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RE: Eclair Cameras: English 400' mags and 48fps...

I have been told in a recent email from another user that the english mag
will run comfortably at 75 fps, that may be true.  I have experienced
inconsistent packing of the the take up in these mags when they are rotated
excitedly during handheld shooting. It is important that the tension arm has
the correct spring tension and this can be adjusted by removing and reseting
the tension arm( a tricky job) but if your take up is loose and sloppy it
may just be that the tension spring drive band is stretched or broken.  It
connects to itself like the old style springs used in Bell and Howell
projectors. This may have broken or come undone.   Yes in answer to your
question ,  remove the four screws that hold the cover plate down and you
will see a steel spring band check to see that it is riding inside the
grooved wheels that turn it and that the wheels are tightly connected to the
drive shaft.  I have been told that a rubber o-ring can be used to replace
the steel spring but my experience is that the rubber o ring should be
somewhat smaller in diameter to keep it from slipping.  All these remedies
are straight forward and you should be able to do them yourself.  IF you
have any other problems let me know and I will try to help I am always eager
to help a fellow acl user avoid a repair bill.

-----Original Message-----
From: Warren Yeager [mailto:wy@warrenyeager.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 12:33 PM
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: Re: Eclair Cameras: English 400' mags and 48fps...

Looking at the mag now....the flat plate:  is it removed by the four screws
near the capstan the roller on the take up side??   Thanks for your advice,
August.   I'll check it out.

Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: "august loessberg" <jerdog@ou.edu>
To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 9:46 AM
Subject: RE: Eclair Cameras: English 400' mags and 48fps...

The english mag was not designed for speeds faster than 48.  but it sounds
like your problem is easily reparable.  If your capstan and take up are
turning it could be the steel band that drives them is broken or off the
track, look under the flat plate on the takeup side to make sure you have
good steel spring band, the kind used in old movie projectors.  It could
save you a repair bill

-----Original Message-----
From: Warren Yeager [mailto:wy@warrenyeager.com]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 6:52 PM
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: Eclair Cameras: English 400' mags and 48fps...

Is there an issue with running English 400' mags at 48fps?  I had my
400 footer jam on me this weekend.   I'd used it on several other shoots
all was dandy, but I did run a couple 48 fps shots on it this time.   I'd
run 48 and an occasional 72fps on my French mags with no ill results.

I have an ACL 2 with a HD motor, I checked the camera and everything's
but the English 400 footer seems dead.   Neither the capstan nor the take
reel turn when the camera's running.   It'll go to George Zorzoli

Warren Yeager, SOC

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