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8mm Movie Camera

Zoom 518 Super 8

Zoom 518 Super 8

Zoom 518 Super 8

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Marketed December 1964
Original Price 41,000 yen

In April 1964, Eastman Kodak announced a new 8mm film standard: Super 8. This standard had a larger image size than regular 8, and the film was contained in an easy-to-handle cartridge. The new standard severely impacted other manufacturers. Sales of regular 8-type 8mm cameras in the market dropped drastically, and development of regular 8 cameras was cancelled immediately, even for models nearly completed.

Canon developed its first Super 8 model: the Zoom 518 Super 8. This camera was the first movie camera to use ABS on its exterior, which later became standard. The zoom lens was the same as that of the Cine Zoom 512, marketed in June 1964, except for the rear group, which was newly developed to adapt to the Super 8 format. This was also the first movie camera to employ the TTL (Through-The-Lens) system for light measuring.

Type Super 8 type 8mm movie camera
Image Size 4.2 x 5.7 mm (Projection image size: 4 x 5.4mm)
Film Super 8 film cartridge
Lens Focal Length/Speed 9.5 – 47.5mm f/1.8 (14 elements in 11 groups, including 5 new type glass elements)
Focal length can be extended to 15.6 – 78mm f/1.8 with the Tele Converter 1.6X.
Zooming Ratio 5x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Zooming Manual
Filter size 48 mm
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type with non-reverse image
Rangefinder Prism screen rangefinder (Micro-prism rangefinder)
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 diopter
Viewfinder Information Aperture value, exposure meter needle, over/under exposure warnings
Exposure Meter Type Built-in TTL super high sensitive CdS exposure meter
Metering Range ISO 160 f/1.8, 18 fps – ISO 16 f/16, 18 fps
Film Speed Automatic ISO setting
Daylight type ISO 16 – 100
Tungsten type ISO 25 – 160
CCA Filter Built-in. Automatically cancelled when a daylight type film is loaded. Manual switching with trigger grip when a tungsten type film is loaded.
Power Source Two 1.3 V mercury cells
Film Drive Type Power filming
Filming Speed 18 fps
Power Source Three 1.5 V AA batteries
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting needle type
Film Indicator A large window shows the loaded film type clearly.
Battery Check Level of the film drive battery can be checked accurately.
Shutter Shutter Opening 160 degrees
Remote Control Possible with remote switch
Dimensions (W x H x D) 55 x 187 x 206 mm
Weight 1000 g (Body only)
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