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Super 8mm

I mentioned previously that my Canon HG10 replaced a ZR, whose firewire port had ceased to function. I realized a few weeks ago that the ZR replaced another Canon, but not a video camera, a Super 8 film camera, the Canon 318M.

I’ve had this camera in my cupboard for over 25 years and I hadn’t though much about it. I was recently surprised to see that some wedding videographers were actually offering Super 8 footage as part of their wedding packages. The idea being that film has a special quality which is difficult to achieve with video. I also imagine that 8mm film conveys a nostalgic feeling to those of us who used to sit through silent family home movies.

I got the camera out and it is in great condition. The design looks very contemporary. I also realized that there was a film in my camera that was half used. I cannot remember the last time I used the camera exactly, but I suspect it was when I was about 18. A lot has changed since then.

I decided to use the other 25 feet as my (very large) children were enjoying their Easter Egg hunt. I bought some some new batteries, put them in the camera and it worked first time (after I remembered to switch it on).

Canon 318M Super 8mm cine camera

Lesn of Canon 318M cine camera

I searched for where I could get the film developed. It seems that developing the Kodachrome is exceedingly rare and Dwayne’s Photo claim to be the only people that develop it. I sent them the cartridge (see below) and in a very short time it was returned.

I think I receognize my sister in the first few frames, but don;t have a projector and so the next stage is to have the film telecined.

MyMovieTransfer.com appear to have some top notch equipment and so I will be sending it there for transfer to DVD.

Kodachrome 40 Super 8 film cartridge

Super 8mm film cartridge showing the film

A reel of Super 8 after processing

  1. Alessandro Machi
    Alessandro Machi04-03-2008

    Nice Story. Have a videotape copy made onto mini-dv as well. The videotape copy will have a lot less compression and is better for editing. You can find more super-8 information at http://www.super-8mm.net.

  2. rick
    rick11-28-2008

    That’s a great pic of the film canister. May I use it on my blog talking about super 8? Thanks!

  3. Mike
    Mike07-20-2009

    Hi, I’ve had that same camera for abuot 20 years now.. got it off my dad.. i filmed 4 years of university on a single 50″ film .. I just got off the phone to a conversion company in Leeds and he was telling me abuot Dwaynesphoto. Can you email me how much the cost was for your conversion so i have an idea of what to expect.. Cheers

  4. Bradley Stearn
    Bradley Stearn12-26-2012

    Great post. I received the Canon 318M for Christmas yesterday, I wrote a short overview on it on my blog, can’t wait to film some footage with it http://redspectrumpictures.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/canon-auto-zoom-318m-super-8mm-camera.html