Kodak may be experiencing a revival but in my days of Super 8mm film it cost about £7 per film which included processing and delivery from Hemel Hempstead. The 2016 version will be between $50 – $75 (£35 – £52).
This is me back in the 1970s with my Chinon Super 8mm sound camera running at 18fps. Remember your sound was 18 frames ahead of your picture making it very difficult to edit. I ran my camera deliberately at 18fps to gain extra time (About 1 minute) which gave me about 3.5 minutes. A switch on the camera went from 18 to 24fps but unless you were filming for broadcast no one used their Super 8mm cameras at 24fps.
The above film is one of the new stock and is Tri-X which is black and white. We used to get our film marked as ASA but Kodak seem to have gone over to Exposure Index alongside DIN. In daylight with no filter the EI is 200 or 24 DIN while indoors is EI 160 or 23 DIN.
I do question the very high cost of todays version at least seven times dearer, that locks out the biggest market…students. I think Kodak are indeed setting out a challenge by charging at least £35 for the new Super 8 film and process, especially as memory today is relatively cheap and video has no cost beyond its initial purchase.
I do hope the new Super 8 mm cameras are less basic and clinical as seen here especially if they are charging the best part of £550 for the pleasure. It seems todays Super 8mm cameras will take a lot of the guesswork out of exposure with an electronic viewfinder.
Now this was the dogs bollocks of Super 8mm cameras a Beaulieu 5008.S (1974), Super 8 sound film professional movie SLR camera with C-mount interchangeable lens Schneider-Kreuznach-Optivaron 1,8/6-66mm. I do hope Kodak have not been stupid to exclude the use of these older Super 8mm cameras ?
Kodak are also looking at a sound version which will be far more appealing to users who have grown up with video cameras, it also takes C mount lenses which might just start a craze for what has been a lens system fit for security cameras to date.
FILM…SUPER 8 ( extended max-8 gate ) with 50FT (15M) cartridges
SPEED…variable speeds (9, 12, 18, 24, 25 FPS) all with crystal sync
FOCAL LENGTH…fixed 6 MM, 1:1.2 – ricoh lens (optional zoom 6-48 mm lens )
FOCUS / APERTURE…manual focus & iris
VIEWFINDER…3.5″ display that has a standard definition video input and supports swivel +/- 45 degrees
EXPOSURE…Manual exposure built-in light meter for supported speeds of all kodak film types. Manual speed / manual iris setting
Integrated battery and charger via standard USB wall adapter
Control panel via viewfinder 3,5″ TFT LCD
SETTINGS…Via jog wheel as user interface
So there you have it will Kodak revive Super 8mm film or will this be a damp squib, theres no doubt that a few “creatives” and the odd music “video” will be made with the new look Super 8mm cameras but the cost of the film, processing, telecine and cloud storage has made this new Super 8mm price prohibitive. Remember you still have to send it away so that might be 2 weeks ! The “cine camera” prototype leaves a lot to be desired, almost deliberately amateur by design as for its longevity only time will tell.
On a more positive note it will be interesting to see Super 8mm film as we have never seen it before, professionally telecine without the flickering !