I recently got into super 8. I joined a local film co-op and rented a Canon 814XLS for all the shooting I've done so far.
I really like that Canon, but it I have to pay a large deposit each time I use it also has a slight issue where the diopter doesn't lock in place so it can lead to fuzzy focus if I'm not careful.
In the meantime I happened upon a lot of five cameras for very cheap. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or experiences with these models?
I'd like to shoot a Tri-X test cartridge, does anyone know of any guidelines for shooting the most effective test? (I was planning on shooting a test card at a few different distances under both bright and dim light; and maybe a bit of my cat walking around for some motion).
So here are the cameras:
1) Canon Auto Zoom 814
This one is very good shape. No battery corrosion. It runs well and the light meter looks to work with zinc air cells with a little kludge adapter I made. The potential issue I noticed was some foam rot under the film cart door hinge (I wonder if is this foam essential for light-tightness?) http://super8wiki.co...n_Auto_Zoom_814
Am I correct in thinking that this camera will light-meter any kind of film?
2) Agfa Movexoom 10 Sound MOS
This one isn't currently working properly. It had severe battery corrosion in the AA chamber. Since cleaning it, the camera turns on and the zoom works, but the film trigger is still non-responsive. I might try completely disassembling it (I luckily found the oddball 'snakeyes' screwdriver needed).
3) Sankyo LXL-225
This one appears to be new in box. It seems a bit flimsy but the manual claims good low light performance.
4) Nizo S80
This also seems to work well (albeit very noisily at 54fps). The battery spring was tight enough that I could use 675 zinc air cells without an adapter. I'm intrigued by the half shutter setting (manual claims it prevents the need for an ND filter). I wonder if this would give very sharp images in bright sunlight? It seems to be a not-so-hot choice for low light, would you all agree?
5) Bentley BX720. I read that this one is 'the worst super 8 camera ever'. It does seem to run OK though.
In addition, there was a Eumig Mark M Super 8 projector which works very well (but it's a bit tricky to load without crumpling film); a Goko Dual 8 (works but is really loud when winding, is that normal?) plus a Bolex B8vs 8mm camera (needs oiling; not sure where I could developed film slit); and a working Gossen Lunasix 3 light meter.
I'd really appreciate anyone's thoughts and opinions on any of these pieces (reliability, image quality, flexibility in accepting film cart types, etc.). Thanks in advance.