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    Default 16 mm camera or HD

    If i were to buy an older 16 mm camera would it be to much work to get it onto my computer to edit? How would I do this if I did? I love the way 16 mm shots look. Do they have a slow motion setting? Would an HD camera be a better bet? All of them are really expensive though. Cheapest one I found was 900 dollars.
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    For most I would think cost is the main thing. With 16mm film you are paying, say, 100 quid for a small reel of film, then you would have to pay again for a digital transfer.

    The 'look' of film can be duplicated by processing of the raw hd footage and for most this is the only affordable option.

    Having said that I know what you mean about film. I am considoring having a play with super 8 just cos of the look and for the fun of it.

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    As Mark says 100 gets you a roll of nearly 11 minutes worth of footage, then theres processing then theres the telecine process. Probably puts another 300 ish on the bill without the services of a colourist. Also to have HD perspective you will need Super 16 - Normal 16mm will give you 4:3. Then if you want sound you'll need a synced camera that runs ultra quietly, most are MOS and sound like sewing machines reving up, and seperate recording devices. For slow mo you'll need a camera with changeable shutter angles and these only come on the more expensive ones. To get into 16mm is going to work out a lot more expensive than buying a prosumer Sony Z1 or Panasonic HVX 200. But the footage shot on the 16mm will look wonderful compared to what the prosumers will record

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