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RE: Eclair Cameras: Eclair + Nikon

Hey Mark.

I haven't seen you post in awhile ( I remember you as a fellow Beaulieu R-16 to Eclair ACL shooter) I've just been shooting 100ft daylight loads, so I can't help you with the a-minima loads. What I can say, though, is just like the Beaulieu, it just takes a few times to master loading. Anyhow, I saw your lens question. If you have a good Nikon adapter, you'll be MUCH happier with your results using the Nikons. I have some Zeiss superspeeds and Nikon's, and the Nikon's are as sharp, and in some respects better--in the few tests I've done. There's a catch, though. They do not perform as well wide-open as the Zeiss's, and more importantly, you can only use the Nikon's from 24mm and up. Otherwise, there is too much glass since you are using a superwide fish-eye Nikon--the contrast is not going to be good. Also, make sure that you get "manual focus" Nikon's. The loose build quality on the Auto focus lenses can make the image jump like a jack-rabbit. Also, and this is very important, Nikon makes "AI (older)" and AIS (newer)" manual focus lenses. Get the "AI" lenses. The reason is that the focusing scale on the the "AI" lenses is closer to 180 degrees, verses, 90 degrees, just like on cine lenses. Meaning, it takes twice as long on the "AI" lenses to focus from 1ft to infinity. Why is this important? It means that you have finer control in focusing. Twice as much space between 2ft and 3ft etc.

So I would suggest getting Nikon's from 24mm and up, and maybe one or two wide angle primes (what ever you can afford). I like the look of the older Angenieux's with B+W film stock With color I think the look is a bit dated and grainy, in my opinion.

I'm finally sending one of my ACL's to get converted to Super16. I can't wait.


On Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 04:23 PM, Marc Syp wrote:

Hi all.

I tried to search the archives but had trouble logging in to Topica (or getting a new password, for that matter). Anyway, I know you all have discussed this before but I'd love to get a few tips. I'm planning, finally, to test out my ACL with film. I have 2 rolls of the new Vision2 500T that are on 200' A-Minima rolls.

1) First things first... I don't have any core adapters. Is that going to kill me? Here's what I do have:

(a) Two complete 200' daylight spools, which I could use for takeup if absolutely necessary. I hear that this can add to the camera noise, though, so I"d like to look into an alternative.

(b) On disassembled 200' daylight spool and an assortment of cores. Unfortunately the cores don't just slide down the spindle of a 200' spool, so I'll have to work something out with the flat flange side. I have contemplated glueing the core to the flange, but I don't want to lose the whole apparatus when I get it processed. Perhaps I could ask the lab to return the spool/flange assembly?

2) Could some kind soul give me some tips on loading a 200' magazine in general, and also more specifically the A-Minima loads? I do have an ACL manual and a changing bag. However, I think I read a while back that the A-M loads have the emulsion facing the opposite direction of regular loads? Please send me any tips.

3) P.S. I'll be using an Angenieux 10-150 in excellent condition. Or should I get some good 35mm Nikon primes (I do have an adapter)?


Marc S.
(can't wait to shoot)

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