Did you know that there are more than 20 different super 8 film stocks available on the market? Low/high grain, black & white, negative & color reversal! 8mm film stocks from Kodak, Fuji, Wittner, Pro8mm, and Kahl Film. For excellent samples of stock, visit Vimeo or YouTube.
Because Kodachrome is pretty dead (sob), many people are wondering if their camera can take 100D Ektachrome (also discontinued) or maybe other filmstock.
NEWS: Kodachrome has been replaced by 64T -> has been replaced by Ektachrome 100d -> has been replaced by Vision3 50d (well not really because this is a negative film....) NEWS FLASH, in 2018 Kodak brought back to life KODAK EKTACHROME 100D  Color Reversal Film!
|Some older cameras loaded with Ektachrome 100D may automatically set the exposure to ISO 160. In many situations, results at an ISO 160 exposure setting (approx. 1/2 stop underexposed) would still be acceptable. The majority of super 8 cameras made prior to 1970 came with a fixed film exposure setting of ISO 40. At an ISO 40 exposure setting (approx. 1 1/4 stop overexposed), this film would require either the use of a neutral density filter (0.3 ND) or process E-6 'Pull Processing' to compensate for this overexposure. Prior to exposing the film at an ISO 40 setting, verify with your developing laboratory that they offer the appropriate E-6 'Pull Process.' Want to know more info about the Ektachrome 100D Color
Reversal Film 7285? Download Kodak's Ektachrome 100d technical data sheets (PDF). For a more in depth article on which camera to choose, read this article by Nanolab. Reversal film for motion imaging has a powerful ability to emulate reality and bring a story to life. Film is about depth; it's about nuance of color, flow of movement. Super 8 EKTACHROME 100D Color Reversal Film delivers the power of film. The film process is E-6.
Looking for Ektachrome 100D? Try here: Ektachrome 100d for sale.
|This Super 8 mm format film offers excellent color reproduction, fine grain and high sharpness. EKTACHROME 64T Color Reversal Film 7280 is a 64-speed tungsten balanced film with outstanding reciprocity characteristics, which give consistent color balance over a wide range of exposures. The film process is E-6.|
DISCONTINUED. Looking for Ektachrome 64T? Try here: Kodak Ektachrome 64T for sale.
|Features unrivaled highlight latitude, flexibility in postproduction, and proven archival stability. The expanded dynamic range allows for increased creative control in the extremes of exposure, especially high contrast daylight exteriors. Process ECN-2.|
|A high speed film featuring several technical innovations that deliver improved exposure latitude-so you can capture an amazing amount of shadow detail with noticeably lower grain, or rely on the extended highlight latitude and follow the action into bright light without worrying about blown-out details. Process ECN-2.|
|Performs superbly in both controlled interiors and in challenging high-contrast situations. Increased highlight latitude so you can move faster on set a pull more detail out of highlights. Reduced grain in shadows so you can push the boundaries of underexposure and still get outstanding results. KODAK VISION3 200T Color Negative Film 7213 delivers the image structure of a 100-speed film with the versatility of a 200-speed product, offering you the benefits of two films in one. Process ECN-2.|
Looking for VISION3 stock? Look here: Kodak VISION3 for sale
|Fuji Velvia 50 Daylight reversal : Tests have shown grain and sharpness to be similar to Kodachrome 40 film (and far superior to Ektachrome 64T). Color and latitude, however, are better than K-40, offering more detail in the shadows and saturation in every hue pushed to the extreme!|
ASA 50 Daylight Negative: Latitude 5-stops of fine grain saturated colors with full chrominance. Best used in full sun, without shadows. Reformatted from 5245
ASA 50 Daylight Negative: Latitude 7-stops of extreme fine grain. Sharpest super 8 film available. Shows fine detail in both image and color for very natural reproduction. Great for shooting flesh tones when there is an abundance of daylight used. Reformatted from Vision2 5201.
ASA 100 Tungsten Negative: Latitude 7-stops of extreme fine grain. Sharpest super 8 film available shows fine detail in both image and color for very natural reproduction. This is great for shooting flesh tones when there is an abundance of light. Reformatted from Vision2 5212.
ASA 250 Daylight Negative: Latitude 7-stops of fine grain and saturated colors for full chrominance. Reformatted from Eterna 63 250 D.
ASA 400 Tungsten Negative: Latitude 7-stops of fine grain. It can be easily saturated while maintaining the subtle contrasts of skin tone. Reformatted from Fuji Eterna 400T.
ASA 500 No Color Balance: Latitude 10-stop moderate grain. This the first of a new generation of super 8 film designed specifically for digital Mastering. This film has an incredible ample color space to render good flesh tones under mixed lights. Pro8/99 is very forgiving to mixed lighting situations. Reformatted from 5299 (premium stock)
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While Kodak Super 8 mm cartridges cannot be reloaded, a super 8 reloadable cartridge was manufactured in the former USSR:
There is also a reloadable super-8 cartridge from GK Film Germany. Check it out:
"Give new life to your Super 8 camera with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge. Shoot 720p HD video with any Super 8 film camera."
Every heard of a 'digital super-8 cartridge'?! Me neither! But it exists. In these modern days a company came with a brilliant invention, find more about it here: digital super-8 cartridge
Wittner CHROME 200D, Color Reversal : Contains Agfachrome RSX-II 200 Film on clear polyester base, which yields a very stable filmstock with excellent archival properties. Here you can find Wittner's film stocks.
|Kodak Plus-X B&W Reversal: A medium-speed, panchromatic black-and-white film suitable for general exterior photography. It has a high degree of sharpness, good contrast, and tonal gradation. It can also be used in interior photography with ample artificial illumination. DISCONTINUED|
|Kodak Tri-X B&W Reversal: Offers finer grain and increased sharpness, and includes EASTMAN KEYKODE Numbers for easy cross-reference of shots in minutes, not hours. Reduced static support allows for a cleaner image throughout the filmmaking process.|
Pro8mm B&W Reversal Film, 10, 100 and 200 ASA
Double Super 8 mm film is a 16mm. wide film but has super-8 size sprockets. It is used in the same way as standard 8mm film in that the film is run through the camera twice, exposing one side on each pass. After processing, the film is split down the middle and the two pieces spliced together to produce a single strip for projection in a Super 8 projector. Because it has sprockets on both sides of the film, the pin-registration is superior to super 8 film and so picture stability is better.
I have filmed a lot with DS-8. The Czech firm FOMA still makes 100 ASA regular-8, 16mm. and double-super-8 reversal black/white film. At Wittner they have the same stock put in super-8 cartridges. It's not expensive and it's great to work with. It's called FOMAPAN R 100.
Fomapan R100 DS-8 Zenith Quarz DS-8 camera
You can use with camera's like: Canon Scoopic DS-8 (expensive!) or the cheap Zenith Quarz DS-8 wind-up camera's (good quality, filmed with myself).
Canon Scoopic Double Super 8 - Zoom DS-8
Where to find double super-8:
Looking for regular-8? Check out Filmphotographystore for their Cine8 range. For more super 8 film take a look at buy8mmfilm.com