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Super 8 for sale on eBay:
Elmo Sound 350sl Macro Video Camera
Elmo Sound 350sl Macro Video Camera
$36,77
Yashica 25 Camera Handle
Yashica 25 Camera Handle
$45,00
Bell Howell Autoload Camera
Bell Howell Autoload Camera
$150,00
Gaf Anscomatic 62 St Mm Movie
Gaf Anscomatic 62 St Mm Movie
$29,99
Bell Howell Focus Matic 673 Xl
Bell Howell Focus Matic 673 Xl
$15,00
Beaulieu 4008 Zm Ii 24fps Sync 16x9
Beaulieu 4008 Zm Ii 24fps Sync 16x9
$4 499,00
Hanimex Loadmatic M220 Silent Movie
Hanimex Loadmatic M220 Silent Movie
$13,18
Bell Howell 430 Auto Load Super 8
Bell Howell 430 Auto Load Super 8
$22,00
Kodak Instamatic M 24 M 26
Kodak Instamatic M 24 M 26
$1,61
Vinatage Emdeko Em 8000 Film Camera
Vinatage Emdeko Em 8000 Film Camera
$10,00
Cinepresa Leicina Lente Leica Vario
Cinepresa Leicina Lente Leica Vario
$70,08
Leitz Wetzlar Bereitschaftstasche
Leitz Wetzlar Bereitschaftstasche
$38,82
Porst Reflex Zr348 Filmkamera Für
Porst Reflex Zr348 Filmkamera Für
$10,78
Quarz 1x8s 2 Russian Amateur Camera
Quarz 1x8s 2 Russian Amateur Camera
$42,58
Sankyo Cine Movie Super 8 Camera
Sankyo Cine Movie Super 8 Camera
$55,15
Revue S8 Deluxe Kamera
Revue S8 Deluxe Kamera
$52,84
Retro Ee Sabre Cds Z 1 Cine Camera
Retro Ee Sabre Cds Z 1 Cine Camera
$36,75
Bauer Super 8 Filmkamera S 209 Xl
Bauer Super 8 Filmkamera S 209 Xl
$189,68
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You want to buy a super 8 film 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 super-8 cameras for sale, 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 might have heard about 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'.

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 Canon 1014 XLS, 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 your own super-8 movies

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 like the Lomo 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. Looking for places to discuss and connect with other movie buffs? Take a look at these forums: cinematography.com, reddit/r/8mm/, and this Facebook group.

Updated: 27 February 2020

Super 8 value and price guide

What's your Super 8 worth? Here are some recently sold items on eBay.

Picture Title Date Sold for
Super 8 Kodak Xl320 Movie Camera Super 8 Kodak Xl320 Movie Camera 04/2020 $19.95
Clean Braun Nizo S55 Film Camera Film Clean Braun Nizo S55 Film Camera Film 04/2020 $249.00
Minolta Autopak 8 D6 Movie Film Camera Minolta Autopak 8 D6 Movie Film Camera 04/2020 $12.95
Yashica Camera 12 30mm Zoom Lens 1 1 8 Yashica Camera 12 30mm Zoom Lens 1 1 8 04/2020 $40.00
Bauer C3 Cine Movie Film Camera And Case Bauer C3 Cine Movie Film Camera And Case 04/2020 $40.00

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See also:
16mm camera 16mm projector 8mm film splicer Editor Lomo tank Super 8 Super 8 projector Video transfer

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Ryan - April 6, 2020
Hi, I hope all is well I have a canon canosound 514xl-s I am just looking to know where I could purchase film for it? and is that canon auto zoom 518 cine camera is it working?, Thank you
John replied to Ryan - April 6, 2020
Hi, you can find more info about the 514 XL-S here. I don't sell cameras right now, so I don't have a Canon 518.