Re: [Frameworks] Can my super 8 cameras read different ASA's?

From: Stuart Heaney (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Dec 16 2010 - 06:42:30 PST

Hi Kevin,

Super8 cartridges have a keying system that enables your camera to read the ASA of the loaded cartridge. I would suggest checking out your camera manual to find out what ASAs it can read, if there is a limitation. If it didn't come with the original, there are plenty of downloadable pdfs online.

For example, you asked about the Canon 514-XLS.

Lots of what you're asking about is in Lenny Lipton's Super 8 Book you can pick up copies cheap on Abe Books.

Tungsten balanced films - remove the filter when filming indoors. Daylight balanced film (eg the new 100D), take the filter out at all times, for filming indoors you'll need a specially adapted 85A filter.

For exposures, try shooting some tests, bracketing one stop either side to see how it comes out.

Good luck!

--- On Wed, 15/12/10, Kevin Timmins <email suppressed> wrote:

From: Kevin Timmins <email suppressed>
Subject: [Frameworks] Can my super 8 cameras read different ASA's?
To: email suppressed
Date: Wednesday, 15 December, 2010, 18:11

Is my Nizo 481 marco and my Canon 514XL-S capable of reading the full range of asa's? I've read that some camera's only recognize the standard speeds of 40 and 160 asa and are thus under or over exposed when using ektachrome 64t. Most the time I film with automatic exposure enabled, with ektachrome 64t cartridges, and with the daylight setting on (tungsten filter disabled). Have I been filming correctly or do I need to change my operation for better results?  
For example should I be filming on tungsten or the daylight setting when indoors and outdoors? Also, say if I were to change my exposure manually how much would I have to shift the f-stop? For example if my light meter is telling me the light entering the camera is 5.6.... what do I change it to for correct exposure? 

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