I've recently bought a Beaulieu 5008 S Multispeed and am very impressed with it. There doesn't seem to be a lot written about it anywhere, all the glory goes to the 4008. I owned a 4008 for a number of years and had it serviced by Bjorn, so I feel I definitely had the best possible experience with it, but the 5008 really seems to be a lot better:
- The handle is a decent size and thus comfortable to hold, unlike the stub on the 4008.
- Instead of the stupid, easy to lose tab on the 4008 for engaging the orange filter, the 5008 has a switch (like almost every other Super 8 camera).
- The shutter speed at 18 fps is 1/40, considerably more useful and less strobe-like than the 4008's 1/64.
- The frame rate speeds are on a click stop knob rather than the infinitely adjustable knob on the 4008. This is a plus or a minus depending on what you want, but I much prefer it.
- When the inevitable battery re-celling has to be done, you can fit ordinary AAA batteries into the sizeable battery holder.
- It's quieter, at least my model is.
- The shutter trigger button has a great big flappy trigger cover on it which makes it much easier to press and hold down.
Other than those points, it seems to be the equal of the 4008 in every way. Sure, the 4008 looks cooler, but you can't have it all!
Does anyone else have similar experiences?