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8mm Movie Projector

P- 8 [A] [J]
Marketed April 1958
Original Price 49,000 yen (w/25mm f/1.5)

This was Canon’s first 8mm movie projector. It was developed to be used with the CINE 8-T, an 8mm movie camera (launched in 1956).

The concept of the P-8 was: 1. Full specifications but compact body; 2. Easy operation; 3. Does not damage film; 4. Low power consumption but sufficient brightness; 5. Projection possible even when voltage falls; 6. Can be connected to a tape recorder. While satisfying the above specifications, a design portraying feelings of mechanical precision, solidity and beautiful configuration was realized.

A 100V, 500W projection lamp was used as the light source. Together with a newly developed 25mm f/1.5 lens consisting of four lens elements and a condenser lens consisting of 2 elements, it achieved the brightness equivalent to 750W.

Acceptable Film Regular 8 type 8mm film
Aperture Size 3.3 x 4.4 mm
Film Type Switching Not available (Regular 8 only)
Projection Lens P-8 25 mm f/1.5
Projection Lamp 100V 500W
Pilot Lamp Not available
Film Loading Manual loading
Standard Projection Speed 16 fps
Projection Speed Adjustable Range Approx. 16 - 24 fps
Still Projection Possible
Slow Motion Projection Not possible
Reverse Projection Possible
Take-up Reel Capacity Approx. 120 m (400 ft)
Rewinding Manual start
Rewinding Time Unknown
Others Wide screen projection using an anamorphotic attachment is possible.
Power Source AC 100 V 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption 600W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 150 x 200 x 280 mm
Weight 4600 g