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Canon 514XL-S and Canon 814XL Electronic. Which is best?

Canon 814XL Electronic. Canon 514XL-S

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#1 Andreas Zabel

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 02:35 PM

I have just purchased to cameras:

 

Canon 514XL-S (Canosound)

Canon 814XL Electronic

 

Which one is best, and why?

 

I want to know before I shoot my passion project.

 

I am using these films:

 

Kodak Vision 3 - 50D

Kodak Vision 3 - 200T

Kodak Tri-X Reversal

 

Thanks

 


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#2 Nick Collingwood

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 03:11 PM

I'd say the 814XL. I have one myself. I also have a 514XL (not XL-S) and love it but the 514XL-S doesn't allow for manual metering. Only exposure lock. Also the 814XL has a manual exposure, a wider and longer lens, slow motion which is nice and two different shutter angles (150º and 220º) which is EXTREMELY useful for varied lighting conditions. Also just a bit more robust in my opinion.

 

Both are solid in the end though. And both will meter all those films correctly although if you DO use 500T, only the 814XL will meter it completely correctly although not a huge issue with Vision3 film.

 

I shot the second half of the below video (the sledding day) with my 814XL and 4k scans by Pro8mm with Vision3 200T.

 


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 04:01 PM

Thank you for you're reply.

 

That footage was great! Beautiful colors!

I am looking forward to try this myself.

 

Do you remember the settings on the camera?

Did you underexpose?

Did you use 220º or 150º?

 

Thanks.


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 04:30 PM

Thanks! Settings were pretty standard. The shutter was at 150º. Autoexposure which exposes 1/3 stop over (as with all Super 8 cameras). 18fps. Color corrected myself using the Lumetri tools in Premiere.


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 04:41 PM

Thanks! Settings were pretty standard. The shutter was at 150º. Autoexposure which exposes 1/3 stop over (as with all Super 8 cameras). 18fps. Color corrected myself using the Lumetri tools in Premiere.

 

 

Thanks for you're reply.

 

Very helpful to me. I am an absolute beginner in Super 8. 


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