The Canon Cine 8S
8mm Movie Camera
In 1974, responding to a "for sale" ad in a New York newspaper, I
bought a Canon 8mm movie camera from a guy in Brooklyn.
As a film student in High School, I used it extensively over the next
With interchangeable lenses and manual f-stop and focus settings, it
was the closest thing to "pro" I could afford.
Thirty-three years later, after corresponding with a camera collector
in California, I learned that my camera was
"a little more special" than I knew. It seems that Canon produced
this camera in very small numbers, and
never actually sold it at retail, opting instead for a more
elaborate variation, the turreted Cine 8T.
How that "guy in
Brooklyn" came to own a not-sold-anywhere camera will likely remain a
If you have any more information or insight into this camera, please write me.
Here is my camera, the Canon Cine Model 8S, on the left, and the first
8mm movie camera sold by Canon, the Cine 8T, on the right:
Several lenses were available ... 6.5, 13, 25, 38, 50, and 75mm.
Other than the lack of a turret, one difference between the 8S and 8T
the viewfinder on the 8S is not set up to use the 50mm lens
Another difference between the two cameras: The 8T has an additional
allows one to look through
(and focus) the
is not currently in use by the camera.
The 8S has a plugged hole
where the viewfinder would be.
This would suggest that Canon was planning to use the same
body for both the one- and two-lens models,
but then dropped the single
lens model altogether.
Here is the serial number plate on my 8S
Canon maintains a webpage
describing the 8T
, which includes a mention of the 8S:
"A lower class camera, the Canon 8S with a simpler viewfinder and
without a turret, was also designed, but it was not marketed."
Canon has another page with some insight on the history
of the development
of their first 8mm movie camera.
Scroll down halfway through this last Canon camera
for another mention of the 8T's
Here are pictures of 8T advertising, found on the Canon site.
There is of course no marketing for the
There is an
that goes into more detail on the 8T. Take