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Posted by Fraser Amos (Member # 7172) on November 10, 2019, 12:59 PM:
Hi All

I am Fraser from sunny Hayling Island.

My first Post and I could do with Some advice please as I have Inherited My Granparents fine films they look mostly 8mm and as a child we use to watch home movies of our Family which was quite a treat in the 1970s.

The advice is am I Storing the film in the boxes in the photos, and they are then kept in my wardrobe cupboard.

The other point is I don't have a Projector to show them on and need advice on best place to look for a Projector and also will the films still play as some are 1952 on ward.

The collection I have our Home movie and quite a few premise cartoons and comedies.

Hope for some advice please.

Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on November 10, 2019, 03:00 PM:
I thought I knew every corner of the UK but where on earth is Hayling Island, I've never heard of it?
If the collection is home movies going back to 1952 they are almost certainly 8mm films, but they might be 9,5mm or even 16mm , so you need to first identify them. If they were shot on Kodachrome, chances are they will still have excellent color and will be well worth viewing and preserving. There are lots of silent 8mm projectors on ebay, buy your best bet IMO is the little Bolex 18-5 standard 8mm projector. These pop up a lot on ebay. Search this forum for more info on this projector.
Posted by Fraser Amos (Member # 7172) on November 10, 2019, 03:45 PM:
Hi Paul

Thanks for the information Hayling Island is on the South Coast between Portsmouth and Chichester.

They are mostly 8mm but there is a 16 mm can I will put on a photo I hope they will play and have spotted a few projectors on EBay.

I will look out for the Bolex and have seen a promising Eumig mark 610 D as well.

Hope to get into this Hobby as it looks great and there was by coincidence BBC documentary on 8mm film as part of rememberance day of Film During the War.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on November 10, 2019, 04:37 PM:
Yes Fraser, this truly is a great hobby, for many of us here it has been a lifetime enjoyment. There's is just something about cine which, as great as digital cinema is, cannot be replicated by other media. We have had many discussions about this on the forum over the years, but I think once you get into the hobby for a while you are likely to be hooked just like the rest of us here.
Good luck in finding your projector. Yes Eumig's are great quality machines too!
Posted by Will Trenfield (Member # 5321) on November 11, 2019, 05:51 AM:
Many older projectors use a 8 volt 50 watt CXR bulb which are expensive to replace. Look for one that uses a 12 volt one. You can check on a projector's specification using this excellent site
Posted by Mike Spice (Member # 5957) on November 11, 2019, 11:01 AM:
Hi Fraser, I am just up the road from you.

If you have anything you want scanned to video, family memories, I can help.
I won't scan ready made film, but if there are family memories I may be able to help you out.

my film group at FB
Posted by Fraser Amos (Member # 7172) on November 11, 2019, 01:44 PM:
Hi Will Thank you for the tip on replacement bulbs.

Hi Mike Thank you for the kind gesture and I have Joined your group on FB.
Posted by Nantawat Kittiwarakul (Member # 6050) on November 11, 2019, 08:18 PM:
One more opinion...

Assume you're relatively "new" to this hobby and hadn't got some mechanical&electrical background.

Just don't get any fancy/expensive gears - not yet. Start with some simple 80$ sprocketless dual8 projector with EFP lamp, for example. There'll be 2 folds for this humble start.
1. You'll gain some experience with this "expendable" toys, especially some basic task such as changing the lamp/motor belt. This will be useful when you step up to some more elaborate machines later.
2. Or if you eventually found out that this hobby isn't kinda your thing, you can simply stop this without much loss.

Imagine worst case scenario - you just spent 1K$ on Elmo GS1200 thing for the start, only to find out that it will play Super8 films only. And majority of your films are Regular8. [Roll Eyes]
Or worse yet, it broke within a few months. You couldn't figure out what's wrong with it. No service in your area - you have to ship it to someone else to fix it (more$$$). Speaking about money pit...

Just my 2 cents. [Wink]
Posted by Fraser Amos (Member # 7172) on November 12, 2019, 03:03 PM:
Hi Nantawat

Thanks for the advice I have seen a Eumig 610 D on Ebay and hope this fits the bill there quite popular in U.K. I believe and I agree that something simple Would work best .

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