Movie Cameras

8mm Movie Camera

Single 8 518 SV

Single 8 518 SV

Single 8 518 SV

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Marketed November 1970
Original Price 49,800 yen

The Single 8 518 was introduced in 1965, and it was totally revised five years later. This camera employed the Servo EE mechanism, used for the Zoom DS-8, to control the diaphragm precisely with a servo motor. The “SV” in the model name stood for “servo.” Lens diaphragm control became very stable with this powerful servo motor. The electric rewind mechanism and fade out/in mechanism with shutter opening were applied to this model, making it a full-scale movie camera.

The popular 5x zoom lens was improved by adding a new type of glass element for sharper images. The viewfinder was also improved, expanding eyepiece diameter for brighter field of view.

Type Single 8 type 8mm movie camera
Image Size 4.2 x 5.7 mm (Projection image size: 4 x 5.4mm)
Film Single 8 film cartridge
Lens Focal Length/Speed 9.5 – 47.5mm f/1.8 (14 elements in 11 groups, including 6 new type glass elements)
Inner diameter: 48 mm, outer diameter: 50 mm Spectra coating.
Focal length can be shortened to wide angel zoom of 6.2 – 31mm with the Wide Converter 0.65X and extended to super telephoto of 15.6 – 78 mm with the Tele Converter 1.6X.
Zooming Ratio 5x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Zooming Power zooming (Approx. 6 sec.) and manual zooming with zooming ring. Rotation angle: Approx. 100 degrees.
Filter Size 48 mm
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type
Rangefinder Prism screen rangefinder (Micro-prism rangefinder)
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 diopter
Viewfinder Information Aperture value, exposure meter needle, over/under exposure warnings, film end pre-notice
Exposure Control Type TTL Servo EE with CdS exposure meter. Automatic aperture setting coupled to loaded film speed and shooting speed.
Metering Range ISO 200 f/1.8, 18 fps, shutter opening at OPEN – ISO25, f/32, slow motion, shutter opening at 4
Film Speed ISO25, 50, 100 and 200. Automatic ISO setting by film cartridge.
Aperture Control Automatic and manual aperture setting with the aperture setting ring. Pull and turn the aperture ring for manual aperture setting.
Film Drive Type Power filming and power rewinding by a high performance micro-motor
Filming Speed 18, 24 fps, slow motion and single frame
Power Source Four AA batteries in the grip. Sufficient power for approx. 10 film cartridges under normal temperature.
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting
Rewinding Indicator Frame number indication (variable rewinding index)
Battery Check Push button checking
Rewinding Mechanism Power rewind is possible for double exposure at REWIND position (Shutter opening at CLOSE position).
Shutter Shutter Opening Variable for 0 – 150 degrees with the operation dial. Exposure metering control mechanism
Shutter Lock Dial Three positions of OFF, R (Running) and RL (Running Lock)
Operation Dial OPEN, 2, 4, CLOSE, STOP and REWIND setting positions (Shutter opening lock and safety button for rewind)
Release Sockets Sockets for remote control, continuous shooting, single frame.
Safety Mechanism Film type and film drive confirmation window
Remote Control Possible with remote switch
Grip Fixed. Contains driving batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D) 60 x 201 x 208 mm
Weight 1300 g (Body only)