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  1. Hi, my first 16mm camera was a scoopic 16ms (think ms stands for multi speed), thought the M and MS used the same 12.5 to 75 lens. Have obtained some wonderfull images thru the the MS on k25 in full sun lite. Filmed my sisters wedding on the MS, confetti shot was done using 64 fps, images were very steady. So why did i out the MS?. Images go soft in low lite, my findings were the lens lacks the resolving power of prime lenses and tends to go soft in low lite. Once used 7248 thru the scoopic on a two camera shoot, the other camera was the ST with zeiss T3, zeiss images on the one lite print were miles sharper than the scoopic. In good lite the scoopic is great, forget it at T2.5. Arri 16 must be first choice over the scoopic. One thing i found really usefull with the scoopic is aperature readout in the viewfinder, was very easy to ride the exposure when required.
  2. Hi, very rare for a canon to give problems, whose filmstock are you using, kodaks, Pro8 or another repackaged stock?. If the stock fresh or outdated?
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    16mm London

    Hi, can recommend Todd AO, they do a one lite transfer, not sure of minium order, think its 500ft. Speak to Nicole on 020 7284 7939....
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    16mm London

    Why not shoot a roll of reversal, say 100ft of 100D and ship to Andec for processing. Another option is a roll of k40. Or again a roll of BW and ship to Andec. Did you require a projectional image of require the processed film on tape?
  5. Hi, canon 514xls can only read 40 and 160 asa film speeds, canon did make a 512 electronic prior to the 514xls. My first serious camera was a 514xls, good lens, very reliable, let down by no manual exposure. EE lever is difficult to operate, especially if you are zooming of pulling focus, need 3 hands!!!!!! Best option is fuji 50 film ( velvia ), camera should expose this stock ok.
  6. Please can some explain why kodak 200 asa b+w is so much sharper and less grainy than 64t. I received this morning processed b+w film, image quality is amazing, i've falling for b+w stock now!!! I too am amazed how sharp the canon 814xls lens is, now regret selling the 1014xls. So why does 200asa look so sharp compared to 64t?????
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    Reversal film

    Hi, try this chap, i purchased ten rolls of 16mm k40 from him two weeks ago, his kodak source were down to to the last 40 rolls, remember price does not inc processing. http://members.aol.com/Super8mm/JohnSchwind2.html
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    None, just go and buy a chinon camera with the same spec, will cost you a lot less!!!
  9. Hi, leicina super rt has a fixed inbuilt lens 8-64? which is an angenieux lens it cannot be changed . Leicina special has interchangeable lenses. The special has a leica m-bayonet mount, meaning you can use almost any lens from the leica m system. Standard lenses that came with the special was a schneider 6-66 zoom plus a 10mm prime lens known as a macro cinegon. Its been said the 10mm cinegon was (at that time ) the most corrected lens ever made for the super 8 format. Images from the 10mm are stunning. Its often been said the schneider 6-66 zoom is the best zoom ever made for the super 8 format, though the angenieux 6-80 fitted to the beaulieu is a close 2nd (imo). Another difference is, on the special there is inbuilt, switchable 3 focussing screens. Also theirs something regarding the gate being narrower than any other camera, this gives very steady images, probably the steadiest image obtainable in the super 8 format.
  10. Only thing that springs to mind is removing the super 8 sleeve/collar on the feed arm as standard 8 reels usually have a smaller core. No further adjustments required, except for reframing the image when projecting, as the frame line may be out, this is carried out with the frame knob located somewhere near the gate. BTW, make sure those sprocket/knobs/gears are inserted all the way. Also the spockets and gate assembly are coloured, light grey for one format, black for another format, this i assume was done to prevent a std 8 gate with super 8 sprockets.
  11. sorry, having a nightmare with the laptop, see above
  12. Hi, please ignore the last post i am 'as usual' talking rubbish. Sorry got my projectors mixed up, the projector should have been supplied with a transit cover which protects operating side of the projector(lamp,lens,rewind arms etc). Inside the cover should be located a spare gate and two sprocket drives. Change the existing gate in the projector for the one in the cover, along with changing the sprockets at the same time. Removing and inserting the gate can be fiddly.
  13. Hi, remove the cover to expose the lamp, inside the cover you've just removed 'should be' a spare gate assemble and two sprockets, simply replace the ones in the projector with the ones in the cover. Be carefull, can be quite fiddly the first few times you try inserting the gate assembly.
  14. Hi, worked out around £57.00 a roll, which imo is a good price, quality dont come cheap, and no modern emulsion would yeild a better image.
  15. Hi, none of my late canon ds8 were serviced. After purchasing the third, then seeing k25 and k40 images thru the lens i gave up with the canon. You have to remeber the canon zoom lens dates from the 1960s, neither the colour saturation or contrast were in the same league as the 814/1014xls glass. i found the full potentional of ds8 was only obtained via a bolex with switar primes. BTW, been in contact with Retro Enterprises, all k25 was sold out 4 days ago.
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