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killa B
12-21-2008, 02:58 AM
new but dedicated to film making and I'm looking into getting a super 8 camera possibly an 16mm which is the best for fairly cheap.

12-21-2008, 11:47 AM
The three best super 8 cameras - in my opinion - are:
Beaulieu 4008 ZM II - I shot two features with this camera.
Nikon R10 - the first camera I ever bought
Canon 1041 XL-S - a solid camera with a great lens and pretty good under
low light conditions.

The others:
Canon 514 XL-S and 814 XL
Elmo 612S-XL / 1012S-XL
Bauer and Elmo make solid cameras on the lower end.

the 16mm cameras:

Bell & Howell - old cameras, usually spring wound. Good solid cameras
to start with and very inexpensive.

Krasnogorsk a Russian made camera that many first timers use. It
takes 100í daylight spools - about two and a half minutes. It runs loud so that
makes it difficult when recording sound and that 100' spool makes for short
takes and lots of reloading.

Bolex - the great workhorse of 16mm. Many different models to choose
from. The "H-16" is the first 16mm camera I bought and I still use it. You can
usually find them for not much money.

Beaulieu - the "R16" is one of my favorites. They are great cameras with
a beautiful lens and used are very inexpensive. Itís a little loud, but can be
quited with a barney.

Eclair - the NPR is the camera many film schools use. Rugged, solid and quiet.

Canon - the Scoopic was the standard in TV news cameras in the 1970's.
Easy to use. Another film school staple. Before video, every film student used
the reliable Scoopic before moving up to the Eclair.

CP-16 - a really nice, solid camera with crystal sync and most come with
an excellent Angenieuz zoom lens. These were used for news gathering for decades.

With the Aaton and Arriflex we're getting pricey. These are high end,
pro cameras worth knowing about. These are usually rentals - even used they
can run above $10,000 - but it's worth knowing about them.

Dave Pastecchi
12-22-2008, 09:23 PM
i think its great that you want to work in film...but its the most costly...

if you are thinking of having dialogue with your will more than likely end up in the Eclair,CP, Aaton range..maybe an ARRI...they will need crystal order to have sound sync later...I wish the Bolex had a blimped it has the best optics of them all.... will need to find a soundman...oppps...person, when you shoot, that has his own gear...unless you are going to spend more big bucks on sound gear now...which i wouldnt...unless you want to be a soundman too...but cant be both...only two

and for editing...the are a host of options...but none of them are cheap....

so...if you just want to get started and make some small films...i say get a digital camera...if you have tons of cash to spend on something you have never done before and will be learning on the way...go ahead...shoot wont know whats in the can till you get it back from the lab...Vid...instant...

have fun...SHOOT FILM

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12-28-2008, 07:34 AM

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12-30-2008, 01:59 AM