Super 8, super-8-mm Motion Picture Cameras (Wed, 24 Nov 2004 14:10:30 -0800)

Subject: [Konvas] Super 8
Date Posted: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 14:10:30 -0800
From: Tom Schott
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> On Nov 24, 2004, at 11:35 AM, Francis Percarpio wrote:
> Do not waste your time with the B&W stocks -- the graininess is
> unbearable.

We've gone a bit off topic, but I just have to ask, is grain a bad
thing? I'll take it over pixels and compression artifacts any day.

I shot Plus-X Super 8 years ago and if it looks the same, thought it
looked less grainy than the Ektachromes of the day (1980s). Maybe
other qualities of the film made the grain subjectively less apparent.
You can also do a bit of grain reduction in telecine.

> Don't trust the internal metering systems. Treat it like a real film
> camera -- bring your light meter and stay off automatic.

Agreed, but the huge zooms and prismatic viewfinders on some of the
Super 8 cameras make a T-stop/photometric shutter speed calculation
imperative. I used to aim the camera at a grey card and see what the
internal meter said to figure it out, assuming the internal metering is