"Art is a lie that shows us the truth" - Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Canon 514 XL

I kind of miss my brother here with this one. Here are my twin (sic) Canon 514 XLs. One is from eBay, and the one who's in better shape is from a good friend and Super 8 buddy.

I plan to use it exclusively for B&W film. It is said to be a good low light camera.

marketed in october 1975
silent super 8 cartridge
image size: 4.2 x 5.7 mm
lens: Canon Zoom Lens C8 Macro f : 1.4 \ F: 9-45 mm
composition: 13 elements in 11 groups
zooming ratio: 5x
focusing: manual, 1.2 m to infinity
rangefinder: split image
macro focusing: 0.227 m from the film plane mark (field of view: 74 x 102 mm)
zooming: auto (coupled to film drive, 8 sec at 18 fps) and manual, rotation angle of 115 degrees
filter size: 43 mm
viewfinder: single-lens reflex type with adjustable eyepiece: -4 to +2 diopter
viewfinder information: aperture value, over/under-exposure warning signals, film transport indicator and battery check lamp
exposure control: automatic exposure control; TTL EE, CdS photocell
EE lock: yes
metering range: 250 ASA, f/1.4, 9 fps - 25 ASA, f/32, 18 fps
film speed: automatic for 25/40, 100/160 and 160/250 ISO (daylight/tungsten)
ASA notching: 2-pin
CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, automatically cancelled with loading of a daylight type film cartridge; manual cancellation is possible with filter switch
filming speed: 9, 18 fps, single frame
self timer: 10 seconds delay
shutter opening angle: 220 degrees
sound: no
remote control socket: no
cable release socket: yes
movie light socket: no
film counter: yes
handle: retractable, chamber for penlight batteries
battery check button: yes
film drive motor: DC micromotor
power source: 2 x AA batteries only
weight: 585 g
dimensions: 39 x 112 x 190.5 mm
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Japan by Canon


Sankyo MF 303

Here is my Sankyo MF 303. Its one of the cameras that can correctly meter 64T.

Sankyo MF 303 Macro Focus
marketed in 1972
silent super 8 cartridge
lens: Sankyo Macro Zoom f: 1.8 \ F: 9-30 mm
zooming ratio: 3.3x
focusing: manual, aerial
macro focusing: yes
zooming: auto and manual
filter size: ?
viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece
exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL EE, CdS cell
film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA (daylight/tungsten)
CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, coupled with movie light socket
filming speed: 18 fps, single frame
shutter opening angle: 220 degrees
sound: no
remote control socket: yes
cable release socket: yes
movie light socket: screw type
film counter: yes
handle: retractable, chamber for penlight batteries
battery check button: yes
power source: 4 x AA batteries only
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Japan by Sankyo Seiki

Its number 4 on my test shoot lineup. Here's to nice movies with it.


Bauer C 107 XL

This is a Bauer C 107 XL. I would say that it's in good condition.

There's the zoom rocker, the power slide switch, and the filming speed selector on top.

And just look at that intervalometer. I hope to use it to shoot some "interesting" stuff.

Here are her specs (from super8data):
marketed in 1977
silent super 8 cartridge
lens: Bauer Macro-Neovaron f: 1.2 \ F: 7-45 mm
zooming ratio: 6.4x
focusing: manual, split image, 1.5 to infinity
macro focusing: yes
zooming: auto and manual
filter size: 55 mm
viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece
viewfinder information: aperture scale, exposure marks, battery condition led, film transport indicator
exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL Electric Eye
backlight control button: yes
CCA filter: built-in 85Afilter, with filter control switch
film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA only (daylight/tungsten)
filming speed: 9, 18, 36 fps, single frame
shutter opening angle: 225 degrees
fading: auto fade-in/fade-out
interval timer: 1 fps to 6 frames per minute
sound: no
remote control socket: yes
movie light socket: no
flash synchronization socket: yes
film counter: yes
handle: retractable, chamber for penlight batteries
power source: 4 x AA batteries only
weight: 1100 g
dimensions: 60 x 175 x 230 mm
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Malaysia by Bauer


Monday, January 25, 2010

Hard Language

I am currently writing and posting this blog from the Institute National des Langues in Luxembourg city, trying to get a place for the beginner's Luxembourgish class. Maybe I've been away from my normally busy and chaotic Manila, but this is crazy. I'm at a loss for words as to how unorganized the lines are here, so I'll just show you a pic (a thousand words worth).

