I've been thinking about getting a super 8mm camera and really that's the easy part. Next part is the film itself the camera i'm looking at is a Elmo 6000 AF so without knowing much about these camera's and film I'm guessing this is the important part:
film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA only (daylight/tungsten)
Would this be the correct film?
Kodak Vision3 Super 8mm / 50ft Color Negative 200T/7213
Also there are a couple of You Tube videos. There are of course a lot of cameras on eBay but that can be hit or miss (my luck was not so good but that is not the norm). I went another route for my camera, if you have questions email me. - Clay
posted July 22, 2014 07:32 AM
I shoot both Super 8 and Double 8 fairly regularly and I do the processing myself so feel free to ask if you have specific queries. But this might help you for starters:
A Super 8 cartridge has a series of notches cut into it to determine the film speed (ISO) setting, among other things. These notches are read by the camera. One of the key points of the S8 system was that such parameters were made automatic (much like the Instamatic roll film system of the same period). I don't know of any S8 cameras which have manual film ISO override controls built in.
Super 8 film is still available from specialist photo suppliers and has become very pricey in recent years. K40 was discontinued in 2006 and there is now no Kodak col reversal stock (although there are other colour reversals eg those sold by Wittner which I think might be repackaged Fuji, would need to check). The Vision stock you mention is col neg by the way. There is also of course still Tri-X BW reversal.
Double 8 film can just about still be found: it is made by Foma in BW reversal only and it is also possible to buy reperfed 16mm film from private suppliers.
From: Aldershot, Hampshire, UK
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posted July 22, 2014 07:51 AM
There is more choice of film types and suppliers in Super 8 than Standard 8 as Phil says. I would recommend one of the better Canons or earlier Elmos that recognise the correct film speeds. Look on Super8data or Super8wiki websites to check on particular models.