Bauer S 709 XL Microcomputer

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Bauer S 709 XL Microcomputer

Year: 1979 - 1982

Sound or silent cartridges

Auto / Manual Zoom with 2 Speeds

Split Image Focusing

Macro focusing

Manual / Auto Exposure

ASA range: 25/40 ASA or 100/160 ASA (filter/no filter)

Frame rates: 9, 18, 24, 40 + single frame

Shutter degree: 200

Backlight Control


Lap dissolve

Interval timer with 1/4-60 second intervals

Remote control socket

Flash contact

Weight: 2200 g

Auto / Manual Recording Level Control

6 X 1,5V batteries + No separate battery for light meter


Same as Bauer S 715 XL Microcomputer but with a different good lowlight lens.

This camera is one of the last generation of Super 8 cameras, and accepts film speeds of ASA 40 or 160 only, neither of which are available nowadays. The camera lightmeter will not set exposure properly with the Kodak Ektachrome 64T film without manual adjustment (by default it overexposes by 2/3 stop), the instruction manual states that it only senses two ASA settings from cartridge notches. You should set exposure manually when using this film.

  1. Like every BAUER: According to test and info of the instruction manual it can only meter 40 and 160 ASA in artificial light with the corresponding 25 and 100 ASA in daylight.
  2. The original, unmodified camera can not run the Ektachrome 64T automatically.

Modifications (lightmeter, external battery) see:

Here are instructions on how to adjust the sensitivity of the exposure meter: Bauer: how to adjust S715XL meter. Warning: if sensitivity is changed generally the 25/40/100/160 ASA films will be underexposed!


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