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    • #170249

      Okay, probably not, but at the very least I found a piece of history.

      I was at a garage sale this weekend and I came across a Kodak Instamatic M4 "Movie Camera". Now, if you want to talk about Waaaaaay before my time, when I was a little kid, my Grandma owned a dated M26 that we used on some of my earliest vacations!

      Anyway, I paid all of $1 for the thing, and considering I can still find super 8 film online for under 10 bucks a cartridge, I’m very tempted to give this monster of 18fps with a fixed f-stop of 1.8 a try. I even have a friend with a projector so I can watch what I shoot.

      However, the problem is where the HECK does one get Super 8 developed, and how much will it cost me? I’m guessing my local Walgreen’s doesn’t handle this sort of thing, and probably hasn’t for 15 years. Does Kodak provide a mail-in service? Do I need to build myself a darkroom?

      Obviously, I don’t want to spend more than, say 50 bucks, on this, total since I’m obviously not going to use this for anything but a litte hobbyist fun (though I did think about bringing it along with me to weddings with troublesome "bridezillas" to provide a little shock factor… X-D )

      Suggestions? Comments? Advice? I’m all ears.

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      I’m sure Googling "super 8 film developing" will get you more links, and I don’t know these people, so please don’t consider this as a recommendation, but I think these people can do it for around $30 bucks a roll..

      If you’re more adventurous though, I do believe there are kits available to do your own processing. Again, I’d try Google, unless someone has some experience they’d like to share about 8mm or super-8 film.

    • #170250

      This is an easy one…put your digital camera on a tripod and capture the footage off of the projector screen!!!:)

      ooh and you’ll have the projector noise in there with the audio – major bonus!

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      Howdy guys. I don’t think I did a very good job of explaining what I wanted to do. Sorry ’bout that!

      Getting developed film from a reel onto digital isn’t my problem. Aside from the great suggestion from jetson (thanks for replying, btw!), a friend of mine also has a film scanner that’s supposed to scan each frame of a super 8 reel and transfer it to a video file. He does film transfer for a living, and I barter services with him, so no worries in actually getting it transferred.

      My problem is getting undeveloped film developed.

      I bought (for one dollar) a Super8 camera that works. I see that Kodak still makes the film for super 8 cameras, and it’s not all that pricey.

      My question is, when I buy that roll of film, and run it through the camera, how and where do I get that roll of film developed? Do I need to get some chemicals from the photo supply store and develop it myself? If so, how? Or is there a place where I can get the film developed for me at a reasonable price?

      So, while I eventually want to transfer the film to digital, my question is really how do I go from raw, undeveloped, light sensitive film, to developed, playable film?

      And if it’s inexpensive, so much the better. So far, I’ve spent all of $1 on this crazy thing. I’d life to buy and develop a 50′ reel without spending more than, say, another $50, tops. And considering the average price of an undeveloped reel is $15, that means I need to see if there’s anyway to develop one of these things for less than $35. I’d imagine there is, but the last Super 8 reel I was featured on was in 1985, and since then, finding a place to develop raw film is tough.

      Oh, Hank,

      Usually during the wedding, they’re all fine. However, I have had some VERY particular brides before the fact. So far, nobody complains after they get their DVD’s so I must be doing something right! πŸ™‚

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