Movie Cameras

8mm Movie Camera

Cine Zoom 512

Cine Zoom 512

Cine Zoom 512

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Marketed June 1964
Original Price 69,000 yen

This was the highest-end model, with a spring motor drive system, and it was intended as Canon’s symbol of movie camera technology. The goal was to apply 16mm-movie-camera technology in an 8mm movie camera. The fast f/1.2 lens was the first to apply Gauss for the relay lens based on the high-magnification and high-resolution lens of the Reflex Zoom 8-3 (marketed in 1962). This camera, with a variable shutter opening and spring mechanism enabling long time shooting, was called a “masterpiece” of movie cameras and was used for a long time by movie lovers, who wanted to produce high-quality movies.

After this model, Canon movie cameras were named according to their zooming ratio and f/ number.

Type Regular 8 type 8mm movie camera
Image Size 3.7 x 4.9 mm (Projection image size: 3.3 x 4.4 mm)
Film Reel type, 25 feet film (Width of film: 16 mm)
Lens Focal Length/Speed 8.5 – 42.5mm (17 elements in 12 groups, including 6 new type glass elements) Spectra coating of amber and magenta. Inner diameter: 48mm, outer diameter: 50mm
Zooming Ratio 5x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Zooming Manual (Electric automatic zooming enabled by attaching the power grip)
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type with non-reverse image
Rangefinder Split-image rangefinder
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 diopter
Information Display Aperture value, exposure meter needle, match needle, under/over exposure warning
Exposure Meter Type Built-in super high sensitive match needle CdS exposure meter. Correct exposure can be obtained by just adjusting the match needle on light meter needle. Aperture scale and exposure warning marks.
Metering Range Coupled to entire range of f/1.2, 8fps to f/22, 64 fps for ISO 5 – 320 films.
Power Source One 1.3 V mercury cell (M-P, TH-MR or RM-1)
Film Drive Filming Speed 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 48, 64 fps and single frame
Driving System Spring motor
Crank winding system. The powerful spring motor can drive 4 m (13 ft.) with one full charge. Two full windings can drive one side of film (7.5 m).
Footage Counter Automatically resets by film loading (opening and closing of pressure plate). Coupled to film winding and rewinding.
Frame Counter Zero adjustment possible. One rotation shows 80 frames (1 ft.). Coupled to the footage counter. Film winding and rewinding and single frame can be counted. Used for precise fading.
Automatic Rewinding Automatic rewinding mechanism with the spring motor. Safety stopper.
Shutter Shutter Opening Built-in variable shutter control mechanism can change shutter openings from 165 degrees to zero degree. Four scales of OPEN, 2, 4 and CLOSE correspond to 165, 82.5, 41.25 and 0 degrees opening. This system enables control of shutter speed, fade-out, fade-in and over-lapping.
Shutter Speed 1/18 sec. (8 fps), 1/26 sec. (12 fps), 1/35 sec. (16 fps), 1/50 sec. (24 fps), 1/70 sec. (32 fps), 1/100 sec. (48 fps), 1/140 sec. (64 fps) and 1/25 sec. (single frame)
Safety Mechanism Safety locks for the shutter button, switching film advance/rewind and mercury cell switch.
Others Electric motor zooming and shutter release with the trigger are possible by attaching the power grip.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 53 x 114 x 210 mm
Weight 1700 g (Body only)
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