Movie Cameras

8mm Movie Camera

Auto Zoom 1218 Super 8

Auto Zoom 1218 Super 8

Auto Zoom 1218 Super 8

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Marketed April 1968
Original Price 41,000 yen

More and more families were enjoying TV around this time. This required lenses for TV cameras to have higher zooming ratios for more powerful zooming and close-up effects. Canon also developed high-zoom TV lenses and started development of a 12x zoom lens to introduce the attractiveness of high magnification zooming to the home movie world. Automatic design using a computer reached the level for actual design work around this time, and Canon used it for the first time for development of this lens. This new technology could achieve a compact and comparatively affordable 12x f/1.8 zoom lens with 19 elements in 13 groups for 8mm movie cameras. A “multi-layer coating” was applied for the first time on an 8mm movie lens, and it could supply high-contrast images.

The body was based on the Zoom 518, but two AA batteries and a mercury cell compartment were added at the side of the die-cast exterior. A detachable grip was also available.

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 – 90mm f/1.8 (19 elements in 13 groups, including 6 new type glass elements).
Inner diameter: 82 mm, outer diameter: 85 mm.
Multi-layer spectra coating.
Zooming Ratio 12x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.8 m to infinity
Zooming Dual speeds power zooming with high performance micro-motor. H (high-speed): 3 – 6 sec. L (low-speed): 10 – 12 sec. Manual zooming with zooming lever with rotation angle of 150 degrees.
Limitation of zooming: Zooming range can be limited with the zooming limitation lever for both power and manual zooming.
Filter Size 82 mm filters (Series IX)
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type with non-reverse image
Rangefinder Split-image rangefinder
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 diopter
Viewfinder Information Aperture value, exposure meter needle, over/under exposure warnings
Exposure Control Type EE with the built-in TTL super high sensitive CdS exposure meter
Automatic aperture setting coupled to loaded film speed and shooting speed
Exposure Meter Built-in TTL CdS exposure meter
Metering Range Entire range of ISO 250 f/1.8, 18 fps – ISO 16 f/16, slow motion
Film Speed Automatic ISO setting by film cartridge
Tungsten type film: ISO 25, 40, 64, 100, 160 and 250
Daylight type film: ISO 16, 25, 40, 64, 100 and 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. Fading out/in is possible using a ND filter and manual aperture setting together.
Power Source Two 1.3 V H-D mercury cells
Battery Check Push button checking
Film Drive Type Power filming by a high performance micro-motor
Filming Speed 18, 24 fps, slow motion (Approx. 45 fps) and single frame (with a cable release)
Power Source Five AA batteries. Sufficient power for 15 film cartridges under normal temperature.
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting by unloading of a film cartridge.
Battery Check Push button checking.
Shutter Shutter Opening 165 degrees
Release Sockets Sockets for cable release, remote control and single frame
Shutter Lock Dial Running lock for continuous shooting and release lock to prevent accidental shutter release (dial type).
Remote Control Possible with remote switch
Grip Detachable trigger grip (with wrist strap)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 89 x 104 x 256 mm
Weight 2000 g (Body only)
Exclusive Trigger Grip 32 x 115 x 128 mm / 280 g