Super 8 for sale on eBay:
bell howell 672 xl focus matic super 8
Bell Howell 672 Xl Focus Matic Super 8
$14.00
nikkorex super 8 video camera
Nikkorex Super 8 Video Camera
$10.00
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Nikon R8 Super 8mm Film Movie Camera In
$299.99
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Bell Howell Super 8 Zoom Director Movie
$29.90
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Kodak Fun Saver Brownie Super 8mm Hand
$24.99
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Sankyo Sound Xl 420 Supertronic Super 8mm
$19.99
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1967 1969 Paillard Bolex 155 Macrozoom
$110.00
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Techronica Super 8 Mm Model 355 Film Movie
$28.99
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Bentley B 3 Super 8 Movie Camera Excellent
$12.50
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Kodak Instamatic Xl32 Zoom Super 8 Movie
$30.00
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Kodak Brownie 8 Mm Movie Camera Tri Lens
$22.50
8mm camera bell howell 8432b focustronic
8mm Camera Bell Howell 8432b Focustronic
$39.95
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Nikon R10 Super 8mm Movie Camera Cine
$150.00
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Bell Howell Autoload Super 8mm Optronic
$15.00
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Bolex Movie Camera 7 5 Macrozoom Movie
$80.00
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Minolta Autopak 8 K7 Super 8mm Movie
$24.99
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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

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