Re: super 8 camera query

From: John Matturri (email suppressed)
Date: Wed May 07 2008 - 20:35:14 PDT

The Beaulieu is a beautiful camera. I had a 16mm Beaulieu and of all the
cameras I've owed it remains my own true love. (A sentiment confirmed by
my priorities when a flower pot bounced off a girlfriend's head and onto
the camera; the camera happily survived; and yeah, I guess the
girlfriend did too). Perfectly balanced, felt beautiful in the hand,
with a very good lens. I'd go on but it might get steamy enough to trip
off some kind of aol censorship mechanism.

That said, Beaulieus are tempermental, especially with regard to
electronics, need regular maintenance that almost no one does. I think
there may be someone in San Francisco who works on them. For reliability
maybe go with Bell and Howells and or Bolexes. 16 is wonderful but so
is super 8, with great films being made in both guages: a few years ago
MOMA had a several year long retrospective of 8mm film. (Hardly anything
is more beautiful than the gobs of grain on a well-shot b&w super 8
blown up to 35.) If you go with 16 make sure about the surviving labs,
if any, in your area and check out the cost of stock and processing.


Jim Carlile wrote:
> Way way way WAY overpriced. Lunacy.
> Here's what's happening--- small fry EBAY wannabee dealers and foreign
> buyers with our weak dollar are escalating these prices. Avoid right now.
> Or buy a much cheaper Bell and Howell, GAF, or newer Elmo.
> Or-- get a 16mm non-reflex Bolex and make real movies. Price? $150 max.
> In a message dated 5/7/2008 9:12:18 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> email suppressed writes:
> Hello all,
> A friend asked me to see if anyone had any opinions on these
> cameras at these asking prices...thanks in advance!
> Best,
> CH
> Canon 814
> $250
> Beaulieu 4008ZM2
> $650
> Minolta D-10
> $380
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