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Old February 24th, 2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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16mm and 8mm Cameras Becoming HD Digital

Check out this youtube. I thought as first he was using a GoPro to make the conversion, but he's using an off the shelf cheapo. I'm thinking about doing this with an 8mm camera, however the frame size is smaller, 3.3mm x 4.5mm to be exact. Can anyone tell me if there are any security HD cameras that can meet these specs?

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It would be nice if the original buttons and knobs can be made functional to the new conversion.This is the camera I want to convert.

Bolex Collector | Cameras | B-8L

I have no intention of destroying a beautiful antique, I only want to use a non functioning camera as the guts aren't needed. There are ton of broken Bolex and Bell and Howell 8mm and 16mm cine cameras on ebay and I think it would be cool to see them gain new life in the digital HD world as this kid did with a Filmo.

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Old February 24th, 2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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Re: 16mm and 8mm Cameras Becoming HD Digital

Here is what's being proposed for super 8 film cameras, and has already been done in the Arriflex 16 SR 3.

Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge to Breathe New Life into Old Super 8 Film Cameras

Arri SR3 digital magazine.

P+S Technik 16Digital SR Mag Will Make Arri 16mm Camera an HD Camcorder | Studio Daily
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Old February 24th, 2014, 03:10 PM   #3
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Interesting find, thank you. Are you sure he's using and OTS cheapo? That sensor looks rather large and he has a lot of manual control. I'm thinking its out of a stills camera, probably a cheapo. Otherwise, there are a lot of sensors in low end camcorders around and smaller than 4mm. Very interested to see how you get on.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 05:41 PM   #4
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From what I understand the NoLab digital super 8 cartridge is only in the planning stages. It seems to be a massive technical undertaking. Its just that there has been a retro chic revival in recent years and from what I've seen this kid do with the Filmo, it looks relatively cheap. You can pick up a broken Filmo or something similar on ebay with lenses of less than a hundred bucks.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #5
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Do you know of any specific models of HD cheapos with small sensors?
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Old February 25th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #6
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Anything with high zoom range should do it, the Canon HFR 406 sensor is 2.92mm X 2.16mm, around $250 if you shop around and want to buy new.
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Thanks. The Bolex 8L and some of the others in that series are really pretty and would certainly add some retro style.
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