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Clockwork Super8 Cameras

Post by shoot1st » Sun Jun 02, 2002 10:40 am

Apart from the Russian Quarz, did any other manufacturer make a clockwork-powered Super8/Single8 cam? I'm looking for a lightweight camera for a potentially arduous filmshoot, where electronic cameras (film or video) would be inappropriate (batteries, breakdowns, etc).

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clockwork S-8mm cameras

Post by Guest » Sun Jun 02, 2002 2:52 pm

The only other S-8mm camera that was made with a clockwork motor was the first Bell and Howell S-8mm camera. They are pretty rare to come across now because they only made them one year and every S-8mm camera since has been battery powered (except for the Russian Quartz). I own both and the Bell and Howell is much heavier. You could drive nails with it, made of cast aluminum and very heavy duty spring. It only has a fixed focus lens of normal view and runs at only the 18fps speed. I would go for the Russian camera with its zoom lens and 24fps speed capabilities. Good luck.

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Post by wahiba » Sun Jun 02, 2002 2:57 pm

To the best of my knowledge no, as far as Super-8 Cartridge cameras. Even the other Russian Super-8 models seem to be electric.
Now, if you use double super-8 then I think there are some Bolex clockwork coversions around. Also the Russians made double super-8 cameras, but, as far as I know they were never exported to the west.

During my one and only trip to that part of the world, in 1973, double super-8 was on sale. There are a number of specialist film suppliers who sell it, in 100 feet reels. In the uk http://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/ centre is the best place to start looking.

For the record, the Quarz is a great little camera. So far I have had one film through and it works, and await another back from Kodak soon.
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Post by wahiba » Mon Jun 03, 2002 6:53 pm

On visiting the newsgroup after posting here I find that Bell and Howell did make a clockwork super-8 as one is on sale on eBay. I am pretty certain it was not sold in the UK, similarly for Kodak, but in the USA things may have been different!
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