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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Zenit Quarz 1x8C-2

This is my Zenit Quarz (Qvarz) 1x8C-2 (export version name,original name - 1x8S-2). Its an old spring driven Russian beauty. Just by handling it you get the feeling of sturdiness from its metal body. Haven't shot with this one, but its on my next batch. Here are her specs from super8aid:

marketed since 1974 until 1993
production: 30,1102 u
silent super 8 cartridge
film frame: 4.22 x 5.69 mm
lens: Meteor-8M-1 f: 1.8 \ F: 9-38 mm
zooming ratio: 4.2x
focusing: manual, microprism
zooming: manual
filter size: 46 mm
viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece: +/- 5 diopters
viewfinder information: f-stop scale at the bottom of the frame
exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL Electric Eye
aperture range: f/1.8 to f/22
CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, with filter selector
film speed: auto for 40/50 ASA (18 DIN)
exposure compensation: +/- 2 f/stops (2)
filming speed: 9, 12, 18, 24, 32 fps, single frame
shutter opening angle: <180 degrees
shutter speed: 1/22 sec for 9 fps, 1/29 sec for 12 fps, 1/43 sec for 18 fps, 1/58 sec for 24 fps, 1/77 sec for 32 fps
sound: no
cable release socket: yes
movie light socket: no
handle: detachable
camera drive: spring powered motor (about 33 seconds at 18 fps)
power source: 2 x 1.3V batteries for light meter (PX13 o PX625)
battery check button: no
film counter: yes
weight: 1100 g (2.42 lb)
dimensions: 70 x 105 x 200 mm
tripod socket: 1/4"
made in Russia by Zenit
(1) russian name: 1x8C-2; exportation name: 1x8S-2
(2) this camera uses an adjustable switch for setting the film speed. Film speed settings:
12 ASA (12 DIN) with -2 f/stop
32/25 ASA (15 DIN) with -1 f/stop
50/40 ASA (18 DIN) with 0 f/stop
100 ASA (21 DIN) with +1 f/stop
200 ASA (24 DIN) with +2 f/stop
I had my mind on Tri-X for it, but then I noticed that it was on the "Cameras that will not meter correctly, but have manual override" list on super8wiki. Now this got me thinking. I still have a LOT to learn on f-stops and stuff, and I would definitely need a copy of this camera's manual (my .pdf is in German). Maybe I'll ask around in forums as to just how I can manually override or set the meter on this thing..

1 comment:

  1. http://www.erkanumut.com/?s=rus

    This guy has the required exposure times for fps listed