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Eclair ACL Super 16mm or 16mm ACL
If you have both S16 and st16 on offer, sounds like someone is offering to
do the super 16mm conversion for you. Sounds cheap if he's prepared to do
200ft mags as well as 400ft mags. The first thing I'd be concerned about is
WHO is doing that conversion. I'm in London too and I know everyone who
does ACL conversions, but I don't know anyone who does them that cheaply.
Also, that 12-120mm Angenieux will NOT cover super 16mm and if you haven't
been told that already by this person, that should sound a warning. If
you're not sure, buy it as Standard 16mm as it is a great deal.
Off subject and regarding the Star Wars Episode 2 trailer, I saw this
recently at a theatre. I'd read a posting on another site about all the
video artifacts a viewer had spotted. This is total rubbish. The trailer
looked superb and I would defy ANYONE to have spotted the difference between
HD and 35mm had they not already been told. In fact, the trailer looked
better than every trailer that came after it. If HD can look this good
without Lucasfilm behind it, then I'm sold.
Having said that, I checked out DV to film recently and the results were
absolutely awful. Washed out, two dimensional and cheap. DV is no
replacement for S16 and never will be, but HD clearly is. But as Sony 24p
HD costs $1800 per day to hire, I don't think too many of us will be trading
our cameras in for a few years yet.
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