Bauer, Braun Nizo and Canon all have very good models that can be found for £50. But I'd scratch around in the freeads papers rather than ebay as everything on ebay seems to fetch a premium. I got a Canon 814XL for thirty quid from the Admag which is a fantastic little camera.
I've kept a lookout on a cool little website called Gumtree, hopefully something will come up. I don't know what it is about super 8, but the look and feel is so warm and suprisingly full of energy, 'cute' in a way. Long live super 8!
It is true that alot of the cameras on Ebay fetch premium prices, but in the past I've used 4 different Super 8 cameras for different projects - and have gotten 3 of them from Ebay for less than £5.00 each. You just need to be lucky with the timing etc.
As far as condition goes, you have to take the sellers word on it. But most of the ones I've bought have been just old cameras left in peoples lofts etc, the worst damage I've had is someone leaving batteries in for several years and acid leaking, although the camera stills works and the lens etc is fine.
As Shane said, have a look around - the free ads are good, as is gumtree and even charity shops, my brother picked up a great Canon from a British Heart Foundation shop for £15.00 in a nice 70's case too!
Clockwork is a good mechanism, I have used a clockwork Bolex 16mm and super 16mm camera. As well as being alot smaller, back in the day it was the better camera to use for guerilla and documentary filmmaking. I know they took the clockwork Bolex's up Everest when the only alternative was a 16mm or 36mm with a huge battery pack.
I've never seen a clockwork super 8 camera however, would love to know what it was called, sounds great.
I take it the sound is captured elsewhere and then synced up in the edit. Or am I wrong? I've only ever shot on digital and would really really love to shoot on film. But I don't know much about formats or how you would go about editing something that's been shot on film.
"I take it the sound is captured elsewhere and then synced up in the edit. Or am I wrong? "
Yes, you would record sound on some sort of audio sound recording device, super 8 cameras tend to be pretty loud so you'd either have to be careful with mic placement, use a barney or blimp on the camera or record non sync sound, that is, sound recorded when the camera isnt rolling and try and sync it up after.
"I've only ever shot on digital and would really really love to shoot on film. But I don't know much about formats or how you would go about editing something that's been shot on film."
Super 8mm or 16mm are the entry level film formats. super 8 is easier in that the film comes pre loaded in a cartride, whereas 16mm you will be fiddling around in the dark loading the camera, a cheap 16mm camera will generally be something like a wind up bolex, which are great fun, but like super 8 cameras, pretty noisy. After you send the film to be processed you get it digitalised, either pay the lab to telecine it or get a projector, project it onto a wall and film it then whack it on ye olde computer and edit in fcp or adobe or whatever.
film is fun but can be expensive best to read as much as you can about it (even though it may seem boring) learn about exposure etc although at the end of the day best is to shoot shoot shoot and learn from your mistakes
yes m m mag stripe film, you could also cut by hand as well if you wanted to go old school, i just avoided leaving a long message because i think i scared off the last person who asked about super 8. here is a lovely super 8 website to browse homepage.mac.com/onsuper8/