Yes, those are 4 Police cars with I think at least 12 officers, brought in to maintain order. Ah bon, c'est la vie....


Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Purpose in Life (for the next 2 months anyway)

I stumbled on the Straight8 website and read about how they have these "contests" and screenings of Super 8 films. The difference about them is that they are one-take, no edit, single- cartridge movies. And I'm thinking "hey, I can do this". Which is just what I'm going to do (or try to).

So these are the things I'll do in the next couple of weeks:

  • test shoot with my cameras
  • learn more about filming
  • raise or come up with GBP 85.24 (the entry fee with one super 8 cartridge)

The deadline for the submission of the entry is on 7 March 2010, and for the audio is 14 March 2010. Got my work cut out for me.

here's a sneak peek into what it's all about:



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Good News, Bad News

Ok first up the bad news. My second attempt to repair (cleaning mostly) the Eumig was in vain. It has a complicated shutter release/button system, and getting to its "guts" wasn't really that easy. Needless to say I will try again soon.

The good news is, i managed to make progress with the Sankyo CM 8 double 8 camera. I tried connecting 4 AAs via a battery pack, and whaddya know, its motor started whirring! I will connect the batt pack to it soon.

Ok ok, I know what you're saying. Where am I going to find double 8 film and a place to have it processed. Well I'm really concentrating on Super 8, but its still a great feeling when something that you thought didn't work, works. And I'd like to believe that I'm learning more and more about these cameras.


Its alive!

The Yashica Electro 8 LD 6 works! I suspected the battery contacts being corroded, and when I cleaned it a bit, it worked!


Friday, January 22, 2010

2 new (old) cameras

I got these two a couple of days ago. I had them mailed to my tita Erma's in Trier. The one on top is a Revue CE 40 and on the bottom is a Yashica Electro LD 6.
The Revue worked right away, and I mean right away because it came with batteries inside! (although there was a little bit of leak so I threw them away). It came with the manual (in German), and also a little tripod-thing.
The Yashica is another story. I was looking forward to this one more because it is one of the "few", one of the 64T-friendly cameras. It came with its case, a manual (German), and some accessories. I tried putting batteries in but it didn't work. Of course I will work on it more, along with my Eumig Viennette 8, as these (along with the Leicina), are my only Ektachrome hopefuls. Details on each camera soon.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Lechon Manok

It's been a while since I posted something recipe- or food-related. Then again its been a while since I cooked something in a relaxed or enthusiastic situation. This is a Lechon Manok (roasted chicken) whose recipe I got from Peachy of YouTube fame. Its pretty easy, with only garlic, onions, pepper & salt, orange and lemon juice, and some other spices as ingredients. Then just toss it in the oven and turn once in a while, as well as brush on the glaze. The skin turned out to be nice and crispy, and the flesh is ok too. Might need some ketchup or something when eating, but otherwise this recipe was a success.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A moment of projection

The revue works! I mean, it projects film properly. I finally got around to trying the film I bought for it. It worked great, for a couple of minutes at least. Then the bulb died. So now I need to find a 100w 12v Halogen bulb for it. Updates soon.


Friday, January 15, 2010


Leicina RT-1.wow!


Eumig trouble

I had (and still have, I guess) high hopes for this camera, being one of the few models that can correctly meter 64T. Its a Eumig Viennette 8

Basically the problem is that I can't seem to turn it on. The person who sold this to me on eBay said he used to shoot some nice footage "some years ago". Dunno, maybe I'm missing something..oh well. Updates soon.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Made in the USSR

I got two packages in the mail yesterday. One is the Zenit Qvarz 1x8c-2 Super 8 camera. It was sort of another "accident" on eBay, but its a nice camera nonetheless. It doesn't require batteries for the film transport (spring-loaded,neat!), but requires two 1.3 mercury button cells for the light meters. As these batteries no longer exist, I bought two replacement batteries for it. More details in future posts.

