Long live the analog resurgence! There is nothing like shooting on film. A quick preface: I really, really enjoy shooting on film! It's a hobby and passion. I shoot my own footage (vacations, family events/sports), have shot film for larger productions, and have used it for quite a lot of wedding footage as well.Part of the love of filmmaking (with FILM) is not just the process, but the equipment. Much of it is engineering art - and it's a much more tactile experience than digital. So I have used, at one point or another, all the equipment that I have for sale.
It is a way to help support my hobby and experience all kinds of vintage cameras. And if you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask!
It is in perfect working order - all features are functional. Lens glass is clean and clear! No mold, fungus, haze, scratches or dust.
It's in fantastic condition. Features the legendary Canon C-8 zoom system = f1.8 9.5-47.5mm zoom lens (5x zoom). Drive motor/shutter operates smoothly, quietly, and steadily.
No variance in speed or squeaking. Both 18fps (super-8 standard) and Slow-Motion (40 fps for 1/2 speed) work as they should.
Automatic exposure works well, as does manual exposure! Vitally, the 518 utilizes 4-pin ASA/ISO notching, so it will appropriately adjust exposure in AUTO mode for the following super-8 ISO/speed films. Tungsten: 25, 40, 64, 100, 160, 250.
Daylight: 16, 25, 40, 64, 100, 160. In easier to understand terms, it will properly expose modern film stocks! MANY super-8 cameras were only designed to properly expose 40/160 speed films in automatic mode.The Canon 518 will properly expose all the previously mentioned ASA/speed stocks when in AUTO mode (no manual metering necessary). Of course, you can always use manual mode to override auto exposure and select f-stop if you are using a handheld meter and want more precise exposure based on specific light readings of your selected subject (how pros measure light and set up cameras for proper exposure in productions). That said, most people shooting super-8 use AUTO exposure because the cameras are so small and portable, and the aesthetic of such is often what is desired in the end. VF (viewfinder) is clean and clear, and provides a nice display of f-stop! Very useful whether you are in automatic or manual exposure modes. NO CORROSION on battery contacts - all of them are clean! Camera uses 4 AA batteries and 2 button cell (PX 625 work fine) for the light meter. All these batteries are very easy to find/source.
I'll include new batteries with the camera! Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8 movie camera Made in Japan, Serial #... New batteries (4x AA batteries for drive motors; 2x PX 625 button cell batteries). (NOTE: You can easily find the Canon 518 Instruction manual online for free on various sites in PDF format). That way if you have an upcoming production, college film course/school project, family gathering, or want to gift it to a filmmaker, you'll get the camera quickly and with time to spare.I'm in the U. I was a film student at Columbia a couple of decades ago and, as I stated earlier, film is still a hobby of mine. Maybe, maybe not, but I have used quite a few of these cameras, and have a good working knowledge. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Beyond that, the camera may function for 8 months, 5 years or 4 more decades (I would think the latter, as long as it is well cared for). I would never sell a camera that I would not want to receive myself!If I say a camera is in great condition and fully functional, it is. And this Canon Auto Zoom 518 is in excellent condition and 100% working order..