Movie Cameras

8mm Movie Camera




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Marketed October 1975
Original Price 57,500 yen

This model, developed under the basic design policy of “compactness,” revised the basic construction of the best-selling Auto Zoom 518SV Super 8 model.

A new type of 5x f/1.4 zoom lens was developed, with 13 elements in 11 groups to achieve both high performance and compactness. Macro shooting at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends was made possible. A self-timer mechanism was built into the camera to enable 10 seconds shooting with 10 seconds delay. The power source, using mere two AA batteries, was located on top of the camera, and the compact folding-type grip was folded to the bottom of the camera. This layout renewal achieved a body only 39 mm wide. The extensive use of plastic resulted in a light weight of 620 grams, including batteries, but it also had a high-grade black body.

A unique accessory for this model was a wide attachment lens for super wide-angle shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens.

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 – 45mm f/1.4 (13 elements in 11 groups). Spectra-coating.
Zooming Ratio 5x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Macro Shooting Close distance shooting by turning the zooming/macro setting lever to “Macro” at wide-angle or telephoto end.
Wide-angle macro shooting:Close-up shooting at approx. 227 mm from the film plane mark when the focusing ring is set at infinity. / Field of view: approx. 74 x 102 mm
Telephoto macro shooting:Close-up shooting at approx. 600 mm from the film plane mark when the focusing ring is set at infinity. / Field of view: approx. 44 x 61 mm
Zooming Power zooming (approx. 8 sec. at 18 fps) coupled to film drive and manual zooming with zooming ring. Rotation angle: Approx. 115 degrees.
Filter Size 43 mm
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type (built-in eyecup)
Rangefinder Split-image rangefinder
Dioptric Adjustment -4 to +2 diopter
Viewfinder Information Aperture value, over/under exposure warnings, film transport indicator and battery check lamp
Exposure Control Type TTL Servo EE with a CdS exposure meter. Automatic aperture setting coupled to loaded film speed and filming speed.
Metering Range ISO 250, f/1.4, 9 fps – ISO25, f/32, 18 fps and single frame
Film Speed Automatic ISO setting by film cartridge
Tungsten type film: ISO 40, 160 and 250
Daylight type film: ISO 25, 100 and 160
CCA Filter A Color Conversion filter A is built-in. The CCA filter is automatically cancelled with loading of a daylight type film cartridge. Manual cancellation of the CCA filter is possible.
Manual Aperture Control Exposure is fixed while the EE lock lever is pressed down.
Film Drive Type Power filming by a high performance micro-motor
Filming Speed 9, 18 fps and single frame
Power Source Two AA batteries for film drive, power zooming and exposure metering. Built-in constant voltage circuit.
Battery Life Sufficient power for 5 film cartridges under normal temperature (One cartridge for single frame shooting)
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting by unloading of a cartridge.
Battery Check Light emitting diode in the viewfinder
Shutter Shutter Opening 220 degrees
Self-timer Charge the self-timer, then start the self-timer by the self-timer start button for 10 sec. shooting with 10 sec. delay
Release Socket Cable release socket
Main Switch Three way switch for on, off and single frame
Safety Device Main switch, over/under exposure warning, film transportation indicator, battery check lamp and self-timer lock button.
Remote Control Not available.
Grip Folding type.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 39 x 112 x 190.5 mm
Weight 585 g (Body only), 620 g (Including batteries)