Also got two Lomo vintage cameras. A Vilia auto and a Smena 8m. More details soon.

Monday, January 11, 2010

more 64T goodness

Got the 2 Ektachrome 64T from blue cine tech UK today. Cool. Now I have 3 cartridges. I think thats enough for now. Now I have to stock up on the Tri-Xs,now that I am "enlightened" (see previous post). On another note, my mom went back home to Manila today (sigh). Maybe a bit of sadness will be good for some cine inspiration...


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Me = Stupid (or at least Ignorant)

This just in. And just in time, I think. Before I run off and invest money that i don't have in building up a stock of 64T's (which was my plan), I was studious enough to read Super 8 man's article which states that:

"Interestingly, this also throws a whole new wrench into the valuation of old super 8 cameras. Those cameras that only allow 40 or 160 ASA tungsten readings (25 or 100 Daylight) are now only useable with B&W film stocks. Inserting a cartridge of E64 into one of these two-mode cameras will most likely result in one of two possibilities: an underexposure of 4/3rds of a stop due to the camera metering for 160ASA film loaded, or an overexposure of 2/3rds of a stop due to the camera metering for 40ASA. Either way, dark images or overexposed images are extremely bad when working with reversal film. “Thin” is often the term used to describe slides that have been overexposed in 35mm still photography. The same is true for movie footage. Expect to see your highlights washed out to the point of being pure white. Or, dark, constrasty muddy images when under exposed."

Yikes! So all along, all my "un-64t friendly" cameras can run B&W film (Tri-X)! This is sort of great news, because I`'m not really skilled enough to perform all those fixes or methods to compensate for the under/over exposures...Ok,so at least now I have a different perspective..whew.



Drone controlled by iPhone

How cool is this!? I want one...


Friday, January 8, 2010

E' Kuu Morning Dew

Thought I'd post this..

Bauer Compact III XL

This is another Bauer, a compact 3 XL. Its very clean and works great. A nice little compact camera indeed. It came with its leather mini-bag, which was also in good condition.

Year: 1982-1983
Lens: Bauer Neovaron 1,3 / 8,5 - 25,5 mm


Retractable handle

Auto / Manual Zoom

Auto Exposure

XL shutter for low light condition

Frame rates: 18, 40 (other sources say 32fps instead of 40fps!)

Backlight Control


Run lock

No sound

Manufactured by Chinon Japan

2 x 1.5V AA batteries (no separate batt for light meter)

Unfortunately, comments from super8wiki aren't optimistic ("There is only one pin for measuring the film's sensitivity; I suspect it can only understand 40 and 160 ASA"). But who knows, maybe I'll be able to find a fix and shoot with this thing.


Nizo 116

This Nizo 116 is in excellent condition. I got this off eBay together with another camera which now I forget which one. I really favor Nizos, together with Canons and Nikons (partly from a friend's advice and also from online reading). I was looking\aiming for 20,30 0r 4056's, but this one is good enough a Nizo for me. I'm not sure about it correctly metering 64T though. Super8wiki says that all sound and silent models can meter correctly, except "all integrals and some/all compacts..". I'm thinking the 116 is a compact, but I still plan to run Ekta on it, definitely. I forgot to mention that I had 2 Agfa Moviechrome films and I run one each on the 116 and on my Canon 514xl (Oh wait,thats the camera I bought this camera with), and as for the results, I still have to ask Dimitri. He says he'll ask supersens in Amsterdam if they develop it, but its highly unlikely.

Here are the specs:
Year: 1978-79
Weight: 800 g
Lens: Nizogon 1,8 / 8 - 48 mm
Manual / Auto Zoom
Frame rates: 18, 24 + single frame
Manual / Auto Exposure
Flash contact
Remote control socket
Cable release socket
Made in Germany
Manufacturer: Niezoldi&Krämer / Braun

I'm definitely running more film on this thing soon.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Weissenborn dream come true

Its here. Wow! I'm blurting out cheesy nonesense because I can't really express how I feel. Suffice it to say that I never thought I'd be able to hold one in my hands,let alone own one, since I first learned about them and fell in love with the instrument. Again, W-O-W...

