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Yes, you can still use Regular 16. When and if you choose to etch your ground
glass permanently, you'll have 2 choices --- a pattern that shows the
Regular-16 area inside of the Super-16 full aperature, or a pattern that
shows HDTV/1.85. Personally, I'd take the latter and just pencil in the
Regular-16 area for as long as you require it, since it is going obsolete.
Then you can just wash the R-16 marking off with alcohol on a Q-Tip without
even having to remove the g.g. from the camera. Hopefully Super-16 should be
around for the foreseeable future. Of the 4 major networks, 2 plan to adopt
the 1125i standard, and 2 the 720p standard. That should keep producers
scared of committing to HD for a while longer.
The tech most mentioned is Bernie O'Doherty. I don't know how many he has
actually done. Once the kits leave my hands I rarely ever hear back from
anyone -- I guess that's a good sign, but doesn't give me much info. Bernie
can also have the ground glass etching done. His info is on my site at:
www.members.aol.com/super16acl on the Techs page
Why don't you e-mail him before buying the kit to get a quote, and to get his
opinion on the kit.
I understand that the Zeiss can be modified (it becomes a 12-120) for about
$2500. Check with Century Precision Optical in Burbank, CA, or I think Zeiss
will even do it (although they may charge more).
I'll put a kit aside, although since Sept 11 it has been very quiet. Just let
me know. Mark.
PS - I'm posting this to the topica site, but without the mention of a tech,
as many techs are also members on topica.
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