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Chris Batt
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From: Northern Ireland Co. Tyrone
Registered: Dec 2009

 - posted July 29, 2011 07:56 AM      Profile for Chris Batt   Email Chris Batt   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey guys n gals, I am looking into buying an 8mm Movie Camera to do some home movies etc, can anyone advise me what camera would be suitable to a novice. I collect Super 8mm movies but this would be a new venture for me. I'm looking at a Mansfield Holiday 8mm, which looks pretty basic.

Many thanks [Smile]

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Claus Harding
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 - posted July 29, 2011 12:33 PM      Profile for Claus Harding   Email Claus Harding   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Are you interested in a Super-8 or Standard-8 camera? (I'm guessing you want a Super-8 as you say you collect Super-8 films, so that would be the format of your projector.)

Standard-8 film is getting tougher to come by, whereas Super-8 is still readily available.


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Bryan Chernick
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 - posted July 29, 2011 03:28 PM      Profile for Bryan Chernick   Email Bryan Chernick   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I shoot both standard 8mm and super 8. I like to use super 8 when I'm doing "run and shoot" or time lapse. That's because it's easier with the automatic metering that most super 8 cameras have. Otherwise I prefer standard 8mm, mostly because I enjoy using the clockwork cameras and doing all the metering manually. If you are going to shoot standard 8mm I would recommend a Bolex camera that has the variable shutter. Most 8mm cameras were made for slow film like ASA 40 and you can run into problems in bright light. With the variable shutter you can close it by half and shoot with ASA 100 film in very bright light. Plus the Bolex cameras can be very reliable. My favorite of the Bolex pocket cameras with variable shutter is the P1 Zoom Reflex model. You may find one that has a working internal meter but if it doesn't work you can still use a hand held meter. Plus it has a great lens. If you do decide to go with a Bolex 8mm research it at Bolex Collector so that you can recognize which ones have the variable shutter before you buy one.

I don't know where you can get Standard 8mm film in Europe but there are sources. I get my film from International Film Brokers in California. You could e-mail John Schwind there and see if they ship international.

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Chris Batt
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From: Northern Ireland Co. Tyrone
Registered: Dec 2009

 - posted August 03, 2011 04:45 PM      Profile for Chris Batt   Email Chris Batt   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Many thanks for the replies and valued info, I jumped in and bought 2 Super 8 cameras, one is a Halina Super 8 and the other is a Boots 2200 Zoom SUPER 8 cine camera - F2.8 zoom lens, I know they are only basic, but it's easier for me to try out filming, I have looked at the Bolex and I own a Bolex Super 8 projector, so I know they are made to last, I will give the filming a go and then move onto a more expensive camera [Smile]

Cheers Guys [Smile]

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