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Eclair ACL S-16 Shutter --- one person's opinion

In the end, everyone goes with what works best for them. Some folks take Pentium 500 computers and overclock them .. 550 ... 600... 650 ...700. Where is the "grey-line" that you can get away with, versus risking incorrect output or a crash? For some people it is 500 --- if they need a 550, they'll buy a Factory 550. For many, or perhaps most, it may be that overclocking to 550 seems well within tolerance. A smaller group of folks like to push the envelop to see what they can get by with by installing special super-cooling fans, and they'll see how many days the system can run with processor-intensive software without making a mistake or crashing, and then they'll use the computer knowing the maximum period of time that it can go until it needs to be shut down and cooled. None of them is right or wrong. Each does what makes sense for them.

The Eclair factory specs in R-16 call for the timing of the shutter and mirror to be such that when the shutter is open, the mirror is not blocking any part of the exposed film. Modifying or Replacing the R-16 Shutter with a S-16 Shutter that has a smaller angle (to give the mirror the extra time to clear the wider aperture) is a prudent extension of the basic Eclair ACL R-16 specs to the S-16 format. The number 144 is not etched in stone. At 24fps, it was the next number in line after 175 that yielded an "industry standard" exposure time (1/60th), so that's what I went with in designing the HD-144 shutter. It is 1/3rd of a stop difference. (As fate would have it, there is also an advantage when shooting an NTSC TV screen, and the timing of the pulldown claw has a slightly greater tolerance for error, but those are just small fringe benefits).

144 degrees is on the conservative side; 175 degrees just barely lets the mirror clear in Regular-16. So where is the "grey-line"? What is the equivalent of a "Factory Spec" Shutter Angle for S-16? Here is where qualified people may have a valid diversity of opinions, and then it is up to each user to determine his or her needs. My answer was 144. For a student film or short just struggling to get by financially, specs may be far less of a concern as long as the film gets made, and that's understandable. At that level you could also get by with not recentering the lens flange just by staying on a 25mm lens. Indeed, just taking a file and opening up the size of the frame in the aperture plate will also work if you are careful to keep the track support very clean and free of static charge. And I don't say any of this with sarcasm --- a decade ago I did it that way, and it cost nothing.

For me personally, not adjusting the shutter angle by a certain amount to reflect the aperture modification is dropping too far below specs for the ACL to be considered a viable camera of equal quality to the Arri SR and the Aaton. I'd really urge anyone with 175 degree shutter in their S-16 ACL to spend a hundred dollars and ask your Tech to glue in a very thin piece of metal to close it down enough to let the mirror clear. Keep the S-16 ACL above the "grey-line."

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