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Aaron Razi

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    Canon AutoZoom 518, Canon 80D

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  1. Thanks Bruce! Do you have any suggestions as to which models specifically?
  2. Hi folks! Long time, no see! So I've had my Canon Auto-Zoom 518 for about a year and a half now. It's an awesome camera, but for as long as I've had it, the light-meter has been consistently finicky. It requires batteries that no longer exist (PX625), so I have to resort to obscure substitutes (Wein Cells 1.35V Mercury Replacement Battery) that often stop working, such and such. For the past few months, I was using somewhat of a hack with a random alkaline battery and the Wein Cell, which was working until I left my camera in the cold for a bit too long. Even now, when I bought the correct Wein Cells, the light meter refuses to work. There is no indication of the light meter being powered or anything. I've tried turning it off and on, and everything that has worked in the past. I'm wondering now a few things: Should I be using different batteries? Has the cold done irreparable damage to the light meter? Do I need a new camera? I really love the camera. It has a crisp image and isn't too bulky. (Here is a project I shot on it) I'm not too quick to drop it for another model. However, if I had to, which cameras have more reliable light meters and aren't too expensive? (I have a budget of $100-$125) Is there anything that comes to mind? Thanks so much as always, Aaron Razi Baseman
  3. If anyone was curious, the film came out just fine! Here is a link of the finished project 🙂
  4. Howdy! I recently visited Rome and brought my Super 8 along to get some shots of the gorgeous city and the ruins. Along the way, I encountered many X-Ray machines, at the airport and at museums and such. I was sure that I only let my film through machines that said that film would be fine, but I was curious/paranoid if the machines are truly film-safe or are just "film-safe"? It would be a shame to lug my camera across the world and not have the film turn out. I had cartridges with 100D, 200, and 500T ISO. Additionally, in the worst case scenario, how would an X-Ray affect the film? Does it expose it partially? Or does it distort the color/contrast? Thanks!
  5. Oh man. I have no idea what that was except pure brilliance haha! Often A Film By: ____ is what I go with. Simple enough.
  6. Could you shoot some Ektachrome 100D as is (with 1.8 f-stop) and opt for a push when you develop? It might not work THAT well, but it's better than nothing.
  7. Gah! What a shame. They better be delivering a good product for $25/roll and such a small specialty. I'll stick to Cinelab.
  8. Thanks Nick! Does anyone know how the quality compares to Cinelab?
  9. Thanks for the heads up! Where can I find more info online? Right now their website (x) only says 16mm and 35mm color neg?
  10. Hi Kieran, This is coming from another amateur poster here, but I think the format choice totally depends on the look you are going for. Super 8 certainly has more a vintage look, and I think the behind-the-scenes documentary will aid from that. Everything about the cameras, from size to loading of the film, is much more convenient with S8 too. I have found that it is easier to shoot faster and dirtier with Super 8 than 16mm. It might meld better with the mini dv footage too. However! 16 has a much sharper image, and looks more professional. (16mm is my personal favorite format). The Kodak 50D, 100D, 200T, and 500T stocks for both cameras should give you a nice range for lighting, although I'm not the person to ask about the cameras. I use Premiere and aside from a few frame-rate annoyances (because I shoot in 18fps), it's great. Some people have recommended using Resolve, too. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
  11. Any word on the release of Kodak's new Super 8 camera? I'm quite interested in it, and I'm hoping it will be released by Christmas, but I have no idea. I've also heard widely varying reports of the cost (anywhere between ($400-$2000). If it's anything near the latter, that is deeply disappointing. [sorry if this is a bit off topic, but I figured we had discussed this earlier, and this is too small to start a new thread.]
  12. I've heard of Gauge Film, although I've never used them personally. The results I've seen online look pretty good though!
  13. Thanks Nick! That makes much more sense. I'm gonna use Pro-Res for bigger files, but I'll stick to H.624 for lighter exports. (I couldn't figure out how to do custom framerates, so 24 will have to do). Why do you recommend VBR 2 pass over CBR??
  14. It was shot at 18fps. But for some reason Premiere won't let me export at 18. So it defaulted to 15. Would you recommend 23.97?
  15. I just wanted to say – the film was absolutely lovely. In addition to being a simple, but moving story, the Super 16 was sooo fitting for the film. Very charming, very classic, just like the protagonist of the film. Exactly the medium the film needed. Wouldn't have worked nearly as well any other way.
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