Christian Schonberger Posted March 7, 2016 Author Share Posted March 7, 2016 (edited) Great! In my natice Germany Super 8mm really was dead by 1982 (and I still was very active filming in 1981 but it all died almost instantly and video was heavily forced into the market to replace fim, still with external VHS recorders and no editing facilities for some time to come) and even 16mm was being phased out in many a tv station at an accelerating pace because portable video cameras and the 3/4 in video cassette (U-Matic) format changed everything (the last 16mm productions were in the early 90s: mostly documetaries and crime dramas, now with way better telecine transfer and video editing). It was very hard to track down any Kodachrome 40 (even though I knew it was still available somewhere). I had the Beaulieu 6008S and it was really impossible where I lived to get the 200 ft sound cartridge, which I really loved, or even any cartridge. I moved to Portugal in 1985 and there it was impossible to get anything resembling film at the time. It had to be ordered from other countries (no EU back then) and sent back - each time through customs (I was there at a specialized office) never knowing if someone opens your processed reels to see if the content breaks any law - or stealing it, saying it was lost. No internet still to track down nearby film clubs which I heard existed and had it all figured out - but were unable to find. Depends a lot on where you are located. I remember being in a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a band tour, in 1990. I spotted a shop with a lot of vintage film cameras in pristine conditions (Double standard 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm from around the world, lots of lenses, metal and leather cases - at incredibly low prices). Our guide (a security guy) told us: you can't get anything like this through customs, trust me: you will lose it. Don't purchase anything! Crazy where some stuff you never thought even existed pops up.... Nowadays in the EU it's all pretty much open and custom/taxes free within member countries since long ago. Yep: seen some young film groups actually using film (for the reasons you mentioned). Spotted these on YT, and in all cases they also use video (meaning they are not blindly defending one over the other - but rather knowing the pros and cons and appreciating the results of film when budgets allow). These are usually film students though - but I'm happy whenever I see young college-age people re-discovering film and using cameras like a converted Arriflex (SR2), often accompanied by a pro from back in the day - eager to learn from him/her everything. Seen two examples of young film groups already - here in Europe - doing just that. Let's see if Kodak makes it. The names of well known film directors still using film and defending it - appearing in the ad campaign is a very good idea to connect this new camera to cinema. Bringing some references into it. Christian Edited March 7, 2016 by Christian Schonberger Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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