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Where can I find a working Nikon Super 8 camera?!


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#1 Mark Sperry

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:30 PM

I'm tired of "Flea Bay" and Super8arena seems to be perpetually out of them. KEH sold me a broken R8 (which I was able to return), and a local craigslist seller also TRIED to sell me a broken camera. But I really want a used Nikon R 8 or 10. Either one I don't care! I'm buying for the great exposure meter and build quality. A perfect "Camera A" to my Nizo 481 Macro's "Camera B."

Does anybody know of a seller who has one of these? I almost broke down and bought a Canon 814 Electronic but after reading a bad review of Super 8 Camera Shop I changed my mind...

Or am I just crazy and I should use my great Nizo? I just picked up a Gossen Digisky which has a great cine meter mode, with incident and reflected sensors. It has the ability to set the shutter angle which is cool. I want to be able to use the newer high speed emulsions... I do weddings so speed is important and taking meter readings can be a pain...where as my Nizo's internal meter with 100D is always spot on...

What to do, what to do?!

Edited by Mark Sperry, 24 August 2011 - 10:31 PM.

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#2 Friedemann Wachsmuth

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 05:23 PM

Try to get a R10 as long as you have a working one :)
Also look internationally on ebay. Oh, and if you have a (partially) broken one, Retro-8 in Tokyo still services them and has spare parts. Servicing a 40 year old camera is a good idea anyway.
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#3 David M Smith

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:29 PM

Sometimes the aperture and indicator needles get sticky on old Nikon Super 8's due to dust and age. I've got a Canon Auto Zoom 814 that is more solid and substantial than my Nikon Zoom 8. Does it have to be Nikon?
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#4 Mark Sperry

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:55 AM

Ah some replies! Actually I found one from Super8arena and I LOVE it. It's got a couple quirks but otherwise it's a solid machine. I shot a wedding with it last weekend and was finally able to shoot 500T with exposure compensation. The whole thing that attracted me to the Nikons was the high ISO range. I find it ridiculous that most old S8 cams can't be set manually in regards to ISO...the R8 comes close with it's high range and compensation dial.
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#5 David M Smith

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:03 AM

Usually I've only shot Super 8 in more controlled environments where there was time to meter and make camera adjustments (unlike most weddings I've been to) so I've never had to rely on the camera's auto exposure. I loved the Nikon's split focusing screen much much better than the Canon's prism matrix thing. It was interesting to me how both the Nikon Zoom 8 and the Canon 814 were from about 1968 or so, but the Nikon has this 40's look and the Canon looks modern to this day. Man, I loved Super 8 but it got to the point where it wasn't much cheaper than shooting 16 on an old Bolex or B&H, and 16 didn't have nearly as many roadblocks as Super 8 had.

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#6 Matt Stevens

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:14 PM

I hate the fact that I was forced to sell my perfect Nikon T10 in order to finish my short film. It just HURTS.

All of the R10's and R8's on eBay are busted in one way or another. And I do mean the ones on eBay right now. I have asked the sellers, most of whom try very hard to hide the fact that either the motor doesn't run or the electronic zoom is broken or the light meter is not functioning. :angry:

Likely temp solution for me is to buy a Canon 310XL until I can find another R10 or something similar that is not as expensive, but still can read 500t stock.
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#7 David M Smith

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:32 PM

I've got an old Norwood lightmeter and it only goes up to 1000 ASA, although it goes down to 0.1 .

Did they even make 500 ASA super 8 film in the 70's?
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#8 Will Montgomery

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:35 AM

Did they even make 500 ASA super 8 film in the 70's?

Not in Super 8.
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#9 John Holland

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:08 PM

I dont think there was any 500asa stock in any format in the 70's thats why i always had to push 16mm Ektachrome !
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