Beaulieu 1008 XL

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Beaulieu 1008 XL

Year: 1978

Lens: Schneider 1,2 / 7 - 45 mm

Auto / Manual Zoom with 2 Speeds

Dichroid Focusing

Macro focusing

Manual / Auto Exposure

Frame rates: 9, 18, 24, 36 + single frame

25-250 ASA Daylight, 40-400 ASA Tungsten (according to the manual - the camera itself only seem to differ between 40, 160 and 400 ASA Tungsten and 25, 100 and 250 ASA Daylight)

Shutter degree: 225

Backlight Control

+/- correction for auto


Remote control socket

Flash contact

Weight: 1800 g

Auto / Manual Recording Level Control

Instruction manual: download here, free registration required

Prices on eBay:

  • eBay USA:
    • $425 in 08/1999
  • eBay Germany:
    • EUR 23,82 (+ EUR 7,50 shipping) eBay 10/2005
    • EUR 35,50 (+ EUR 7,10 shipping) eBay 10/2005



The cheaper model of Beaulieu, but with deluxe features. No changeable C-mount lens. Solid, underrated and undervalued. Has flash plug for double system sound. Beaulieu lens.
Made in Japan, probably by Chinon (while other sources like Lossau's "Filmkameras"-book claim that the camera was made in a Japanese plant owned/operated by B&H and J. Osawa & Co.)

A German manual is available in this wiki: User Manual for Beaulieu 1008 XL (German)


The 1008XL deserves more attention than it has gotten. Chinon's top model, it is similar to deluxe Bell and Howell sound cameras, but with Beaulieu-designed extras thrown in.

Originally sold with a set of accessories, including an intervalometer and chest pod, this camera is top ranked. Sharp Beaulieu lens-- the same as later 6XXX models-- relies upon dichroic focusing instead of the conventional rangefinder. Not only is it a large camera by itself, but the supplied lens hood is a classic-- it's immense and imposing.

Solid and hefty, this one's a keeper.

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