Super 8 for sale on eBay:
1960 bolex paillard 155 macrozoom super
1960 Bolex Paillard 155 Macrozoom Super
$69.99
beaulieu 5008s multispeed movie camera
Beaulieu 5008s Multispeed Movie Camera
$250.00
sankyo xl 40s super 8 mm sound cine movie
Sankyo Xl 40s Super 8 Mm Sound Cine Movie
$15.00
yashica super 8 50 cartridge loaded 8mm
Yashica Super 8 50 Cartridge Loaded 8mm
$49.99
beaulieu 5008s multispeed movie camera
Beaulieu 5008s Multispeed Movie Camera
$300.00
crestline automatic super 8 movie 8mm
Crestline Automatic Super 8 Movie 8mm
$25.00
kodak xl55 super 8mm film camera case
Kodak Xl55 Super 8mm Film Camera Case
$19.99
bentley b 3 super 8 movie camera excellent
Bentley B 3 Super 8 Movie Camera Excellent
$12.00
yashica electro 8 ld 6 super 8 hand held
Yashica Electro 8 Ld 6 Super 8 Hand Held
$34.99
gaf anscomatic st 97 super 8mm movie
Gaf Anscomatic St 97 Super 8mm Movie
$25.00
gaf sc 92 super 8 film movie camera 8mm
Gaf Sc 92 Super 8 Film Movie Camera 8mm
$5.99
minolta xl 660 sound 8mm movie camera
Minolta Xl 660 Sound 8mm Movie Camera
$76.49
elmo super 8mm sound movie camera 1970 80
Elmo Super 8mm Sound Movie Camera 1970 80
$40.00
bell howell super 8 video movie camera 8mm
Bell Howell Super 8 Video Movie Camera 8mm
$18.99
bell howell autoload super 8mm optronic
Bell Howell Autoload Super 8mm Optronic
$15.00
canon 814 xl s canosound super 8 mm canon
Canon 814 Xl S Canosound Super 8 Mm Canon
$389.00
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You want to buy a super 8 camera but there are so many models for sale, which one is the best? If you're not a professional film maker it doesn't really matter! No kidding, it's all about what you do with it and want to film. There are some very good high-end cameras, a lot of decent cameras, and a whole bunch that might be better avoided. I say, definitely avoid the Nizo Integral cameras, I never had a single one that actually worked. I recommend a Nizo 481, 561 and 801 if you have a modest budget and you don't need to record sound with an external recorder.

Other good quality cameras are the ones from Canon, like the cheap Canon 518 or the 814 (XL-S), his bigger brother.

Sure you have heard about the introduction of the new KODAK super 8 camera with lots of features, but why not try out a vintage, cheaper camera first?

Professional super-8 cameras

You want the best of the best, warranty and excellent services? It's true that finding a good camera on eBay can be a hassle and you have to spend a lot of time finding the right, reliable listings. It doesn't help if the camera is described as a 'perfectly functioning camera 30 years ago'. If you want good stuff, visit pro8mm for professional refurbished cameras and services. They also sell super 8 film and process and scan film.

Indoor, outdoor, Low-Light subjects

First of all: what do you want to do with your camera, film indoors or mainly outdoors? Sport events, fast camera work or will it be on a tripod a lot? Most cameras will shoot at multiple speeds but the cheaper ones tend to only have the 18 fps. option. At this speed, your precious film cartridge with 50 ft. (15 mt.) of film will last around 3 min. and 20 sec. Also good in low-light conditions since the slower shutter speed will let more light through. Most sound cameras have 24 fps. which means you can film approx. 2 min. and 30 sec. with one cartridge.

Want to film with sound?

In the good ol' days Kodak and other film manufacturers like Agfa made sound-striped super-8 cartridges. These only fit in sound cameras, like the 1014XL-S, 814XL-S or some Nizo's. Unfortunately these films are not produced anymore. If you want to record local sound, use a (digital) recorder for editing in post-production. Be aware that super 8 cameras which were not intended to record sound, can be more noisy, so buy a Nizo 2056, 4080 or 6080 or 1014XL-S or 814XL-S or any other super-8 sound camera, which are more quiet if you want to record external sound.

Process you own super-8 film

I really recommend processing your own film, it's incredible rewarding. It's not that difficult and all you need are some chemicals and a super-8mm developing tank.

What is a super 8 camera?

super 8 camera

Super 8 cameras were introduced in 1965 by Kodak for their new film format super 8mm, which replaced the regular-8mm (also known as double-8 or standard-8) film format which Kodak released in 1932. Most super 8 cameras readily available nowadays are used ones from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s! So be careful if you buy one, be it a Nizo, Canon, Nikon or Beaulieu, make sure everything is tip top!

Links

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