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May 2010. Stephanie died peacefully on 19th April after a short stay in hospital. She had been suffering from acute cervical cancer. Fred will continue to run the business to the best of his ability. The web site is slowly getting under control again as he tries to take over some of Stephanie's responsibilities, and learns some of the mysteries of Dreamweaver.

Cine Gauges

by Stephanie Marriott

Introduction

Standard-8

9.5 mm.

Super-8

Single-8

16 mm.

Further Information

Introduction

For the aspiring film-maker at the start of the twenty-first century, there are really only two viable film sizes to choose from - Super-8 and 16 mm.

The other gauges cannot be considered for serious use as the film supply is uncertain, only a limited selection of emulsions are available, film is obtainable only with some difficulty and it is expensive.

For the sake of completeness, I shall deal with the attributes of these gauges as well as those of Super-8 and 16 mm. but I cannot recommend these for anything other than occasional, recreational use.

Standard-8 (also known as Regular-8)

Standard-8 film is available from Photoworld, Llandudno (see below). It is no longer made by Kodak.

It is supplied on a 33 foot spool and is 16 mm. wide. The perforations are different from those on 16 mm. film however; the two are not interchangeable.

The nominal length of a Standard-8 film is 33 feet but eight feet of this is allowed for wastage, giving 25 of usable film which is run through the camera twice, exposing half of the film in each pass.

The film has to be manually threaded in the camera, a process which can be slow and annoying, and which should be done out of direct sunlight.

After processing, the film is split and sliced to form a continuous film 50 feet in length. At 18 f.p.s. this runs for about 4 minutes.

9.5mm.

9.5 mm. film has a central sprocket hole. Film is available from Photoworld, Llandudno (see below), but the selection of emulsions is limited.

Support services, like transferring to video, can be very hard to find for 9.5 mm., as can reasonable quality projectors capable of handling 9.5 mm. film.

Super-8

The Super-8 frame is slightly larger than Standard-8 and the perforations are smaller and differently spaced. Super-8 and Standard-8 are not interchangeable.

This is, we think, the best system for most would-be film makers. Super-8 is supplied in fifty feet lengths in a plastic cassette. Loading the camera is therefore simple and quick. Film is readily available from most good camera shops and those who do not stock the film should be able to obtain it easily.

If you have difficulty getting the film contact Photoworld, Llandudno (see below) or Kodak. Super-8 film is now marketed by Kodak's professional films division.

Single-8

As far as we know, film is available only in Japan for Single-8 cameras.

16 mm.

16 mm. film gives a larger picture than the other gauges. It is supplied on 50 foot or 100 foot spools. Note that not all 16 mm. cameras will accept both spool sizes.

There are 16 mm. cine cameras available second-hand which accept 16 mm. cartridges - these are available from Photoworld, Llandudno (see below).

Modern film-makers use Super-16, an enlarged frame version of 16 mm. We do not handle Super-16 equipment as it outside our field of expertise.

16 mm. film should be obtainable from good camera shops although it may have to be ordered. It is considerably more expensive than Super-8, as are the cameras which use it.

Further Information

Photoworld, 7a Victoria Street, Craig-Y-Don, Llandudno, Wales, LL30 1LQ. Telephone: 01492-871818. Email: roysalmons@supanet.com Please mention you found out about them here.

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