Dom and Will,
Thanks for your comments. You are right, my D mount video does not have the flicker, grain and gate effects of 8mm film. If I can find some plug in effects for I Movie I might try adding them sometimes. Most of the time I am just shooting home movies to record a place or an event. I shot a lot of 8mm film between 1989 and 2005 and still have much of it on hand to view.
I read on the Super 8 forum of an estimate of about $60 for film,processing, and scan in the U.S. for each 2 1/2 minutes of 8mm film. I don't see how anyone can justify that unless they need the 8mm look for commercial purposes. I guess there is a market for it if one can sell a new Logmar camera for $6,000.
I do believe the Q/D mount footage does have a kind of retro look. On the Q i can also choose simulations for Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome(B&W), and Cross Processing. The parameters on these can be adjusted also.
I like being able to shoot a long take up to 25 minutes long. This allows me to set up and shoot an event like a parade on a tripod while visiting with the family. I know that really long shots can be kind of cinematically boring, but these are just home movies. I like the interval shooting setting for making time lapse. You can use either manual or automatic exposure or kind of a combination of the two by using the iris on the lenses. On can also shoot still pictures with their D mount lenses. There are Flickr groups where you can view these stills. If you wonder where all the D mount lenses are going and why their prices are rising, I think the Pentax Q to D mount adapters are the reason. Adapters are available for the Q for almost every 35mm SLR lens also. Some folks use huge telephot lenses with this tiny camera. Check out the Pentax forum for examples of this.
I love to be able to view my shots immediately and edit them in I Movie the same day. I used to believe in the superiority of film over video. I still do, but HD video is a lot better these days.
The D mount lenses are why I came to prefer Regular 8 to Super 8. The only movie film cameras I am keeping are my Bolex D8L, P1, and my favorite camera the Carena Zoomex S with the reflex Angenieux 6.5-52mm zoom. The Carena winds by twisting the grip. I may get the urge to burn some Regular 8 film on some rare occasion. No telling how long it will remain available.
I can't explain why I love my D mount lenses so much. I think they are little jewels, an example of bygone workmanship and precision. They will outlast my Q. I need to get more Q's to be assured of using them for the rest of my days. Besides the Q, I know of no other camera that can use them. I just got really tired of switching 8mm film rolls around to shoot the other side.
I think an 8mm film user might use the Q/D mount combination to experiment with in advance of burning up film.
Here is a picture of the H8's I am donating to the film school. I am also giving them a bunch of other R8 and S8 cameras.
Untitled by vonfilm, on Flickr