I just wanted to introduce myself as an 8mm newbie member here since I'm just starting to get into this format. I have been bitten hard by the 16mm projecting bug and have been acquiring film and equipment for my outdoor movies I put on in the summer as well as portable exhibitions I do throughout the year. My main interest are in maritime films (sailing, boating - pleasure and commercial) with the goal of creating a maritime film festival here in the Pacific NW. Just a few weeks ago we screened for the second year an outdoor movie here in Seattle at the Center for Wooden Boats. The feature this year was "Captain Tugboat Annie" along with a couple of maritime shorts. Last year we showed "Tugboat Annie" with the orginal tug from the movie in the background. How cool is that? Now I've branched off to include 8mm and Super8. I recently picked up a very nice Bolex M8 standard porjector and H8 camera since I'm interested in doing some filming as well. Now the quest is on for a Super8 projector with enough umph to lit up a big screen. So here are a couple of questions that I'm hoping you all can help me answer:
I've been trying to narrow down what projectors are out there that would work well. There is an Elmo ST-1200M avaialble on eBay, but I don't know anything about Super8 projectors. Apparently you can record audio with it, but how does that work?
I should also add that in addition to the Bolex H8, I also picked up a Super8 Leicina Special so if I could shoot and then record some audio with it that would be cool.
Are there other projectors with at least a 150 watt bulb available that I should consider? Would the Elmo ST1200 be a good machine? Does anyone know what the lumen output are for various projectors?
posted July 31, 2006 10:04 AM
Hello Philip, and welcome to the forum. Considering that there isn't that much choice of 150w+ machines, you can't go wrong with an Elmo ST1200. Try to go for the dual-track version (ST1200HD) which will play stereo sound films (even with a mono output). Then, it all depends on your budget. A good working GS1200 (with 200w power) will cost around $1500, even more if you go for an HTI or Xenon machine.
From: New York, NY, USA
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posted July 31, 2006 10:23 AM
Welcome to the Forum and welcome to the world of 8mm! Glad to see you've taken an interest in this great little format. I took a quick look on eBay and I'm assuming the ST-1200 you're interested in is the two track model that I came across. As Jean-Marc said, the ST is a fine machine that has what you seem to need in a projector. Unlike 16mm's optical track, Super 8mm sound film (normally) has both a main and balance magnetic stripe along the edges that you can record on. The ST-1200 2-track has recording capabilities for both tracks. If you use this site's search function at the top right, you'll find a vast archive of material relating to both the projector and various recording techniques. If you have any questions about either cameras or projectors you are absolutely in the right place since we have so many knowledgeable and helpful types here.
Best of luck!
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posted July 31, 2006 01:44 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum, another newby, brill. You wont go far wrong with the Elmo 1200HD, it has the 150w bulb with a low and full setting to maximise the bulbs life.
posted July 31, 2006 11:17 PM
Or how about a Sankyo Stereo-800... also has a 150W bulb and can record/playback stereo sound... mine's still on eBay.... *hint*
While I'm at it, some other projectors I know that have a 150W lamp (and nice lenses to make the most out of the available light) are Bauer's T50, T60, T5xx and T6xx machines, the aforementioned Sankyo, and I think the Chinon SS-1200 a.k.a. Revue Lux sound 80 (if I recall correctly). Oh, and the Beaulieu 708.
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posted May 08, 2007 12:25 AM
i came across this 1 yr old article. and it stuck me to see that i can actually record sound onto a already processed super 8 mm film through various projectors. wow. i didn't know that at all. as you can see. im really unfamiliar with this format. especially when i see you guys talking about the different types of print that 8mm movies/cartoons are on. LP ect. can anyone give me a little introduction on film prints? think it might help me in choosing prints on ebay.
From: Pine Beach, NJ,USA
Registered: Apr 2007
posted May 08, 2007 04:56 PM
Welcome Philip. You'll find a great bunch of people here with mounds of information. I am in awe of their expertise and downright friendliness. Have fun with your new format.