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RE: Eclair ACL What should I buy?

Hi, everyone

One thing we forgot to talk about when discussing 16mm vs. 35mm for feature
length films is the weight of the two formats when doing a movie that covers
many continents or a lot of travel. When shooting alone, traveling all over
the world, carrying two dozen cans of 100 ft or 200 ft film is feasible. It
would be impossible to carry that much 35mm footage with you when you shoot
on the run. I took 20 rolls of film to Paris and London and shot a
documentary once. I rented the cameras in London and Paris from rental
houses. It was great shooting. I wonder what's it like these days going in
and out of airports with exposed film with all those x-ray machines? Ouch!


-----Original Message-----
From: Marc Syp [mailto:mpsyp@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 5:57 PM
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: Re: Eclair ACL What should I buy?

Complete Super~16  Camera package. Ready to shoot. Small and
this kit represents a complete solution to sync Super-16 filming.
The outfit comprises the following,
1 x Eclair ACL Camera body in Super~16
2 x 400ft Magazines in Super-16

These magazines may be useless with the motor included. The 24/25fps motor
is wimpy and may burn out if you use these magazines with it.

1 x 200ft Magazine in Super-16
1 x Angenieux 12-120mm f2.2lens in Super-16

Be sure that this lens has been specially converted for super-16 coverage.
The lens, unmodified, will not cover S16 under 45mm or so...

1 x 24/25fps Crystal Motor

BUMMER.  This is a wimpy and unreliable motor (I know, my ACL has one).

1 x Right Hand Grip
2 x On Board Batteries
Battery Charger
1 x Arri Matte Box
1 x Eclair to Arri Mount adaptor (allows Arri lenses to be mounted)
1 x Camera Barney
Manfrotto legs
Manfrotto 200 head
Clapper Board
Flight Cases.

Nice set of accessories, though!

For £2000 Do you think tis is a good deal? Or should I go for Eclair 16

For the price, this is a good deal, yes.  But you will be limited to 200ft
magazines and you'll want some more lenses. Make sure to have it checked out
first if you decide to buy it.

Should I go 16 or Super 16?

If you're shooting features, some would say shoot S16 with Schneider or
Zeiss primes and blow up to 35mm. Others would say shoot 35mm for features.

If you're shooting for 4 x 3 television release, go with regular 16.

Marc S.

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