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Svema Super 8mm B&W reversal cine films OCh-50 used with Hanimex Loadmatic M200

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Hi,

I want to experiment with an old Super 8mm camera I have. I am looking at a cassette of expired Svema Super 8mm B&W Reversal OCh-50 film on eBay that is fairly priced.

Now, I know my camera might not capture anything or that even the expired film won't capture anything neither. But, given the opportunity, would this type of cassette/cartridge fit and potentially work with my Hanimex Loadmatic M200?

 

Thanks for the help

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Yes, the film will work in the Hanimex Loadmatic M200, which will index it to ASA/ISO 40 without the Daylight Filter in position, or to ASA/ISO 25 with the Filter in position.  However, this film is now VERY OLD.....and unless it has been frozen all these long years (Svema B&W and others were discontinued by 1991/1992), it will have lost significant film speed.  Since your camera is a basic Super 8mm, the workaround would be to push process the film for the speed loss, but again, the other issue is also age fog, which would require pull processing to compensate.  Since it's a less than 50/50 gamble that you'll get anything you'll be pleased with, my suggestion is to just look for something else.  IF the price is dirt cheap (less than half of what a new roll of B&W film would cost factoring in the postage as well), and you are willing to take the risk, AND, are even willing to maybe process the film yourself.....then it might be worth it.  Via self processing, you can snip off a short segment and see how it does processed normally, then factor in compensation to process the rest of the film.  The first few feet you could shoot of a gray chart with something else in the frame, so you can figure out how best it would look.  Then go ahead and shoot whatever you want.  These first few feet can be snipped off and processed a few different ways:  B&W Negative in a continuous tone Developer, B&W Reversal, B&W High Contrast to compensate for age fog, and a variety of the above with whatever Push or Pull processing you determine.  OR, find a lab that can do a snip test for you, make a determination from that and process the rest for you. The extra cost though would negate getting this junky old film in the first place.  I feel these old USSR era films are best suited for self processing and experimentation.  Good luck!

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