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Chinon 505XL Super 8 Camera


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The Chinon 505XL Super 8 Camera, available today at Camera Crate, is a stellar mid-level option that combines versatility with precision. Crafted with care and equipped with outstanding features, this Chinon super 8 camera is a must-have for filmmakers and enthusiasts looking to elevate their Super 8 filmmaking experience.

Featuring a Chinon Reflex Zoom lens with a bright f/1.2 aperture and a zooming ratio of 5x, this camera ensures your shots are crisp, clear, and vibrant. With a focal range from 8mm to 40mm and manual focusing capabilities, you have the creative freedom to frame your scenes with precision. The lens also boasts an under and over-exposure warning signal in the viewfinder, helping you achieve the perfect exposure.

The Chinon 505XL offers both auto (variable speed) and manual zooming options, providing flexibility in capturing your vision. Its auto exposure control, powered by a TTL EE system with a CdS cell, guarantees consistent and accurate exposure, even in challenging lighting conditions. The camera’s built-in 85A filter for color correction ensures your footage retains its natural colors.

This camera is designed with user-friendly features in mind, including a built-in Neutral Density filter with a dial, perfect for managing different lighting scenarios. The eXisting Light system, with a 220-degree shutter opening angle, allows for smooth and cinematic motion capture. You can also enjoy creative transitions with the auto fade-in/fade-out function.

The Chinon 505XL Super 8 Camera is powered by 6 x AA batteries, ensuring you’re always ready to capture the moment. The battery check button and the option for a 9V DC battery charge jack (not included) provide added convenience and peace of mind during your shoots. With a sturdy build and a tripod socket for stability, this camera is your gateway to Super 8 filmmaking excellence. Upgrade your filmmaking gear with the Chinon 505XL, available now at Camera Crate.

  • Lens: Chinon Reflex Zoom f: 1.2 \ F: 8-40 mm
  • Zooming ratio: 5x
  • Focusing: manual, 1.5 m to infinity
  • Zooming: auto (variable speed) and manual
  • Viewfinder information: under and over-exposure warning signal
  • Exposure: auto exposure control; TTL EE, CdS cell
  • Backlight control button: yes
  • Film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA only (daylight/tungsten)
  • CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, removable with movie light
  • ND filter: built-in Neutral Density filter, with dial
  • Filming speed: 18fps
  • Shutter opening angle: 220 degrees eXisting Light system
  • Fading: auto fade-in/fade-out
  • Remote control socket: yes
  • Film drive motor: DC micromotor
  • Battery check button: yes
  • Power source: 6 x AA batteries only
  • Battery charge jack: 9 V DC
  • Weight: 1970 g
  • Dimensions: 82.8 x 220 x 224 mm
  • Tripod socket: 1/4″

Every camera we sell is vigorously inspected by our team. Our ten-part inspection method includes the following checks:

  1. Lens - we check for any mould, dust, haze, dirt, cracks and air bubbles. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining are noted.
  2. Zoom – we inspect both manual and power zoom work smoothly. Any issues are noted.
  3. Focus – we check that manual focus is smooth and works well. If automatic focus is included as a feature that is also checked.
  4. Motor / Claw – we check that the motor runs smoothly at all advertised speeds and that the film claw has sufficient torque to advance film.
  5. Filmgate – this is inspected and any dirt or hair is removed.
  6. Lightmeter – the lightmeter is inspected to ensure it automatically reacts correctly to light. Manual aperture control and/or backlight is also checked if included as a feature.
  7. Viewfinder – we inspect for mould, dust and haze or damage. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining is noted.
  8. Battery terminals - we inspect for rust/corrosion, cleaning and repairing where needed.
  9. Body – where possible we clean any imperfections. Any remaining cosmetic damage is noted.
  10. Additional Features – all additional model specific features (such as timelapse or crossfade) are checked for functionality.

Unless specifically mentioned in the product description, all items sold through our website have passed the above inspection and are fully working. With thousands of sales under our belt and 3000+ positive reviews our customers have found that our inspections are comprehensive and correctly reflect the condition of the camera. In the unlikely case that there is an issue, we offer a full 60 day warranty – allowing you plenty of time to check the camera yourself.


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Where we sell vintage products that have been used and loved for many years, all our items are vigorously inspected by our team of experts before listing. Unless noted otherwise, all our items have been fully tested and are working correctly and come with 30 day no-quibble returns and a  full 60 day warranty – we believe this will give you enough time to test the product for yourself to ensure you’re happy with it.

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