Using the Right Film for My Camera

Digital cameras seem to have saturated the photo market and almost every mobile phone has a camera that can rival the quality of a point-and-shoot, does this mean that film is dead? of course no! if anything, film is very much alive and still plays a specific role in the society today. Whether you're a student, niche artist or an enthusiast, with a Super 8 camera film, you can achieve the vintage aesthetic. 

Why Use Super 8 Film?

The introduction of Super 8 made shooting films easier, more affordable, portable, and fun than it had ever been before. A few different features made Super 8 remarkable, but one of the greatest was the ease of creating movies that it brought to the masses. In the Super 8 movie, Alice (Elle Fanning) together with her friends shot a scene at a train depot using a super 8mm film, this shows just how much film formats are still important in the digital world. That said, here are some of the benefits of using this film.

  • Threading: This can be a lengthy and time-consuming process, more especially when you need to flip the reel and thread it in a different direction so as to take advantage of both sides. However, these films come in cartridges that can easily load into Super 8 cameras, without the need to thread.
  • Image area: Super 8 holes have sprocket holes that are much smaller and position in the middle of the frame. Smaller sprocket holes indicate that the Super 8 film has more room for the image area than the standard 8mm film. This then means that the film can capture a lot within its frame without sacrificing both image and sound quality.
  • Stability: The small sprocket holes did play a huge part in giving Super 8 its reputation as being one of the most stable films, since there’s less room for wiggle in the sprocket, meaning there are lower chances of moving about when shooting your home movie or video.

What Are the Factors to Consider When Choosing a Camera Film?

The one common mistake that most people make is that they put more emphasis on the type of camera and lens, however, the film you choose for your camera matters far more than your choice of camera and lens.

  • Options for your film format: If for instance, you're shooting your footage using some dead consumer format such as 24mm, chances are you're stuck with color negative film. However, if you're using 35mm and larger formats then you have plenty of options to choose from.
  • Your preferred colors: This depends on your subject, for example, subtle or black and white colors are often much better for people while super-saturated films are great for landscapes.  

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