Posted on June 18 2012
We had a great time at Cine Gear Expo with the launch of Pro8mm’s introduction of the trendy new Rhonda Cam. Everyone who stopped by the booth could pick up a roll to shoot for free!
Named for company co-owner, The Rhonda Cam commemorates her 30th anniversary with the company. Evolved from a Canon 310 XL, this super 8 camera was originally produced from 1975-1983. It was adorned as being the world’s fastest lens speed of f/1.0, and a 3x zoom and macro shooting as close as 215 mm from the film plane mark if the zooming lever was set at “Macro.”
More than a retro throw back with a modern look; we are bringing it back because even today, it can do something no other camera can do. It has the professional application as being the lowest light film camera on the market! The f/1.0, coupled with modern film stocks such as a 500 ASA is something filmmakers need in low light situations, such as indoor weddings or studio shots.
Part of The Rhonda Cam’s appeal is it’s “toy like” appearance” in spite of the amazing pictures it can film. It measures just 7” x 4 ½ ” x 1 ¾ ”!
The camera is available with a variety of skins including animal print and camouflage. Eventually it is likely that custom skins will be available.
Rhonda states, “I wanted to design something young and fun that would appeal to a new generation of filmmakers that looked cool and was simple enough to use; a camera that they would be inclined to just pick up and shoot.” I also have heard from many of our regular clients that they have wanted a really small point and shoot super 8 camera that can be thrown into their handbag or backpack. We thought that we would be bold and come up with something really stylish that would appeal to the wedding filmmakers, and all the genres of super 8 lifestyle filmmakers we work with. I can’t wait to see it “on set” in the fashion industry, music videos, skating and boarding. I can just picture a camera on every table at a wedding, matching the décor of the event.
Pro8mm has not modified the original specs of the camera. Our team of expert camera techs have gone through and tested each camera to bring it back to factory standards, including the focus, take up and exposure The Rhonda Cam runs on two AA batteries. As a simple point and shoot super 8 camera, we anticipate that it will not be able to perform to the same extent as other cameras in our line, while being the perfect choice for certain filming situations. The Rhonda Cam has a limited range of exposure (40 and 160) During this “Beta Test” period, we will be able to determine which film stocks run best. We know from experience that certain cameras prefer certain stocks. Since we will not be increasing the pick up torques or exposure settings we will make available recommendations moving forward.
Focal Length: 8-5 – 25.5mm f/1.0 Macro Zoom
Speed: 18 FPS plus Single Frame
Power = 2-AA
Measure: 39 x 112 x 176 mm