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RE: Eclair Cameras: ACL II rod base and grip pictures

Wonderful work.  Very nice indeed.  I already have a
base plate set up which suits my needs but I am
interested in one of the ergonomic handles if the
price is right once you're ready to go into

Paul Williams

--- Peter Ehling <pehling@ideo.com> wrote:
I probably owe you all some detail on the base and
grip. As it stands, I have only and will probably
only build it for the ACL II. And the grip needs a
little more development before I would feel
confident enough to sell anything.

-the rods themselves were purchased through
AbleCineTech (nice stuff)

-the base is machined out of 6061 aluminum, bead
blasted and anodized. (a durable and non-reflective

-all fasteners are stainless steel

- a stainless insert was machined for the tripod
mounting point for durability and it is pressed into
the base. very solid

- it has side to side adjustment for re-centering
for s-16 (the next step for my camera)

- it replaces the existing bottom most base
component on the ACL II base and uses the same
mounting screws.

- the grip is cast resin molded over an aluminum

- it has an Aaton-style rocker-switch

- the position of the grip locks in place by
compressed rubber disk clutch

- the grip plugs into the Lemo connector typical on
the ACL II (but not always on the earlier cameras?)

- it cannot be used with the current TCS motor as I
see it pictured on their web-site.

- price? I will need to get back to you. It will
depend on the number of orders. The rods themselves
will need to be purchased separately (Abel?). I
would definitely sell the base and grip separately.
(the reason I made the grip was to overcome the
interference issue with the ACL ergonomic grip and
the 15mm rods. (This is something that would be
inherent in any rod installation). It bothered me so
I built the grip.

To answer some of your other questions--

I have not shot with the Peleng yet. I am pleased
with the level of wide angle distortion. A great
value for an S-16 capable wide angle!

The PL adapter comes from George at the
OpticalElectroHouse  www.opticalelectrohouse.com

If you can save the file, drag it into a netscape or
explorer window. That might help those having
trouble viewing the image.

I think that is it for now.


Peter E.

> ----------
> From: 	Karl Kim
> Reply To: 	EclairACL@topica.com
> Sent: 	Wednesday, March 26, 2003 7:16 PM
> To: 	EclairACL@topica.com
> Subject: 	Re: Eclair Cameras: ACL II rod base and
grip pictures
> > Peter,
> How do you like the Peleng lens?  Also I would be
interested, especially if
> you had a spacer for a 1.5 with HD motor and a
setup for the TCS motor on a
> 2.  Thanks. Karl
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Ehling" <pehling@ideo.com>
> To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 7:24 PM
> Subject: Eclair Cameras: ACL II rod base and grip
> > > <<basecomp.jpg>> > > Here are some pictures... > > -p > > Peter Ehling wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I just finished making a new rod base and grip
for may ACL II. I would
> > like to get some feedback. If there is enough
interest I can post
> > pictures.  I have been toying with the idea of
making some more and
> > offering them for sale.
> >
> > Got to finance independent film one way or
> >
> > Let me know if you are interested.
> >
> > Peter Ehling
> >
> >
> >
> > > > > >

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