Re: Regular 8 vs Super 8

From: Ed Inman (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jul 15 2008 - 20:53:57 PDT

Super 8, with its tiny sprocket holes. is also the first to become problematic due to poor storage, shrinkage, and/or early stages of vinegar syndrom. I recently was a projectionist for a "bring in you old home movies" day. The 16mm and regular 8mm ran like a charm, despite vastly different histories and conditions. Super 8 was a major nightmare--some of the (presumably) more poorly stored footage would not run at all.


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From: Marcy Saude <(address suppressed)>
Sent: Jul 15, 2008 10:28 PM
To: (address suppressed)
Subject: Regular 8 vs Super 8

Another thing about Super 8, of course, is that the pressure plate is built into the cartridge and is plastic. With a quality Regular 8 camera and decent lenses you can get a sharper image (I haven't tried those insertable metal Super 8 plate doohickeys, or professional Super 8 cameras). The smaller size doesn't matter all that much if you are transferring to video.

Super 8 has a much wider variety of film stocks available right now, though.


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