I recently renovated a super 8 projector that I got off a friend that had a faulty lamp connector and needed the belts replaced. I just got a couple of reels of B/W Tri-x film back from the lab that I ran through it yesterday.
Last year I was only shooting Vision 3 stock that I had digitally transferred, so this is my first time projecting new footage in about 7 years.
The image looks good and the projector works well, but I noticed the lamp has quite an orange tint. I don't think this would be very noticeable had I been projecting colour film, but with it being black and white the projected image looks pretty yellow. Like, I said, it's been a long time since I last projected Tri-x but I doubt it's the film itself as I don't remember it looking this yellow the last time. The last time I rented a more high-end projector off a guy who sells super 8 equipment. My projector is a modest Sankyo P-1600. However, I read somewhere that projector bulbs can sometimes give off an orange tinge when they reach the end of their life span. This was referring to digital projectors, but could it be the same with a Super 8 projector bulb? Would it make a difference if I changed the bulb or is it just the type of projector that will have this kind of tinge due to it being less strong than some of the high-end projectors?
Am I wasting my time by replacing the bulb or is it worth trying? What are your experiences with projecting b/w film och bulb colour temperature? I don't mind this for just looking through reels, but if I were to showcase footage to other people I'd prefer if it wasn't yellow tinged since the film itself isn't.
I'm attaching a quick snap I took with my phone.