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8mm Movie Camera

814XL Electronic

814XL Electronic

814XL Electronic

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Marketed March 1977
Original Price 95,000 yen

This high-end movie camera responded to demands from many movie lovers. Based on the Auto Zoom 814 Electronic, which sold extremely well in the five years since its introduction, it added the XL function and a film and sound tape synchronized double sound recording system. Its unique shutter opening system had a 220-degree shutter opening for XL shooting, 150 degrees for normal shooting and variable opening control for fading. The lens of the Auto Zoom 814 was improved for better performance, and even one-step smaller aperture was realized. The viewfinder was also improved, adding brightness and precision, to suit XL shooting under dim light conditions. The viewfinder had two times the brightness and more than two times the focusing accuracy of split-image rangefinder of the Auto Zoom 814XL. The sound recording jack was built into the body to enable synchronized sound recording on a tape recorder, generating one pulse signal per frame. An optional synchronization unit attached to this jack and coupled with a tape recorder synchronized recording of the images and the sound became possible.

Type Silent Super 8 type 8mm movie camera
Image Size 4.2 x 5.7 mm (Projection image size: 4 x 5.4mm)
Film Silent Super 8 film cartridge
Lens Focal Length/Speed 7.5 – 60mm f/1.4 (18 elements in 13 groups, including 11 new type glass elements). Spectra coating. Built-in rubber lens hood.
Zooming Ratio 8x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Macro Shooting Close distance shooting by turning the zoom ring to “Macro” at wide-angle end. Close-up shooting at 165 mm from the film plane mark (23 mm from the lens top) is possible when the focusing ring is set at infinity. Field of view: 33 x 45 mm
Zooming Power zooming (Approx. 5 sec.) and manual zooming with zooming ring. Rotation angle: Approx. 121 degrees 30 minutes.
Filter Size 58 mm
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type (built-in eye cup)
Rangefinder Split-image rangefinder
Dioptric Adjustment -4 to +2 diopter
Viewfinder Information Aperture value, over/under exposure warnings, film transport lamp, film end precaution 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 400, f/1.4, 9 fps, shutter opening at 220 degrees, without CCA filter – ISO16, f/45, slow motion (36 fps), shutter opening at 150 degrees, with CCA filter
Film Speed Automatic ISO setting by film cartridge
Tungsten type film: ISO 25, 40, 64, 100, 160, 250 and 400
Daylight type film: ISO 16, 25, 40, 64, 100, 160 and 250
CCA Filter The CCA filter is automatically cancelled with loading of a daylight type film cartridge. Manual cancellation of the CCA filter is possible attaching the CCA Filter Cancellation Adapter or a lighting unit.
Exposure Compensation Two steps compensation of 0.5 and 1.5 stops
Manual Aperture Control Any manual aperture setting is possible with the manual aperture control dial.
Film Drive Type Power filming by a high performance micro-motor
Filming Speed 9, 18 fps, slow motion (Approx. 36 fps) and single frame
Power Source Four AA batteries in the grip for film drive, zooming and exposure metering.
Battery Life Sufficient power for approx. 10 film cartridges under normal temperature (Approx. one cartridge for single frame shooting)
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting by unloading of a cartridge.
Battery Check Push button and a lamp (red LED) checking.
Shutter Shutter Opening Shutter opening of 220 degrees (effective value) for XL shooting. 150 – 0 degrees for normal shooting (can be closed completely). Variable shutter opening control for 150 – 0 degrees makes fading possible. Exposure is automatically compensated at 220 and 150 degrees.
Flash synchronization With the variable shutter-control dial at 220 or 150 degrees position. Synchronizes at single frame shooting.
Release System Magnet release system
Socket Sockets for remote control/single frame shooting, 8-pin socket for synchronizes sound recording
Main Switch Three way switch for off, running lock and remote control. Works as a safety switch also.
Remote Control Possible with the Remote Switch 60 or 3.
Synchronized Sound Recording Double recording system with pulse signal. Exclusive socket (8 -pin). Synchronized sound recording is possible using exclusive synchronization unit and a tape recorder together, based on one pulse per one frame system.
Grip Folding type. Contains batteries.
Others A lighting unit can be attached at the CCA filter cancellation socket in the same way as the tripod screw.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 92.5 x 118 x 265 mm
Weight 1450 g (Body only), 1520 g (Including batteries)
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