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Hints and Tips For A Better Super 8 Experience

1. Before you shoot anything check the batteries in your camera and lightmeter.

2. Clean your lens and gate BEFORE EACH SHOOT.

3. If shooting reversal stock check to see if your 85b filter is in or out. You can check visually by looking through the gate while you run the camera. If you see white light it's out. If you see an orange tint it's in.

4. If your footage/meter counter doesn't work, you'll know your cartridge is done when you see "exposed" on the film. If you can't tell whether or not the film is moving, put a mark on the film AND RUN THE CAMERA. If it disappears your film is being pulled through.

5. If your eyepiece (diopter) is adjustable set it to your individual eye or your footage will be out of focus. To do this set your lens to infinity, point the camera at a distant object, turn your diopter until the object is in sharpest focus.

6. When possible use a manual exposure as opposed to automatic exposure. The extra bit of work is worth it. Your exposure will be more consistent.

7. Use the exposure meter inside the camera when possible. If you have to use a hand held meter run a test film before any large shoot.

8. Super 8 needs a lot of light. Generally, indoors, if you think you have enough light, you probably don't. Again it's best to run a test reel before any big shoot.

9. Pushing or pulling film is possible in processing. However, it is best to avoid this. Pushing film thins out the blacks and will not match footage shot under proper lighting conditions.

10. Film is influenced by temperature change so try to keep your film in cool dry conditions at all times. Don't refrigerate processed film.

11. It's also important to keep your camera warm. If you leave it in cold conditions you'll have registration problems when shooting.

12. Never try to rewind your film back into the camera. If you want to "double expose", use regular 8 film. It's still available!

13. Pan slowly. A common error is to move across a landscape too quickly, losing the effect.

14. If your film doesn’t turn out the way you'd hoped, call or email us and we’ll try to figure out what went wrong. Often it’s something really simple!

 

 
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