Re: looking for super-8 camera in NYC

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jul 16 2008 - 15:52:15 PDT

To continue the R8-S8 discussion.
I love both formats. With super 8 nowadays it's possible to spend mucho
money and not get the greatest results. For someone starting out I'd avoid the
$300 Nizos or Canons and get something really cheap and functional-- like a
Kodak M2 or M4 (no other Kodaks.. they fall apart.)
Or try out the easily-found Minolta or Elmo sound cameras-- $30 and you'll
get a good one. You don't even need a projector-- a good transfer will suffice.
 Same with editing.
The problem with the big cameras is that they are overcomplicated and never
worked that great to begin with-- early digital technology combined with late
70s production methods can equal a big mess, unless they were set up right.
And over the years many of these cameras have been fooled around with by
If you look around, S8 can be just as cheap and easy as R8. Maybe it's time
for a budget 8 wiki article....Sometimes I'm amazed how much money is getting
spent on this stuff.
Again, back to the topic, if you're looking for a quick-fix source for S8
cameras in NYC, then George Gal at DuAll is your best bet. He's basically a
16/35 guy who also sells the better smaller gauge stuff. But it's not budget.

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