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Jan Adolfsson
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Registered: Oct 2012

 - posted February 27, 2013 05:43 AM      Profile for Jan Adolfsson   Email Jan Adolfsson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Do anyone know if there are any differences in quality etc between Kodak leader and No-Name leader sold on eBay?

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Joerg Polzfusz
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From: Berlin, Germany, Europe, Earth, Solar System
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 - posted February 27, 2013 07:30 AM      Profile for Joerg Polzfusz   Author's Homepage   Email Joerg Polzfusz   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

yes, there are differences. E.g. the leader made by hama is much thinner and more flexible than Kodak's. Hence hama's leader is always eaten by my Bauer T610 even though it's working fine in other projectors. (The leaders used by Agfa, ORWO and Fuji are also working fine in my T610. Leaders made/sold by rowi, revue, herma... do have the same problem as the current hama-leaders.)

BTW: To me it looks like only Kodak, hama and Fuji are still producing Super8-leaders at all. As Fuji is only producing them for their own Single8-lab-service, those leaders on eBay are most likely either made by Kodak or hama (or is some older stuff by who-knows).


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Flavio Stabile
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From: Roma, Italia
Registered: Feb 2005

 - posted February 27, 2013 10:49 AM      Profile for Flavio Stabile     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
HI Jan,

I would like to add my personal experience on "no brand" leaders, especially Super 8, that were in many case "out of standard".
I mean the distance between the sprockets is not always constant and this, on some projector, may cause, some problems (sprockets damaged, for instance, that could be the problem descirbed by Joerg...).
Now I buy only original kodak or branded leader, but not completely "unbranded".


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Hugh Thompson Scott
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From: Gt. Clifton,Cumbria,England
Registered: Jan 2012

 - posted February 27, 2013 11:44 AM      Profile for Hugh Thompson Scott   Email Hugh Thompson Scott       Edit/Delete Post 
That was a problem that Ray Harryhausen had with Kodak stock
when shooting his films,was that the sprocket holes were not
being punched accurately enough, a rep from the company came
to see him, and Ray explained that the slightest movement was
disastrous for his particular movies.Kodak adjusted their 35mm
punches to suit.I would think the problem still persists on super 8.

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