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Re: Eclair ACL 200 ft. mags and Aminima film loads

Your description varies so much from my experience, there may be two designs
out there.
The A-Minima loads which I had consisted of two molded flanges that twisted
into each other. I examined an empty spool closely in daylight; there was no
separate core adaptor. The center hole was too large to fit the axle, and
too small to fit over a platter.

It's great that you were able to do this, but I would caution persons who
see these loads at bargain prices that they may have to have them respooled.

----- Original Message -----
From: <cinesota@yahoo.com>
To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 12:29 PM
Subject: RE: Eclair ACL 200 ft. mags and Aminima film loads

Hi Robert,
I've used three of these loads in my camera and haven't had a problem
yet.  The Aminima 200' load is nothing more than 200 feet of single perf
film wound onto a 2" core, emulsion side out.  The plastic daylight
flanges snap off and what you are left with is essentially a standard 2"
camera core. I measured it and it's the same size as all the little
yellow cores littering my ditty bag.  What Kodak did was modify a core
so it could accept the snap on daylight flanges per Aaton's design.  I'm
not sure what to say if you are having clearance problems.  I removed
the flanges on mine while I was in the bag.  You also have to have a
core plate on your feed side, although I suspect one could get away with
a standard core adaptor and leave the flanges on.

I bought my stock early last summer, so it's possible Kodak made some
design change that is causing your sizing problem.  I doubt they would
make the spindle hole on the core a non-standard size, as it would cause
all kinds of problems for labs.

I've contacted Kodak a couple of times to let them know that the Aminima
load is compatible with the ACL.  But being Kodak, they never responded
and the load is still marked "Aminima Only".


Robert Morein wrote:
> I don't know what you mean when you say you can use the A-Minima loads
> in
> the ACL. I had a spool that I experimented with. I could not get it in
> the
> magazine. The spool is too thick and it hits top and bottom. The core
> center
> is not compatible with the spindle. The hole is too big to fit snuggly
> on
> the axle, and too small to fit on a core platter.
> I had ten of those loads, and I had them respooled onto cores by a lab.
> What method did you use to make these loads work?

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