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last modification: february 10th, 2012

Single-8 a wonderful film - my favorite, but will be past

The film from Fuji was made on a polyesterbase - is thinner, more flexible, more resistant against age, with less noise during projection  than acetatfilms (Kodak Super8). FUJI makes some Single8 films. The format is the same as Super8 and fits also into the same projectors. Only the cartridge is different. So you need other cameras - mostly from Fujica. All  Fujica´s Single8 cameras makes very good, crisp pictures with differences depending from optics.

Single 8 cameras have a filmpressureplate and makes crisp, sharp pictures which are usable for lowcost TV productions !

cardridge compartment on left side with integrated pressure plate -like DS8 or 16mm cameras

Fujichrome RT25N and RT200N are daylight balanced reversal films - NO daylightfilter is required. During daylight the 25 ASA film is comparable to Kodaks old Moviechrome 40 but has finer grain! Also the 200 ASA daylight reversal film had fine grain and was good for a lot of tasks in lowlight or sports, never possible with Super8. Unknown for Super8 users: bargain soundstriping is possible by Fuji/Japan during film processing!

The worldknown extraordinary quality of FUJINON lenses and cameras is also to find in Single-8 cine cameras. FUJICA produces and sells cameras and films in Japan and Asia still today. Some few filmshops in US and Europe sells these too. Unlimited rewind/double exposure possibility + filmpressure plate for sharp pictureframes are advantages. Some cameras have variable shutter, sync connector and a lot of more......

Many formerly FUJICA cameras are made for simple usage to prevent users from overcharge. But every FUJICA had to make high quality pictures! Fujica has not followed the “unholy” trend for large zoomfactors or a lot of electronics and switches! FUJICA´s Single-8 cameras are made for usage - not for your personal image. 

Some cameras are very tiny:  made for outdoor, party usage or for children, but with: good lenses and lowlight shutters of 220° - sometimes with manual zoom. The lightmeter of very old cameras (P1, P2, Z1 or others) works with 1.35V PX625 or 2.7V PX14 (=2xPX625) mercury cells. Newer cameras do not need this stuff.

Cameras for lowlight (220° or 230° X shutter - mostly sound cams) or with variable shutter (0-160°) are made. Fujica´s product names are often confusing. Sound cameras with similar names to silent cameras have not the same technical features and are mostly very simple.

The semi- professional cameras are solid made - very good craftsmanship! The professional highend is: Fujica Z800 or the extraordinary ZC1000. with C-mountable lens.

professional FUJICA Z800















Sync recording socket


Zoom (manual):




Zoom (auto):


Wired romote control


Distance up from:

1.2 m

cable release:


split screen focusing


Camera battery:

4 x 1,5V AA

Exposure control:


Ext. charger socket:


emulsion speed set 25 until 400 ASA




Auto (lens) exposure:



1.4 kg

Manual override:




Daylight/Artificial filter:

Wratten 85



Frame Rates:

1, 18, 24, 36



Fade-in, Fade-out

varable shutter



variable shutter




lap dissolve/ overfading unlimited:

rewind manual



compact FUJICA Z800 a pocket of my jacket/coat I had found surprisingly very often this tiny P300. Fine camera with 1.8/10.5-27.5 manual zoom, lowlight shutter and rewind feature.(optional crank). for surprise shootings.

I have to say: I do not like seperate batteries for metering:  it´s also a modified camera!

Since 2007 Fuji-Film do not sell any longer their Single8 filmcartridges outside Japan .

This is a bad fact, but not a real thing to put your camera into a museum.

Many filmmakers and enthusiasts not only in Japan uses these fine professional cameras. Worldwide there are companies producing there own Super8 filmcartridges with different filmmaterial from Kodak, Fuji and Fomapan. For them it should be easy to fit the same material into the (easy and cheap to produce) Single8 cartridge...... 

In future the different processing labs worldwide will be interested to get also this Single8 market which was totally controlled by Fuji Labs in Japan. This is the reason the Single8 has  good chances to be continued.....


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