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Matthew Modget

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  1. That sounds like a great plan, I'd love to see the results when you're done.
  2. Absolutely, I very rarely use the camera on manual mode as one of the reasons for using Super 8 is that the cameras can start filming within a fraction of a second, so I don't have time to be playing with the aperture. Due to the camera thinking it has 160T in it, there are of course plenty of times where it thinks there's insufficient light for the scene, but I just ignore that and carry on anyway as all this means is that the camera will open up to maximum aperture. The guys at Twin Lens Life have done a great comparison between Portra 400 and Vision3 500T showing what they look like when you over and under-expose them: http://www.twinlenslife.com/2010/12/in-bleak-midwinter-new-kodak-portra400.html
  3. If you search for my name on vimeo you'll find all my wedding videos, and for the last two years I've been using a Minolta XL-401 as my main camera. I tend to start the day using 200T then move on to 500T later on or for extended indoor periods. If I take the camera outside with 500T loaded I get perfectly good images, the most imprtant thing is remebering the daylight filter! These film stocks can take a serious amount of overexposure so you'll have no problems doing a shoot indoors with this camera and 500T.
  4. I was just watching the official video of "Pictures of You" by The Cure and noticed Robert Smith brandishing what appeared to be a Beaulieu 5008 a few times in the video. Little things like this make me happy.
  5. I've always sent all of my 8mm film (B&W, E-6 and ECN-2) to Gauge Film in Dudley. Their quality of service and processing has always been outstanding, 90% of what I shoot is other people's weddings so I'd stop using them if I had even the slightest doubt about their quality. As they use Lomo tanks for all of their processing it means that 16mm has to be processed in 50ft lengths, so you'll lose one frame from the middle of the roll. Whether or not that's important to you is something only you can decide!
  6. I've recently bought a Beaulieu 5008 S Multispeed and am very impressed with it. There doesn't seem to be a lot written about it anywhere, all the glory goes to the 4008. I owned a 4008 for a number of years and had it serviced by Bjorn, so I feel I definitely had the best possible experience with it, but the 5008 really seems to be a lot better: The handle is a decent size and thus comfortable to hold, unlike the stub on the 4008. Instead of the stupid, easy to lose tab on the 4008 for engaging the orange filter, the 5008 has a switch (like almost every other Super 8 camera). The shutter speed at 18 fps is 1/40, considerably more useful and less strobe-like than the 4008's 1/64. The frame rate speeds are on a click stop knob rather than the infinitely adjustable knob on the 4008. This is a plus or a minus depending on what you want, but I much prefer it. When the inevitable battery re-celling has to be done, you can fit ordinary AAA batteries into the sizeable battery holder. It's quieter, at least my model is. The shutter trigger button has a great big flappy trigger cover on it which makes it much easier to press and hold down. Other than those points, it seems to be the equal of the 4008 in every way. Sure, the 4008 looks cooler, but you can't have it all! Does anyone else have similar experiences?
  7. To the best of my knowledge, the film stock used was Agfa Aviphot Chrome 200 PE1, their website lists it as discontinued: https://www.agfa.com/sp/global/en/internet/main/solutions/aerialphotography/color/recording_films/index.jsp
  8. For sale is the machine vision camera I used to capture Super 8 film. All the examples here used this camera: https://vimeo.com/matthewmodgetfilms Price: £300 Here are the specs: Color/Mono : PL-A782 Colour, PL-A782 Mono Resolution : 2008 x 3000 Frame Rate : 5 Lens Mount : C Sensor: 2/3" CMOS Bit Depth : 10 Pixel Pitch : 3.5 µm Lens Mount : C 2/3 Interface : FireWire Trigger Type : H/W or S/W Shutter Type : Rolling Gen Purpose Outputs : 2 multi-function Included in the sale is the connector used for the trigger input. Free postage to anywhere in the EU.
  9. I know this has already been mentioned on other threads but I thought it warrants its own on the Super 8 one. You can pre-order 3 rolls of the new (as yet un-produced) Super 8 film from Ferrania by pledging on their KickStarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmferrania/100-more-years-of-analog-film The only downside is that 3 rolls is the maximum you can get at the moment as KickStarter limits you to one pledge. As much as I love the latitude of Vision3, I'd love to start shooting weddings on reversal stock again and this looks like the best bet for the future. They've even talked about their hopes for producing a 400 ISO and a 800/3200 ISO film in the future too, they need our support!
  10. This post from CatLABS on APUG.org: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum430/134048-photokina-2014-report.html mentions a Super 8 processing solution from Jobo as seen at Photokina 2014: "Jobo unveiled a sleek Super8 processing solution, which is now in final R&D stages." Whilst excellent results are certainly possible from the Lomo tanks, one of which I own, I do sometimes struggle with evenness of development and getting the chemicals to penetrate the film where it's touching the reel. So long as this new solution is a tank that fits the smaller Jobo units such as the CPE-2, this looks like very good news indeed! A new camera, a new film processor and hopefully in a few days some new film from Ferrania, this is looking like a good year for Super 8. Now if someone could make a magic, one-shot liquid that dissolved rem-jet quickly and easily, I'll be a happy man.
  11. I used Borax to soften it so I have a massive bag of that as well as sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, what was your method?
  12. Andec messed up one of my films (thankfully there was nothing important on it) so I decided to see how hard it would be to process Vision3 stocks in my Lomo tank. I left the remjet removal until after processing and it went horribly wrong, that stuff gets everywhere! It ended up with me and my girlfriend being fairly rough with the film, wiping it on both sides multiple times until it stopped leaving a black mark on the kitchen paper. I was expecting it to be covered with marks and scratches but the main problem with it from what I can see is uneven development. I think next time I might put slightly less CD3 in the developer and develop for 5 minutes instead of 3. It also didn't help that as I was doing this late at night I wasn't bashing the Lomo tank around as much as I normally do so I probably didn't get rid of all the air bubbles. Here's to next time!
  13. That sounds interesting Josh, I'll have to give it a try. If it means an end to spending the day in a darkened room, slowly turning into Gollum, then it's got to be worth it! As it happens, I'm using my MackBook Pro to do the capture but haven't found any OSX software so am running Windows 7 on bootcamp. Do you know of anything on the Mac that will do the job?
  14. Jeremy, I think you're probably right about the machine vision camera orders. I was lucky to get mine on ebay for way less than they cost new, I guess there isn't really a second hand market for them outside super 8 folks and people who attach them to telescopes, any factory is always going to buy them brand new I would think.
  15. Thanks Anthony! I've actually backed off on Neat Video all the way to 10% but have been cranking the temporal filter radius higher as I prefer the way it gets rid of noise. The projector is an Elmo GP-F. I've unscrewed the power socket to free up some screw holes onto which I've mounted a 300rpm geared DC motor. I then used this amazing stuff to make my own custom sized rubber belt: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=231118870679 As for filtering for negative, I bought a Lee filters sample pack for a couple of quid and kept trying different ones until I had equal channels on the histogram when displaying a typical scene. I'm finding that the colours are about 90% how I want them just from inverting, not that that stops me spending hours colour grading! How exactly would I go about streaming a frame to a localhost web server?
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