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Nicholas Katrinic
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From: New Port Richey, FL, USA
Registered: Jul 2019

 - posted July 17, 2019 10:49 PM      Profile for Nicholas Katrinic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I was wondering which is most popular in the 2010 decade. Super 8 cameras or 16mm cameras. When i saw that most 8mm crank cameras worked by mechanics only and not any type of battery,, thats when i got very interested in this hobby. So i got the Argus cinemax 85E crank camera ,,Revere 88 crank camera,, and soon the Mansfield cinemax 8EE crank camera..I also bought the Revere 80 8mm film projector which works really well........ I see how very popular the Bolex H8 and H16 cameras are . And now Im wondering which one should i get if i were to get one of these,, because they are VERY expensive.

Nicholas Katrinic

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Evan Samaras
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From: Queens, NY, USA
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 - posted July 18, 2019 10:52 AM      Profile for Evan Samaras   Author's Homepage   Email Evan Samaras   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Nicholas,

I think that answer depends on their purpose. For TV or Film 16mm is definitely more popular than S8. When it comes to creating home films, I would say S8. At least this is how I use them. A lot might also depend on their size. 16mm tends to be larger than S8 and not always very practical, with some great exceptions of course! Also, the cost of film stock and development (and possible scanning) also weigh in!

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Steve Klare
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 - posted July 18, 2019 11:35 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I really enjoy shooting Super-8, and I've been doing it on and off for about 40 years now. Still the same, as handy as the cartridge system is the steadiness of the film in the gate is not helped by it. Even beyond the larger frame area, this is a leg up for 16mm.

Everything else being equal, I'd shoot 16mm. Then again if everything else was always equal I'd drive a Porsche!

(Don't worry: everything else isn't equal in either case!)

All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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