Have to say on this,
I mainly collect super 8 and have done for 39 years now, my Brother even longer,
I came into 16mm around 28 years ago by luck. My ex mother in law use to work at a school and when they got rid of there 16mm B & H she bought it home and gave it me. It was a TQ3 specialist. An excellent machine. I bought a few films to use it, Sweeney2, Freebie and the Bean and Rock for Kampuchea, (i regret selling these BIG Time), Eventually my little ones came along so super 8 was what i concentrated on, Roll on many years later i brought a bigger house for us all but although i expanded hugely on super 8 the 16mm remained stagnant, in fact i sold off all three films to raise a little cash, stupid decision as i had a projector with nothing to view.
Then one of my old lecturers came into work one day and asked if i still collected "those old film things", i replied yes and he took me to the boot of his car and took out an Eiki NT1. I took it home and my goodness it was like a sewing machine. For the size of this projector it is quite when correctly adjusted and serviced, i was very surprised just how quite this one was. The bell and Howell was much noisier and not a projector i enjoyed sitting next to, the B & H was eventually given away, (another stupid error on my part).
As you may know we have recently enjoyed a bit of re-surge in 16mm film collecting but for these reasons,
There are tons of these projectors about, they appear to be relatively simple to put right and parts are still around for them so there life is looking pretty good at this moment in time.
There are so many more titles available on 16mm but like super 8 you have to be careful because of fade but if you purchase from the right sources you can pick some stunning quality films that are just simply not on super 8 or ever have been or will be. The sharpness of the prints are always, (in our cases) pin sharp,.
At present in my current home i am lucky to have a whole lower ground floor, it contains my film den, a well ventilated garage, under stair storage and even a bog for those interval we wee's , oh yes, and a washing machine for the Mrs in the lower ground walk-through
Sound wise, you will all recall a thread i put up on here about "where optical super 8 prints came from". I have a 1200HD with magnetic and optical playback and i later got rid of all my optical prints due to the sound in my opinion being crap. There was always hiss, pops and shite sound, generally very tinny, my Pioneer amp improved it no end but it was still pretty poor, although spaceballs was pretty good, as well as this the films are edited for a more general audience, one of my pet hates. The article mentions that the optical sound on 8mm films being like this is due to some extra process that 16mm prints all have but 8mm films didn't. The company didn't think it worth it for 8mm, The result is simple,
The optical sound on all of our 16mm prints is excellent every time, very high volume, good tone and bass and i dont need to put it through an amp.
I never compare the two gauges as at the end of the day they are completely different beasts, projector noise is different from model to model as they are in super 8, when i plug in a Eumig the motor is whining in the bulb pre heat stage before you even switch it to run to load up a film. I sit next to the Elf and yes it is noisier than my Elmo 1200HD but i take Billy Parsons advice and place a good thick piece of foam under that front foot and it makes things quite different when using the two tier standard stand. You loose that droning you get.
For me collecting 16 will be a little restricted as we do only want 20 good films at most, (it will probably go to 25/30), but as an example of why i went into it look at these titles,
Blue Thunder, polyester colour print, no fade superb booming sound,
Cromwell, no fade polyester print
Waterloo scope Agfa print, (on the way) The stirring music on this is excellent,
Two episodes of Minder, not a mark on either great colour polyester prints
Hannie Caulder 1st class print on the way, £85 no fade and full feature, not abridged
Episodes of The Professionals, Dr in the house, Wyatt Earp,Happy Days, Mash, Happy Days
Kidnapped 1st class scope colour print, again uncut, not abridged
All that Jazz, (The only fading film we have but are selling soon)
Cross of Iron, full feature, excellent colour polyester print,
Pork Chop Hill,Korean war film, uncut.
These films are not to everyone's taste but they are for my Brother and I. Hopefully we will be looking out for some 80s titles and will almost certainly be getting items that wont be available on super 8 unfortunately, but i say fly that cine flag for all gauges
So this is why we have started to look into 16,
In 2018 we are looking at our collection to raise money for Blackpool next year all being well, 8mm will be my main stay for the reasons of many of us, space.