by Tim Fok | 9th January 2016
The Kodak Super 8mm camera has caused a bit of a stir over the last few days. The film manufacturer wound back the clock by announcing the future release of a Super 8mm film camera. We’ve got some detailed pictures of the prototype at CES 2016, thanks to our source Lior Koren-Dtown, as well a quick hands-on video. It’s been confirmed that there will be two versions; the broad $400-750 price range is actually two price points for different models. The $400 prosumer is pictured below. The 3-minute recording film cartridges will cost $80, including development costs. You’ll be able to send film to Kodak for processing, where it will become available for download via a cloud service. There were a couple of interesting rumours knocking about, speculating that the Kodak Super 8mm camera could record to SD simultaneously. This is, in fact, true but not in the non-logical sense of shooting to images to both digital and film. The SD is actually reserved for audio recording (via 3.5mm input on the front). The idea is to then sync both in post, when you have downloaded the processed film. It remains to be seen how easy this will be without a constant visually cue like a clapper. Super 8mm film stock will be available in 4 main cartridges. One BW and 3 others for colour filming in ASA 50/200/500. Film stock also dictates white balance; T and D as pictured below depict which colour temperature you’ll be capturing. Here’s PetaPixels hands on: Does the Kodak Super 8mm have any Value? So with all this hype, is Super 8mm actually any good? Short answer: by today’s standards, absolutely not. If a digital camera were to produce the same quality footage as a Super8mm is capable of, then we would probably slate it to high heaven. However it’s the niche process and visual aesthetic (as well as the retro factor adding ‘cool points’) that many will warm to. Many high profile Directors are also applauding its educational value in bringing back a lost format to the broad modern audience. With that said, below are some videos I’ve pulled that have been shot on Super 8mm. Check them out! For more information, including a full spec sheet of the Kodak Super 8mm camera, check out our previous post. Many thanks to Lior Koren from dtown for the photos!Read more
by Tim Fok | 6th January 2016
In its 50th year of manufacturing Super 8mm film, Kodak is celebrating by releasing a new Super 8mm film camera. The announcement is part of an initiative hosted by Kodak that plans to get the old film format into more modern day filmmaker’s hands. Kodak Super 8mm: Leading a Retro Revolution It’s been thirty years since we last saw a new super 8mm camera knocking about and fortunately, Kodak has stuck to a retro aesthetic design with the new Super 8mm Camera. Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book and simply calling it the Kodak Super 8mm Camera, users will benefit from a fixed 6mm 1:1.2 – Ricoh lens and optional 6-48mm zoom, both in previously popular C mount. The camera will record variable frames per second (9, 12, 18, 24, 25 FPS) all at crystal sync. A 3.5″ display with standard definition input will take care of monitoring and control, as well as a jog stick for navigation. A 50′ film cartridge that currently costs around $35 will get you 90 seconds of film at 24p (although reports place future pricing in the $50-75 range). Kodak has big plans for the film format this year so the cost of the film may well change when the camera is released. Here’s more on what they have to say: “The company has built a roadmap that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more. “It is an ecosystem for film,” said Jeff Clarke, Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer. “Following the 50th anniversary of Super 8, Kodak is providing new opportunities to enjoy and appreciate film as a medium.” A prototype of the film camera will debut at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where visitors will get the opportunity to try out the Super 8mm Camera and watch ‘home movies’. Kodak Super 8mm Camera Specifications Film Gauge: Super 8 (Extended Max-8 Gate) Film Load: Kodak Cartridges with 50 ft. (15 M) Speed: Variable Speeds (9, 12, 18, 24, 25 FPS) all with Crystal Sync Lens Mount: C-Mount Focal Length: Fixed / 6mm, 1:1.2 – Ricoh lens (optional 6-48mm zoom) Focus/Aperture: Manual Focus & Iris View Finder: 3.5″ Display, Standard definition video input & +/- 45 degrees swivel Exposure Control: Cartridge Detection (Speed Notch) Built-in light meter for supported speeds of all Kodak film types Manual speed/manual iris setting Battery & Charger: Integrated battery and charger via standard USB wall adaptor Control Panel: Via viewfinder 3.5″ TFT LCD Setting: Via jog wheel as user interface The Kodak Super 8 Camera is rumoured to cost $400-$750. More info can be found on the Kodak website.Read more
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