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Bell and Howell 492 Super 8 movie camera

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The Bell and Howell Model 492 Focus-matic is a simple, lightweight Super 8 movie camera from the early 1970s. It features a nice 12.5-25m f2.8 zoom lens. We recommend the following Kodak Super 8 film types for this camera: Ektachrome 100D (color reversal), Tri-X 7266 (black and white reveral), Vision 3 50D (color negative for sunny outdoor conditions), and Vision 3 200T (color negative with for indoor use).

For critical focusing, the camera includes a feature called 'focus-matic' which is a type of mechanical rangefinder. To use it, just look at the subject through the camera's viewfinder, angle the camera downward so you're looking at the base of the subject, press the 'focus-matic' button and the focusing distance will be displayed. 

This camera requires four AAA batteries (not included) which power both the film motor and automatic exposure.

Condition notes

The camera is excellent aesthetic and functional condition. We confirmed the motor is operating smoothly by running a cartridge through it (we did not get it developed however) and we observed the light meter/aperture is responding correctly to light. Film plane focus accuracy and sharpness was verified on an auto-collimator.


Specs (according to https://www.filmkorn.org/super8data/)

  • design: 492-F
  • silent super 8 cartridge
  • lens: B&H Zoom f: 2.8 \ F: 12.5-25 mm
  • zooming ratio: 2x
  • focusing: manual, trigonometric distance scale (Focus-Matic)
  • zooming: auto and manual
  • filter size: ?
  • viewfinder: reflex with adjustable eyepiece
  • viewfinder information: correct exposure LED (green), under-exposure LED (red)
  • exposure: fully auto exposure control; not TTL Electric Eye
  • film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA (daylight/tungsten)
  • ASA notching:1-pin
  • CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, with filter cancellation key
  • filming speed: 18 fps
  • shutter opening angle: <180 degrees
  • sound: no
  • remote control socket: no
  • cable release socket: no
  • movie light socket: kodak type
  • film couter: 1-15 mm
  • handle: retractable
  • film drive motor: DC micromotor
  • power source: 4 x AAA batteries only
  • weight: 680 g
  • dimensions: 65 x 200 x 180 mm \ 65 x 200 x 105 mm
  • tripod socket: 1/4"
  • made in Japan by Bell & Howell