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#1 Dylan Gonzalez

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:18 PM

I recently got my first reel of Super 8 footage telecined. It was shot on a Canon 514 XL-S using Ektachrome 100D Color Reversal.

 

I just shot a bunch of random stuff handheld, as I've never used this camera or Super 8 footage in general before. I just wanted to make sure the camera was operational and figure out what I need to work on.

 

I'm aware the footage is overexposed...and that's after being corrected. The 514 only has auto-exposure, so I believe I'm going to have to lock the camera at a lower exposure before I shoot outdoors.

 

It's also out of focus at times. Part of that is my own fault, as I was fiddling with the focus while shooting, but I'm definitely going to have to put a bit more work into keeping everything in focus.

 

The footage is here: https://www.youtube....?v=Sf4e7FmjCSY. I'm just wondering if anyone has any other advice or sees any other issues with it beyond exposure or focus.

 


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#2 Bill Rodgers

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:43 AM

That's really pretty good going for your first roll of test footage. It's just a matter of shooting more and getting used to your camera and film stock's limitations.


Your Canon 514XL-S will probably work just fine if you simply adjust and set the eyepiece correctly. You can then be sure to focus your close-ups with care.

 

I often lazily pop on a Canon C-8 43mm wide lens attachment on the front of my 514XL-S, as everything from about a 5ft to infinity is then in focus. :)


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#3 Will Montgomery

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:30 AM

It all depends on what style you're going for but consider a tripod. Super 8 footage is almost always handheld and that's what we expect to see so when you actually have steady tripod shots it makes for a pleasant change.

 

Where did you get it transferred? Seems a little flat even with the overexposure.

 

Focus is of course the hardest thing to master but you'll get better and better.


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#4 Joerg Polzfusz

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:37 AM

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Hi Bill,

 

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Thanks,

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