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#1 KristinH

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:21 AM

I recently bought 3 cameras and know nothing about them! I'm more of a photographer than a cinematographer. So any help would be great. I haven't been able to test them out just yet to make sure they work, but if they do I will be using them for both indoors and outdoors.
I really need to know:
-what kind of film I should get for them (and any links to where I could get it would be appreciated)
-what specifically should I look out for with them
-which one is better
- any other info I might be missing and should know

Keystone XL 100 Camera
Bell & Howell 1230 XL
Bell & Howell Soundstar Filmosonic XL


Thanks so much!
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#2 Zac Fettig

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

If it was me, I'd start with the 1230 XL. Fairly simple. Decent lens. No special batteries.

http://www.super8dat...stone_xl100.htm
http://super8wiki.co...0_XL_Filmosonic
Manual:
http://www.mondofoto...-filmosonic-xl/
http://www.super8dat...bell_1225xl.htm

You can get film at B&H. I'd recommend you start with Tri-X. It's cheap. If you dig up a projector, you can project it. Kodak just killed Ektachrome, so it's your only cheap reversal stock. Spectra does stock Velvia though.

http://www.bhphotovi...ri_X_Super.html

I prefer getting it developed at Cinelab
http://www.cinelab.com/

It's very convenient for me. And it's a fantastic lab.

If you shoot color, don't use the built in filters if you can. Get a screw in color correcting filter for the film. If you shoot black and white, B&W filter rules apply.

Oh, forget about sound in camera. Kodak stopped making Super 8 sound film years ago. Your cameras have sound gear, but you can't use it. It will all be silent.

Edited by Zac Fettig, 27 December 2012 - 08:43 AM.

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#3 KristinH

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
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