow, and I feel sorry for that customer service rep.