Movie Cameras

8mm Movie Camera

514XL-S

514XL-S

514XL-S

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Marketed September 1976
Original Price 83,500 yen

Magnetic track was considered for the sound system of movie cameras from the time of the introduction of the Super 8 system. Eastman Kodak Company introduced its “Ektasound” magnetic recording system, which was built into the extended bottom part of the Super 8 cartridge. CHINON Industries Inc. also produced a sound camera that sold very well. Sales of high-end silent movie cameras dropped significantly from this point in time.

When the development of a sound movie camera started, Canon sought for compactness, as other sound cameras were quite large. Finally, Canon successfully developed a compact sound movie camera, installing the sound mechanism in the extended part of the 514XL base body. Although this was a compact model, the sound system was very sophisticated, with audio level control and tone select functions. It had an impressive design including a new folding-type grip containing AA batteries. It became a long-selling hit.

Type Sound and silent Super 8 type 8mm movie camera
Image Size 4.2 x 5.7 mm (Projection image size: 4 x 5.4mm)
Film Sound or silent Super 8 film cartridge
Lens Focal Length/Speed 9 – 45mm f/1.4 (13 elements in 11 groups). Spectra-coating. Built-in rubber hood.
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.Close-up shooting distance from the film plane mark when the focusing ring is set at infinity and field of view are:
Wide-angle macro: 227 mm, 74 x 102 mm
Telephoto macro: 600 mm, 44 x 61 mm
Zooming Power zooming (Approx. 8 sec.) coupled to film drive and manual zooming with zooming ring.
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, battery check/film end precaution lamp and recording level indication
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, 18 fps – ISO25, f/32, 24 fps
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 for exposure compensation.
Film Drive Type Power filming by high performance micro-motors
Filming Speed 18, 24 fps and single frame (Silent cartridge only)
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting by unloading of a cartridge.
Film End Precaution A warning lamp in the viewfinder lights up approx. 2 ft. before film-end.
Shutter Shutter Opening 220 degrees
Release System Magnet release system
Sound Recording System Type Magnetic recording system on Super 8 sound film (continuous film drive by capstan drive)
Microphone Input 3.5 mm diameter mini jack. Input impedance: Approx. 3 K ohm. Minimum input sensitivity: -80 dB (0 dB=1 V)
Accessory Microphone Impedance: 500 ohm. Dynamic microphone sensitivity: -78dB(0dB=1V/µbar 1KHz)
Aux. Input 3.5 mm diameter mini jack. Minimum input impedance: Approx. 100 K ohm. Minimum input sensitivity: -20 dB (0 dB=1 V)
Mixing Mixing of microphone input and aux. input is possible.
Sound Monitor An earphone and recording level indication in the viewfinder.
Audio Level Control Automatic level control (ALC) circuit is built-in. Auto and low level positions with lock.
Sound Fading Manual sound fading by the Audio Level Dial is possible.
Tone Control Two settings of soft and clear
Earphone Output Usable earphone impedance: 8 ohm
Remote Control 2.5 mm diameter mini jack. Remote control is enabled with a remote control switch or microphone’s remote control switch.
Power Source Six AA batteries in the grip for film drive, power zooming, exposure metering and sound recording. External power pack (9 V DC) is available.
Battery Life Sufficient power for approx. 10 film cartridges under normal temperature at 18 fps. One cartridge for single frame shooting.
Battery Check Push button and lamp (LED) in the viewfinder
Main Switch Four way switch of on, off, running lock and single frame. A red mark for switch on warning.
Grip Folding type. Contains batteries.
Others Cue light (red LED), accessory shoe (for the Boom microphone), external power jack
Dimensions (W x H x D) 64 x 136 x 210 mm
Weight 1390 g (Body only), 1495 g (Including batteries)
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