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Auto Zoom 814 Super 8

Auto Zoom 814 Super 8

Auto Zoom 814 Super 8

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Marketed March 1967
Original Price 71,000 yen

The Super 8 system had a film pressure plate inside the cartridge, which was unsuitable for high-end cameras. At the beginning, Eastman Kodak did not guarantee a fast lens speed, such as f/1.4. This model was developed to achieve a high-end camera for the Super 8 system. At the beginning, a 6x zoom lens was planned to be attached to this model, but Canon cleared numerous technological hurdles to apply higher magnification with a high-speed zoom lens. These hurdles included a film-driving technology within the allowance of depth of field by a fast f/1.4 lens, focusing and color reproduction for the Super 8 system, which had mainly tungsten films that always required CCA filters during the daytime. Finally, the Auto Zoom 814 Super 8, which had the world first 8x f/1.4 zoom lens, was introduced to the market.

The all metal mechanical design, with a carrying handle on top, in addition to high performance, made this camera very popular among many 8mm movie camera lovers.

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 7.5 – 60mm f/1.4 (18 elements in 13 groups, including 6 new type glass elements)
Inner diameter: 58 mm, outer diameter: 60 mm
Mixed coating of amber, magenta and purple including multi-layer coating
Zooming Ratio 8x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Zooming Power zooming by high performance micro-motor (Approx. 6 – 9 sec.) Manual zooming with zooming lever with rotation angle of 100 degrees.
Filter Size 58 mm
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type, eyepiece shutter to prevent reverse incoming stray light
Rangefinder Prism screen rangefinder (Micro-prism rangefinder)
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 diopter
Viewfinder Information Exposure meter reading window (aperture value, exposure meter needle, over/under exposure warnings and film ending indicator)
Exposure Control Type Automatic aperture setting coupled to loaded film speed and shooting speed. Point the subject and the correct exposure is always given.
Exposure Meter Built-in TTL CdS exposure meter
Metering Range Entire range of ISO 250 f/1.4, 12 fps – ISO 16 f/22, 24 fps
Film Speed Automatic ISO setting with a cartridge
B & W and tungsten type film: ISO 25 – 250
Daylight type color film: ISO 16 – 160
CCA Filter A Color Conversion filter A is built-in to use tungsten type film under daylight. The CCA filter is automatically cancelled with loading of a daylight type film cartridge. Manual cancellation of the CCA filter is possible.
Manual Aperture Setting Shooting at any manual aperture setting is possible by canceling EE control. Fading in/out is possible by manual aperture setting.
Power Source Two 1.3 V mercury cells
Battery check Push button checking
Film Drive Type Power filming by a high performance micro-motor
Filming Speed 12, 18, 24 fps and single frame
Power Source Four AA batteries contained in the grip (Sufficient power for 10 film cartridges under normal temperature)
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting by opening the side cover.
Battery check Push button checking
Shutter Shutter Opening 155 degrees
Release Sockets Three sockets for Remote control, single frame and continuous shooting
Switch Three way switch for off, running lock and remote control
Safety Mechanism Preventing mistakes on shooting: over/under exposure warning, shutter lock and film drive confirmation
Manual cancellation of CCA filter is not possible when a daylight type film is loaded.
Remote Control Possible with remote switch
Grip Holding type, battery compartment for driving AA batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D) 63 x 107 x 237 mm
Weight 1720 g (Body only)
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