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

From: Kevin Timmins (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Dec 22 2010 - 09:51:38 PST

Hi Stuart
Just wanted to thank you for the information regarding the my Super 8 Cameras. Ordered Lenny Lipton's Super 8 Book nice and cheap of amazon and found instruction manuals on both of my cameras.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.Kevin
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:42:30 +0000
From: email suppressed
To: email suppressed
Subject: Re: [Frameworks] Can my super 8 cameras read different ASA's?

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

I have used both my super 8 cameras over the past few years without worrying to much about film speed or f-stops and my film has always come out pretty good. However lately I've been paying more attention to how my little super 8 cams operate and I have some questions which hopefully someone can shed some light on.
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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