• GETTING STARTED: If you've decided to shoot in super 8, or are interested in learning more about how to start, then we have the information for you. If you want to shoot and project super 8 films it's not very expensive to start. All you really need to start with is a camera, film and a good projector.

  • CAMERA: Expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $40 for a decent camera. Try to find one with a zoom lens and a built in light meter will save you from having to go out and buy a handheld one. Handheld meters start at around $150 dollars, new. We advise you to buy a new one because old ones may not function properly and there's no way to be sure of this until you test them. Super 8 cameras can only be found used, because they are no longer manufactured. Either borrow a camera from a friend or get one at a garage sale, flea market or good thrift shop. If anyone trys to sell you a super 8 camera for more than $40, chances are they're trying to rip you off.

  • PROJECTOR: Now that you've got your camera it's time to find a good projector. The key is to find one with a good bulb. Some bulbs are also more expensive then others and some types are no longer manufactured. Make sure you don't a buy a projector that takes $20 bulbs. You'll be spending money you don't need to. Check the projector lens too, find a sharp one with no cracks or scratches. Expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $50 bucks for a good used projector.

  • FILM STOCK: The next thing on your list should be FILM. Typically, super 8mm film costs about $28cdn or $20 US for 1 roll or 3.5 min kodachrome with processing. When you buy your camera, buy black and white film stock to test the camera.

  • EDITTING EQUIPMENT: Finally, you may also need a film edittor for your super 8 films. By far they are the hardest equipment to find. Try Flea markets, as well as garage sales. We've had the best luck finding them there for our companies use. Good luck in your hunt for equipment.