Re: looking for super-8 camera in NYC

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jul 15 2008 - 19:07:15 PDT

In a message dated 7/15/2008 5:26:23 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

I've been hesitating to respond to this post since I'm afraid I'll just get
into rant mode, so let me say calmly: friends don't let friends buy super-8
cameras, they encourage them to buy regular-8 cameras. Super 8 SUCKS!

No doubt R8 is great and underrated. But most of the advantages you give to
R8 can be attained just as easily by super 8. Some things-- like filtration--
are actually harder in R8 because the filter sizes for those lenses are small
 and odd sized (like series IV)- and expensive to find used and battered,
impossible to find new.
What problems did you have with super 8? I agree, the little Bolexes are
incredibly cool and well made. But if you like spool feed, why not go up to 16mm
and a little Bell and Howell 240?
One thing about R8 projectors-- they are older and light output isn't as
good. Most are hot-lamped and expensive to run.

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