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Eclair ACL Bolex Forum and ACL Motors
I knocked around the idea of starting a Bolex list/forum, but with this
list, the Super 8mm list, and my other obligations I just don't have the
time. Frankly it's tough starting one of these things and making it
thrive. When you narrow things down to a specific camera like the
Bolex, it's difficult to keep a sustained discussion going. As the List
Mum, I have no problem with someone discussing cameras other than the
ACL. If you have an Aaton, Beaulieu, or Bolex feel free to post a
question or start a thread about those cameras. All that I ask that you
specify in your subject line the make of camera you are addressing.
This is to be fair to the majority of list members who joined because
this is the Eclair ACL forum. That way they can bypass any messages
that aren't specific to the ACL. I own a Bolex myself and I would be
more than willing to jump into a discussion on that camera. Who knows
maybe if we get enough people on the list talking about the Bolex, you
could spin off a Bolex list.
To answer your question on using your Angie zoom with a Bolex I believe
you are okay above an f 3.2 Below that and I think you will perceive
some distortion because it's not an RX lens. Honestly I don't know much
when it comes to optics, but it has something to do with the collimation
of RX lenses to correct for the beamsplitter prism. Apparently above f
3.2 it becomes a non-factor. Why I don't know. Somebody like Les
Bosher could probably explain things a little better. He's no stranger
to a collimation bench.
Keep in mind this is all academic. Real world experience has told me
that you can often get away with things that the books say you can't.
Test it out and see what happens.
Rafael was asking about ACL aftermarket motors. At this time I only
know of two sources for new ACL motors. One is the Tobin TXM-25A at
http://www.tobincinemasystems.com/ and a prototype Xtal motor being
developed by Robert Latimer at http://www.themoviehouse.fsnet.co.uk/
Both Clive Tobin and Robert are nice fellas and can answer any questions
you might have about there motor designs.
Gotta go pay the Tax Man.
ps. Kurt, I caught your name over at John Longenecker's Super 8 site in
connection with Nizo camera services in Germany? If you are still
involved with that please drop me a line off-list and let's talk. I
have a spanky Nizo 4056 I'd like to get looked at.
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