Jump to content
Michael Johnson

Super 8: Fixed or Variable Aperture?

Recommended Posts

I've been shooting Super 8 for a couple years now, and I'm considering becoming brave and playing with the manual aperture. Does anyone know if Super 8 cameras have fixed apertures across the whole focal length? 

I specifically have a 310XL, 514XL, 814AZE, and a 1014XL-S. The lenses are marked as if they're fixed (like 1014XL-S  - 1:1.4 6.5-65mm), but I find that almost too good to be true.

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes they do. Some may change at longer foical length, but none come to mind.   Have you been to www.super8wiki.com  ?

Check it out for specs on pretty much every super 8 camera ever made. Including the Logmar and new Kodak camera.

I believe your cameras are a constant aperture throughout the entire zoom range. Wide open zoomed all the way out looks great. a lot like 16mm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'm starting to think that these are fixed the whole way across which is great. And yeah, some of my shots with the 1014XL-S and shooting 50D stock look almost as good as 16mm with a hi-res scan. Pretty amazing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This point has always intrigued me as well. Any bargain zoom lens for 35mm still camera has a variable shutter for the zoom range whereas the expensive lenses have constant aperture. Yet it seems like even cheap-o Super 8 cameras have constant aperture through the zoom range. Anyone with any insight on this discrepancy? 

 

Any agreed Michael, a good Super 8 camera with a steady hand and 50D can rival 16mm from years ago with older scan methods. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Paralinx LLC



    Wooden Camera



    Gamma Ray Digital Inc



    G-Force Grips



    CineLab



    Metropolis Post



    Broadcast Solutions Inc



    Serious Gear



    Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS



    New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment



    The Original Slider



    Just Cinema Gear



    FJS International



    Visual Products



    Abel Cine



    Rig Wheels Passport



    Glidecam



    Ritter Battery



    Tai Audio


    Cinematography Books and Gear
×
×
  • Create New...