Re: FRAMEWORKS Digest - 8 Mar 2007 - Special issue (#2007-148)

From: Ken Paul Rosenthal (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 08 2007 - 18:50:51 PST

Super 8 Shutter Speed

I'm currently shooting 500T super 8 with my Canon 1014XLS, but have yet to
process it. However Stephen at Spectra Film and Video in LA advised me as

1) There is an 'XL' setting on the 1014XLS that allows the shutter to open
from the standard shutter opening of 150 to 220, so one's meter can be set
accordingly, if you have a meter that allows you to dial that in.

2) There used to be a gloriously fast and grainy super 8 stock known as '4X'
with, I believe, an ASA of 400. Most relatively sophisticated super 8
cameras were able to adjust to this stock for correct exposure. This, in
addition to the ability to open up to a 220-degree shutter angle AND the
Vision 500T being a negative stock with plenty of lattitude should pretty
much guarantee you decent exposure. As such, I presume that it would work
out even if your cameras shutter angle was only 150-degrees.

Please share your results and I'll try to do the same.

Lastly, Stephen at Spectra is an engineer and really into tweaking these
cameras per one's special needs. He took out all the sound components, and
shaved one and a half pounds off the weight. He also instructed me over the
phone how to dis-engage the lap dissolve button, which is inappropriately
positioned so I was always accidently pushing it. When he does the overhaul,
he covers all the sound imputs/meters/buttons with a black metal plate, so
be sure to request that they leave the remote imput uncovered, should you
wish to control the camera without touching the trigger.

I even had him attach a letterbox matte to my viewfinder switch in order to
compose my images so they match the framing of my letterboxed video imagery
in my current project.


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