Which film gauge do you use the most at home ?

#1 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:58 pm

I use 16mm mostly as I feel it is somehow "just right" for home shows these days.
Also the overall quality of the film prints are a great deal more consistent and sharper than most 8mm copies.
8mm prints are extremely variable quality wise and can look a bit softer and flatter as regards the definition.
Whats your thoughts and experiences ?
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#2 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:04 pm

Strictly 8mm for me, as I have not made the leap into 16mm...yet!


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#3 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:44 pm

Oh that's a shame as I think you will love 16mm prints at home.


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#4 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:53 pm

I prefer 16mm; I originally got into Super 8 because it was the guage at that time, standard 8 was on its way out. Due to the restrictions of my living room, where I watch my films, to fill a 50 inch screen with my Eumig, I had to have the lens at maximum aperture. The edges of the picture were always slightly out of focus. Maybe it's because toy projectors were sold with Standard 8 film, that I always looked on the 8mm guage as not much more than a toy; the poor mans cine, although a poor man couldn't afford it. The quality of the prints was variable, and I didn'y like films being edited, or having the original titles replaced. Although there was something in the catalogues to suit all tastes, you were restricted by what the distributors wanted to issue. With 16mm there are no restrictions; in theory, you could obtain any title from the 1920s to around 2006.



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#5 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:57 pm

My 'home' might end up being the doghouse if I buy any more machines this year! Out of the ten I've acquired in 12 months, I have donated one and junked four (not a good track record for me). At least those bad ones are "off the streets", so to speak, for future collectors.



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#6 by Vidar Olavesen , Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:24 pm

I probably use Super 8 a little more than 16mm, but I do prefer the 16mm due to length on each reel and quality. 16mm is a superb format that's easy to handle, especially with the lovely Elmo 16-CL slot load


 
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#7 by Steve Bales , Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:46 am

I use 35mm mostly at home because the sound is so much better! I also have two 16mm projectors set up but those dont get used as much these days.


 
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#8 by Joe Taffis , Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:50 am

super 8


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RE: Which film gauge do you use the most at home ?

#9 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:55 am

I see a nice mix of film gauges in use all round. Great stuff !
Keep those reels of film spinning.


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