More ZC1000 pics

I also have acquired another lens for the Fujica ZC1000, the 5.5mm EBC Fujinon-SW.  It’s not perfect, there are a few spots on the lens which I’m told will make the thing flare…gotta get a lens hood!  I took a few more pictures too:

I guess that so far, my plan to shoot single-8 film hasn’t worked out too well, though I hope I’ll get around to it at some point.  The problems mostly arise from not having many choices for single-8 film stock, or double super 8 film which is slit down and loaded into cartridges by hand, of course requiring a lot more hardware and room than I currently have.  So it’s all been super 8 for 3 years now.  When the time is right though, I will of course be ready, having acquired 30 reloadable Fuji single-8 cartridges, plus having a very fine camera with zoom, normal and wide angle lenses.  Or, when the Kodak super 8 camera is finally released, I’ll have plenty of c-mount lens options for that.

Going back to my first post on this camera, I wanted to make more film pictures of all my small-format motion picture cameras.  I even broke out the tripod and my 4/50 S-M-C Macro-Takumar, but then made the total n00b mistake of not resetting my ASA so I shot this entire roll of Fujicolor 200 between 500 and 800 instead of at ASA100 as I’d planned.  Live and learn I suppose, and thankfully the shots were all usable.  I’ll do more someday.

Milestone of a different kind

I don’t know exactly why, but I’m the first hit when someone Googles “Fujica ZC1000.”  Feeling lucky, it’ll send you directly to The Resurrected Camera.  And if you search just for images, mine is the first there too.  Pretty good for a camera I bought over a year and a half ago, have never used, meant to get a CLA for and never got around to doing it.

Not that I’m complaining mind you, but it’s strange to have that happen and it’s not like I’m an expert in the field of small-gauge filmmaking or the ZC1000 in particular (for that go read Ignacio’s blog).  Having the number one search result on Google is pretty significant milestone, one I didn’t see coming.

Though while we’re on the subject of the ZC1000, I did manage to track down a (somewhat rough) copy of the 1.8/5.5mm EBC Fujinon-SW lens…so wide the only focus it needs is macro.  And when I get a workflow for developing the film and reloading the single-8 cartridges, I’ll be using that baby.  But for now, the Canon is easier to deal with.

Oh, and guess what: it seems I’m the first choice for information regarding the Pakon F335 scanner as well!

Well that I can understand more I guess, but still…

Say hello to the Fujica ZC1000

edit: For some reason this post is really popular.  Thanks for finding me.  If you want some real info on the camera from a superfan but also a working filmmaker who uses the Fujica ZC1000 on a regular basis you should be looking at Ignacio Benedeti’s Life in Super 8.  He can teach you much more than I can!

Well, what’s one to do when Kodak pushes back the release date for the new super 8 camera(again), and raises the price by 166%?  Go to their bitter rivals!  The Fujica ZC1000 was the top of the line single-8 camera back in the late-’70s which makes it a contender for the best small format camera ever.  It has many die-hard fans (especially in Spain, it seems) who consider Fuji’s cartridge design to be superior to Kodak’s in image stability.

The ZC1000 is among the most full-featured cameras available in the 8mm format, fully the equal of the Beaulieu super 8 cameras (and more robust in construction, it’s said) so comparing the specs to the new Kodak camera, it holds up quite well, only wanting crystal sync and a max8 film gate.  On the plus side it has a greater range of framerates, from 12-72fps, plus single frame (and can connect to an intervalometer), and I do prefer having all controls as easily-manipulable dials and buttons, not jogwheels and menus, with an optical viewfinder.  And if you do want video assist, it’s possible.

There is a downside, of course: with Fuji no longer making single-8 film, we’re left with using long-expired cartridges, cut-down 35mm reversal stocks from Retro8 in Japan, or reloading your own cartridges with Kodak super 8 film.  At least we have that option, and that the Fuji cartridges were designed to be reusable!  I don’t know how much trouble this is going to be, but I do admire the people who are keeping the single-8 format alive any way possible, and willing to give this a go myself.

As excited as I was about the new Kodak camera, I’ll wait until  it’s close to its originally-advertised price of $750 and skip the $2000 ‘limited edition’ version coming out in a few months.  And when I do have the new Kodak super 8, it should fit in nicely to my c-mount/8mm system I’m building here.  The Fujinon zoom lens is very highly-regarded, up there with the best Schneider and Angenieux zooms you find on the Beaulieus.  I’m sure the Fujinon will look great attached to the new Kodak camera…sacrilege perhaps, so I might as well go all the way and shoot some Fuji Provia super 8 film.

As well, I picked up the 10mm Kern Switar built for the Bolex cameras, and I hope to add a few more to that collection as well.  That Switar, incidentally, like the favorable opinions of the ZC1000 itself, came from Spain, from a filmmaker with whom I’ve become friends (This short film was shot with my lens on a ZC1000).  I found a British seller on eBay selling the single-8 cartridges and bought the entire stock.  The camera itself was, strangely enough, in Northeastern Colorado!  It was a 3-hour drive there, I tested out the camera for half an hour, then drove all the way back.  Even factoring in the gas money I’m quite happy with what I paid, and now have a great 8mm setup to make the leap from still photography to motion pictures.  It’s my goal to shoot my next film with this camera, and hopefully many after it as well.

The story continues with the ZC1000: more pics here.