|Place||Asia: Vietnam, Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau|
|Object type||Optical equipment|
|Physical description||Aluminium, Glass, Steel|
C-8 Converter lens for Canon Super movie camera: Corporal Graham Lloyd Hale, 9 Squadron, RAAF
Converter Lens (14-70mm) for Canon Super 8 (8mm film) with a steel sliding lens hood. The converter converts the existing lens, a F1.8 zoom with a 9.5mm - 47.5 mm capacity, to a super-telephoto zoom lens of 14mm to 70 mm capacity.
Canon Super 8 movie camera used by Corporal (later Warrant Officer) Graham Lloyd Hale, born Brisbane on 14 July 1938, while serving with 9 Squadron RAAF at Vung Tau, South Vietnam from May 1968 to May 1969; he bought the camera in Hong Kong while on R&R leave in November 1968. Hale had previously served with 79 Squadron, based at Ubon, Thailand operating CAC Sabres from November 1965 until October 1966 under service number A15512 and was mustered as an electrical fitter with the rank of corporal.
Hale mainly used the Canon Super 8 at work while maintaining UH-1H Iroquois helicopters and modifying Iroquois to "Bushranger" gunship configuration. This camera was used to film footage which was used in the 1987 Channel 0 Brisbane production "Brothers in Arms". An example of a UH1-H Iroquois Bushranger gunship helicopter which served with 9 Squadron is held in the collection at REL45529.
Because of it ease of use, the zoom facility and the cassettes used for replacement film, the Canon Super 8 enjoyed a much popularity after its release in 1967, and was used by a number of servicemen in Vietnam.