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James LeBaigue
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From: London, UK
Registered: Feb 2019

 - posted February 04, 2019 06:30 AM      Profile for James LeBaigue   Email James LeBaigue   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello, beginner here wondering if anyone could offer some advice on shooting on my Super 8 GAF 65 Auto Zoom indoors... [Confused]

So this camera has a built in exposure metre, which is displayed by a red triangle in the corner of the viewfinder. When the light is good enough, this triangle recedes and when the triangle is up all the way then the conditions are not suitable for filming - at least according to its instruction booklet.

Naturally, this triangle is gone completely in the daylight, but is fully present in any sort of artificial lighting. Even with a LED 5600K lighting the scene, this still doesn't seem to be good enough. My problem is, what I need to film can't possibly be filmed outdoors but no indoor bulbs or light assistance is apparently sufficient for this.

My question is, can I risk just lighting it as best I can and giving it a go, or would the results definitely be unusable? I am not against upping the contrast digitally afterwards, but of course I don't want it underexposed to the point where that would simply be unworkable. I am using Kodak EKTACHROME 100D Color Reversal film, which I have never used before, so I don't know to what extent I should account for that as well. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! [Razz]

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Lee Mannering
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From: The Projection Box
Registered: Nov 2006

 - posted February 04, 2019 06:58 AM      Profile for Lee Mannering     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi and welcome.

Indoors I use Ektachrome 64T with floodlights to get the correct colour balance. 100D is Daylight stock so you will need pretty good daylight coming in the windows to use it well indoors.

I have shot 100D with floodlights and a suitable filter on the lens to get correct colour temperature but you will need good lighting as the 80A filter is a deep blue so needs light.

We use a few fan cooled barn door lights easily bounced around a white ceiling giving a soft lighting effect. If you don't already have lighting to hand you can find flood lights on ebay and have known film makers use a couple of Halogen workshop lights before now which come with a tripod.

Wickes do them Order No 167549

Ebay Item No: 303048579173 Similar to the ones I use.

Do remember your camera as my local cine shop in oh 1973 had them on display they were a big Gaf equipment stockist along with beloved Eumig. Seem to remember it was Ansco who made the Gaf cine cameras and for others as well, might be wrong on that tho.

Good luck.

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