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Sankyo Sound XL-60S Super 8 camera outfit with many accessories

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This Sankyo Sound XL-60S is a superb super 8 film camera with an unusually bright and large viewfinder and great low light performance. It features a sharp and fast 7.5-40mm f1.2 lens. Super 8 sound film is somewhat tricky to find nowadays but this is an excellent camera for use with normal (silent) super 8 cartridges. As a rule, 'sound' Super 8 cameras are built to high standards because they require tight speed deviation tolerances and this camera is no exception. This is the full outfit with the following accessories:

  • Sankyo Sound XL-60S  camera
  • original carrying case (very nice! It's blue corduroy-lined and fits everything tidily)
  • auxiliary battery pack (takes 6 C type batteries which aren't included) which is particularly useful for extreme cold weather shooting and long shoots were many cartridges are used
  • telescoping condenser microphone
  • remote trigger release
  • earphones
  • original lens cap
  • rubber lens shade

This camera requires six AA batteries (not included) or six C batteries (not included) if you use the included auxiliary battery pack.


Condition notes
The camera was barely used by its original owner and is superb aesthetic condition with the only noteworthy cosmetic flaw being a small missing plastic decorator (which we replaced with leatherette see photos). The camera is in excellent working condition with a very bright and clean viewfinder. We tested the camera's motor with a film cartridge and verified its focal plane focus accuracy. The included accessories are all in very good (seemingly unused) condition. We weren't able to test the condenser microphone. 

Specs (Source: https://www.filmkorn.org/super8data//database/cameras_list/cameras_sankyo/cameras_sankyo.htm)

Sankyo Sound XL-60S
  • marketed in 1975
  • sound and silent super 8 cartridge
  • lens: Sankyo Zoom Macro f: 1.2 \ F: 7.5-45 mm
  • zooming ratio: 6x
  • focusing: manual, split image
  • macro focusing: yes
  • zooming: auto and manual
  • viewfinder: single-lens reflex with adjustable eyepiece
  • exposure: auto and manual exposure control; TTL EE, CdS cell
  • EE lock: yes
  • film speed: auto for 25/40 and 100/160 ASA (daylight/tungsten)
  • CCA filter: built-in 85A filter, with filter control switch
  • backlight control button: yes
  • filming speed: 18, 24 fps
  • shutter opening angle: 220 degrees
  • sound: single-system, magnetic recording on super 8 film
  • recording level control: auto (High, Normal)
  • sound sockets: Monitor, Microphone, Auxiliary
  • cue light: yes
  • remote control socket: yes
  • cable release socket: yes
  • movie light socket: yes
  • film counter: yes
  • handle: fixed, chamber for penlight batteries
  • battery check button: yes
  • film drive motor: DC micromotor
  • power source: 6 x AA batteries only
  • external power jack: 9 V DC
  • weight: 1950 g
  • dimensions: 69 x 227 x 255 mm
  • tripod socket: 1/4"
  • made in Japan by Sankyo Seiki