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RE: Eclair ACL France v England
Are we talking about ACL's here or six hundred years of bad cross
Channel blood? If you ask me they are virtually the same camera. Add a
few parts (HD motor, ACL II embase, large handgrip) and I defy anyone to
tell 'em apart from a distance. English or French? Either way it's a
great camera. I'm glad this thread came up. Hopefully it will debunk
this whole myth once and for all. I see the same thing with the
Arriflex SR 1. You often see them advertised with "German electronics!"
or "English electronics!" (or maybe it's French???). Is there really a
difference? Probably not.
I love French cine cameras. I have a weakness for Beaulieu super 8 cams
as well. I also think the English ACL mag design is a swell feat of
engineering. I use them on my ACL and they work beautifully. I have an
Arriflex M that I refuse to part with. Who gives a flip if your camera
is French, English, Swiss, Russian, German, American, or Martian. Just
go out and shoot a movie with it.
Now to answer Larry's question. As far as I know any 35mm SLR lens
should cover the 16mm frame no problem, and will probably cover the
super 16 frame as well. All you need is the correct adaptor and you are
in business. One of the beautiful features of the ACL is it's ability
to use such a wide range of lenses. The economical route is to get an
adaptor with a C-mount to whatever flavor SLR lens you prefer. The
C-mount adaptors can be had cheap at sources like B and H Photo in NYC.
About $30 a pop last I checked. Personally I think this approach is
only suitable for light duty useage or in a pinch. If you are going to
be doing numerous lens changes or mounting heavy, longer focal length
lenses then I recommend getting a custom built adaptor that fits into
the TS screw mount on the ACL. It's far more sturdy and you don't have
to worry about back focus problems like you do with the C-mount. I have
an adaptor for PL lenses and I love it. Les Bosher builds them and he
can fabricate an adaptor for just about any lens mount your heart
desires. To see one of his PL adaptors go to his website at
Ray the List Mum
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