This is a style 1 Weissenborn copy by Ermanno Pasqualato of italy (www.lapsteelguitar.net). I finally got it today from the post. I opened the case to see that the tone bar was out of its styro pack. Unfortunately, I think this caused the scratches on the side.

But it doesn't really matter. The Pasqualato sounds great! Even to my untrained hands it responded well.

I got a lot of woodshedding to do! Thanks Tina :) and Ermanno,excellent job,grazie.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Revue (Pocket Super 8)

This one is kind of cute, because of it being a "pocket" camera. It's apparently from the same makers of my projector.

The lens and the pistol grip are removable. The shutter release is on the top portion of the camera.

Here are her specs:
Lens: 1,6 / 15 - 15 mm
Frame rates: 18, 36
Manual / Auto Exposure
Backlight Control
Dimensions: 139mm x 91mm x 38,5mm
Weight: 450 g
Batteries: 2x 1.5V AA

I'm still thinking whether or not to run film through this.


Sankyo 8-CM

This is a Sankyo 8-CM. I acquired it during the times when I wasn't familiar yet with both eBay and Super 8, so it really wasn't one of those cameras I was setting out to get. It's not super 8 in the first place! But here it is, and no regrets. It's an 8mm ("normal 8") I think, and its a fine example as well. From this website:
http://www.thecamerasite.net/09_General/Pages/cinecam.htm , I got these specs:

Lens: Pronon Zoom 1,8 / 8,5 - 26 mm
frame speeds: 12,18 and 24

Its unfortunate that it is lacking the battery box when I got it. I plan to tinker around with it so i can hopefully make it run again. The lens seems to be in good condition.

Lomo 218

This Lomo (Avrora) 218 is another acquisition from eBay. I forgot how much I paid for it (I´ve never bought a camera off eBay for more than 30 euros....yet). Specs from super8wiki as follows:

year: 1978-79
lens: 2,4 / 12,5 - 12,5 mm
frame rate: 18
manual / auto exp (not TTL)
made in Russia

This particular one that I have, seems to be missing its lens, which is quite a pity. Unfortunately, I´ve also read that its not 64t friendly. oh well, as long as it runs on batteries. Still undecided whether I should bother running a test 64T or a Tri-X through it. Opinions very much welcome.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sankyo CM-800

This is the camera that started it all basically. I acquired it from a flea market in Trier for euros 4,50. I was just glad to see one in the flesh, I guess. Didn't know about checking the batt compartment for corrosion...or the lens for fungus...stuff like that. And so, upon taking it home and further inspecting it, here is what I got:
The battery compartment is heavily corroded (I think there were batteries when I opened it,..don't remember). Two of the contact springs have been replaced, which caused the battery contacts and the closing of the latch to be all screwed up.
There's some sort of tape near where the cartridge release. Maybe light is leaking in? And the lens is loose, but in fairly good condition.
Here are her specs (thanks to super8wiki):
year: 1969-70
lens: Sankyo zoom 1,8 / 7,5 - 60 mm
microprism focusing
auto/manual zoom
18, 36 + single frame
manual/auto exp
backlight control
no sound
made in Japan
manufacturer: Sankyo Seiki MFG co.
There you go. I might tinker with it a bit, but no expectations as to wether I can make it work. It makes a good,huge deco piece though.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bauer Trouble

First off, BlogPress works great! If only I can find where to edit the tags though...

So, on to the Bauer. It is an S 209 that I wasn't really "planning" on getting but was pleasantly surprised when I did. The battery compartment was nice and clean, and sure enough when I tested it the film advance was smooth.
Then I tested the zoom, first with the auto. The motor was humming, but there was no movement. So i tried manually. The lens itself didnt seem to move, so when I budged it, I think i broke it, because when I opened the side panel and took out the lens (see photo), it looked like there's a circular disk that came off. Yikes. Whats worse, is that when I tried putting the lens back, I couldn't see through the viewfinder anymore. Sigh...a work in progress, I think. Pity, 'coz the mechanisms inside looked really sharp. Maybe I'll keep this one for "study" purposes. What do you think?