I admit to being an incurable retro junkie. With that in mind, it’s worth making Super 8 part of your digital image arsenal. Even though few Super 8 cameras have been manufactured since the early 1980s, Kodak still offers a solid lineup of color and black & white film for as little as $14 per 50 foot cartridge (which lasts 2 minutes and 30 seconds). Once you start shooting motion picture film, there’s no turning back — there’s something addictive about the sight of genuine film grain and the way film responds to light.

Cameras are inexpensive and plentiful on eBay. You should expect to pay under $100 for a well-equipped device that can shoot at a “professional” speed of 24 frames per second and offers useful options such as slow-motion and timelapse. In fact, the ability to shoot film at a variety of speeds is one of its strongest benefits.

Once you’ve captured images on film, there’s no need to haul out a clunky old projector. Many companies offer pro-quality film to video transfers, starting at around $20 per reel. You can even purchase excellent video transfer equipment for under $1400. Once your film has been copied to miniDV tape you can manipulate it using all of your favorite video editing software.

Filmshooting.com: the most active online Super 8 film forum
Kodak’s Super 8 film lineup
OnSuper8.org: one of the most up-to-date Super 8 resources on the web

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  • Mignet

    Good to see Super 8 interest in the 21st cent.I worked super 8 commercially in the 60,s and 70 using a Beaulie cameras and a KEM 4 plate super 8 editor along witgh a Xtra drive super 8 sound recorder. I found a lot of clients prefered super8 for food and clothing. For Pacific Island location Super 8 is wonderful. The contrast index is excellent.Although I work in video I still shoot aerials with super 8.
    Mignet
    Keep up the good work

  • G morgan

    I'm digging around on the web and searching for a repair manual for a canon 814 zoom. I have done some repair of electronics such as broadcast MII decks and figure I can fix this thing, but manuals are hard to find. I can't even figure out how to remove the housing on it. Must be lots of hidden screws but I am nervous about prying up panels.

  • MARY

    I WORK AT KODAK… WE ALSO HAVE A VISION3 ECN AVAILIABLE.

  • MT-Audio

    Hello i don't know if im saying something stupid, but i'm interested in if It's posible to transfer digital recordings to Super8. And if there is a way to do it myself, with a super8 camera. Thanks

  • http://www.retrothing.com James

    MT-Audio: Yes, it's possible to transfer video to film. You need a Super 8 camera that can shoot individual frames, preferably with a macro (closeup) focusing mode.

    Position the camera in front of an LCD monitor and use a program such as VLC to step frame by frame through the video. Place the camera on a tripod and use a remote release to shoot each frame of video with the camera.

    Note that video and film are often shot at two different rates. In Europe, film and video are usually run at 25fps. In the US, video runs at 30fps and film is usually shot at 24fps. Most video editing packages will let you output 24fps video.

  • http://bleakfuture.com B. Scott O'Mall

    I made a feature film apocalypse film on Super 8!  I shiz you not. &nbsp <a href="http://;http://bleakfuture.com” target=”_blank”>;http://bleakfuture.com

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/25295157@N06/sets/72157623098668274/ Sam

    As a cinema student, I feel like Super is on a mini revival.  Here's some stills from a project I'm editing right now.  Keep up the good work!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25295157@N06/sets/72157623098668274/

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