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Winbert Hutahaean
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 - posted February 12, 2018 05:55 PM      Profile for Winbert Hutahaean   Email Winbert Hutahaean   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi all,

This is a provocative question, but I would like to know the answer, especially for those collecting both format:

Which one is you choice, a film on 8mm with excellent color or 16mm but has faded color. The price of both format is accidentally the same.

ps: For the question above, imagine that both formats are the same title, same sharpness and no scratch. Only fading is the matter.

(I will also post the same question in 16mm section in case the 16mm collectors don't visit this section)


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Alan Rik
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8mm with excellent color. I cannot watch faded prints. I would rather watch it on my old 13 inch tv than watch a faded print.

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Greg Perry
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 - posted February 12, 2018 06:29 PM      Profile for Greg Perry   Email Greg Perry   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Same here--8mm with great color...Specific film format isn't a big issue for me--great color and without wear/scratches etc is much more important.

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Dominique De Bast
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If you have a good projector, the 8 mm version with good colours for me as well.


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Tom Photiou
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Agree with all of the above, Alan, you put it well there, if i was told my films on both gauges were all going to fade in the next 5 years with no execption of stock i would switch 100% to blu ray tomorrow. [Wink]

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Evan Samaras
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In agreement with the above statements!

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Oliver F. R. Feld
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Janice Glesser
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I don't like faded films in any gauge. If I can get a feature title of a film I'm looking for one that is not faded...I don't care what format it is.

[ February 13, 2018, 09:29 PM: Message edited by: Janice Glesser ]


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Bill Brandenstein
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This is a difficult question when the quality of 8mm prints varies greatly. The title in question also makes a difference!

Well, with me there's no hesitation to purchase in Super 8, although I avoid Standard 8 because of the loss of brightness. So put me down for S8 with good color over faded 16mm. Usually.

Can't think of a time where, in actuality, I've been faced with this dilemma.

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Adrian Winchester
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I'd certainly go for the Super 8 print. I'm convinced that your expectations regarding sharpness/fine detail are influenced by whatever gauge you are watching, so for this reason I'd certainly find the S8 print more pleasing to the eye, because the good colour would be a major plus, and I wouldn't worry too much about the reduction in sharpness and detail.

Adrian Winchester

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