posted January 04, 2011 04:53 PM
I think I have found the right place. I have 2 large boxes of 8mm film that my grandfather took. He worked and retired from Eastman Kodak back in the 70's so yu can imagine how much film I have. My wife went and found an old brownie so I could view the films and now after doing that I want to save these and transfer to my computer.
I realize I need a projector with a variable speed (rheostat) and have been looking on ebay however the descriptions and pictures don't give me enough information and I have seen a lot of junk out there. I am by no means experienced in doing this but, i believe with the right equipment I think I can do a good job for the family.
Can any of you suggest a few models to watch for that will suit my needs? It will help me to narrow down what I am looking for. I will also check the sale section here. Thank you in advance for any advice.
posted January 04, 2011 05:13 PM
Hi Tom and welcome! You viewed the films on a KODAK BROWNIE, so I assume they are regular 8mm and silent, not super 8, right? That will narrow down the type of projector you'll need. Although I personally haven't had the pleasure of owning one; many members recommend the EUMIG dual gauge 8mm projectors for transfer work. Good luck!
posted January 04, 2011 05:20 PM
Yes Joe they are standard 8mm silent. I should have mentioned that. I actually recorded a little bit with the Brownie just to see the flicker difference in the digital recording and it would be intolerable to watch it. The bulb went out on it a little later so instead of buying a bulb for the Brownie, I am now looking to purchase a projector to get a good transfer. I also have reels that are too big to put on that projector so I have not viewed them yet.
From: Highland Mills, NY USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted January 05, 2011 11:13 PM
I have the K-109. I've had it since the early 70s and I just love it. It has a daylight viewer on the front and a variable speed adjustment. I don't think it uses a belt, but rather a chain because I don't see any way to take it apart to replace a belt. It also uses a sprocket drive and not the crummy (push)system that most dual-8 projectors like the GAFs used (which always ate my precious goodies). O'h how I hated my GAF dual unit. I was so happy when I sold it several years back.