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Super 8 for sale on eBay:
canon 814 xl s electronic super 8 8mm
Canon 814 Xl S Electronic Super 8 8mm
$550,00
bell howell vintage 2123 xl super 8
Bell Howell Vintage 2123 Xl Super 8
$39,99
canon 310xl super 8mm movie camera near
Canon 310xl Super 8mm Movie Camera Near
$275,00
vintage canon auto zoom 518 super 8 movie
Vintage Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8 Movie
$24,99
mint canon zoom 8 super 8 8mm movie camera
Mint Canon Zoom 8 Super 8 8mm Movie Camera
$149,95
vintage kodak instamatic m22 super 8 movie
Vintage Kodak Instamatic M22 Super 8 Movie
$9,95
vintage bauer c3 super 8mm movie camera
Vintage Bauer C3 Super 8mm Movie Camera
$49,99
gaf anscomatic s 86 vintage super 8mm
Gaf Anscomatic S 86 Vintage Super 8mm
$38,25
kodak xl55 super 8mm film camera case
Kodak Xl55 Super 8mm Film Camera Case
$29,99
bolex 150 super 8mm camera
Bolex 150 Super 8mm Camera
$125,00
canon auto zoom 318m super 8 8mm film
Canon Auto Zoom 318m Super 8 8mm Film
$12,00
vintage bell howell model 1204 super 8mm
Vintage Bell Howell Model 1204 Super 8mm
$18,99
revere super 8mm model 88 camera original
Revere Super 8mm Model 88 Camera Original
$64,50
bolex 155 macrozoom super 8 mm camera
Bolex 155 Macrozoom Super 8 Mm Camera
$40,00
vintage minolta xl 225 sound super 8mm
Vintage Minolta Xl 225 Sound Super 8mm
$69,99
canon 310xl super 8mm movie camera
Canon 310xl Super 8mm Movie Camera
$280,00
super 8mm movie camera kodak xl55 vintage
Super 8mm Movie Camera Kodak Xl55 Vintage
$20,00
vintage gaf anscomatic f86 super 8mm movie
Vintage Gaf Anscomatic F86 Super 8mm Movie
$55,25
vintage super 8mm sankyo sound xl 60s
Vintage Super 8mm Sankyo Sound Xl 60s
$50,00
vintage canon auto zoom 518 super 8mm
Vintage Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8mm
$188,00
kodak xl55 super 8 mm film movie camera
Kodak Xl55 Super 8 Mm Film Movie Camera
$29,99
paillard bolex 150 super 8mm camera 1960s
Paillard Bolex 150 Super 8mm Camera 1960s
$71,99
canon auto zoom 518 super 8 camera bag
Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8 Camera Bag
$81,00
vintage canon 514 xl s super 8 movie
Vintage Canon 514 Xl S Super 8 Movie
$299,95
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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 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'.

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 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, and this Facebook group.

Updated: 27 January 2019

Super 8 value

What's it worth? Take a look at this list of: sold Super 8 for a value indication.

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

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