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minolta autopak 8 d12 super 8 movie camera
Minolta Autopak 8 D12 Super 8 Movie Camera...
$125.00
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Canon Super 8 Movie Camera Works Great...
$299.00
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Braun Super 8 Nizo 6080 Camera In Case...
$131.51
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Minolta Super 8 Movie Camera Rare Time...
$199.95
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Canon 814 Super 8mm Movie Camera Near Mint...
$295.00
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Braun Nizo Super 8mm Camera...
$100.00
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3 Canon 1014 Electronic Super 8 Movie Film...
$179.99
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Bauer Royal 10e Macro Super 8 Movie Camera...
$119.99
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Bolex 450 Super8 Sound Camera...
$69.50
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Canon 814 Super 8 Auto Zoom Movie Camera...
$129.98
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Canon Super 8 Movie Camera Instructions...
$179.95
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Working Canon 512xl Electronic Super 8...
$150.00
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Cinepresa Super 8 Bolex 160 Marcozoom...
$33.99
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Canon 310xl Super 8 Film Movie Camera...
$130.00
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1965 Carena Zoomex Ii Variogon Super 8...
$124.00
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Braun Nizo 3056 Super 8 Movie Camera...
$118.00
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Canon 1014xl S Super 8mm Film Camera Like...
$895.00
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Canon 518 Super 8 8mm Movie Camera...
$48.89
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$200.00
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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?

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 made 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 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

Find out more about how to choose a 8mm camera on YouTube.

Super 8 value

What's your Super 8 worth? Take a look at this list of (super 8,super 8mm)+(camera,cinepresa,kamera): sold cameras for a value indication.

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