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post #1 of 8
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Hello everyone,

For a collage of moments in our local youth club, I had the idea to use a vintagelike camera, that produces these nostalgic '90s images biggrin.gif
Something in the style of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QKj62RKBrM&list=PLib7HPWfA3l2IaIBfnGls_T6Axxp3eTTO&shuffle=28553

The cheaper the better, and I need to find cheap tape/ converter to make it editable on a modern day computer tongue.gif

THX
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post #2 of 8
You could just use filters and save yourself alot of hassle wink.gif
post #3 of 8
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lol.... that I haven't thought of that tongue.gif

I only have a DSLR to film with, good quality but it requires constant manual focussing. I'll see if I can borrow a better one from someone or a handycam.

Allthough if there are cheap ones out there, let me know wink.gif
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post #4 of 8
when i saw vintage i thought 8mm or 16mm movie camera.

you can easily pick up a cheap handycam camcorder from canon, sony, panasonic for the cheap.

best buy will have the widest selection for a price range

if you want true vintage video camera try KEH.com i have found some neat stuff there as well as just my local goodwill always has retro video cameras tongue.gif

for the money your DSLR will shoot the best quality possible. which model do you have? are you certain it doesnt have auto focus during video because a lot of people i know have a DSLR with AF in video and dont even know it lol rolleyes.gif
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When I think of "vintage" I think of a 2 1/4 box camera. When I think of the 90's I think of the Super8(film) camcorder I was given last week. To work with the Supe8 it would be nice to pick up a projector and a VCR/DVD combo for burning DVD's. A bit newer are the mini DVD camcorders out there for under 30.00.There are many fine but dated devices out there that can be had for next to nothing.My Samsung Super8 camcorder(with audio) looks brand new but I must first pick up a battery before I start playing with film.It will be fun to incorporate modern computer editing software with an image that started as Super8 film.
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post #6 of 8
you mean Hi8?

Super8 is 8mm celluloid film stock with that has to be developed in a lab. way way way older than the 90s lol. super8 came out in the 60's and is just a larger frame size than regular 8mm film. think of 8mm as standard definition, 16mm as DVD semi HDish, and 35mm as full HD/4K
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Yes, I realized Super 8 has its orgins way before the 90's. I remember watching 8 mm and Super 8mm home movies back in the early 60's. Super 8 had faded from my life until just recently when my neighbor gave me a Samsung SCA15 in "new" condition complete with all the trimmings (except for a good battery as I mentioned). I read the manual and found it was dated 1997, this is why I connected Super 8mm to 90's. This Samsung uses the Super 8mm film in a sealed cassete. I can see advantages and disadvantages to having the film in a cassete.

I went up to a local pawn shop and found many camcorders under 40.00 that use the mini DVD media. A quick call to our local computer shop (SWS Computers) informed me that they did not sell the media needed for these cheap but well reviewed camcorders (one was a Sony model that many spoke well of but there was story after story of eject door malfunctions).I am sure that the mini DVD media can be found with a 30 second search but I was advised to stay away from this technology.

There are probably a thousand and one stories about how a person was given one part of a system (in my case the Super 8mm Samsung) but ended up spending good coin on additional gear (really a nice projector and some top of the line VCR/DVD combos can be had for 50.00 each). It is tempting to get involved in this older tech but do not look at it as a practical answer, look at it as a hobby.

After my rather long winded story, perhaps an explaination of just what "vintage like" means in the thread starters mind.
Edited by PCCstudent - 11/3/13 at 8:18am
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thanks guys, these are all good tips!!!
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