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Re: normal 16mm format

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here's a question...

for you ACler's that actually use them for jobs...
what are your favorite zoom lenses?

do you actually take them out on paying gigs...
Has anyone had their Acl video tapped? if so (who what where how much , is it worth it?)

I have a beauty of an ACL II but have had bugs (jams) always when I'm on a job...I attribute it to
pilot error when I was new with the cam...and some
extreme vertical shoting angles letting the film in the mag
get loose.

I have only used the camera for my own
projects....for primes I use my macroswitars,
from my bolex package...some of these are amazing
lenses..the 26mm 1.1, the 50 , 75 and the 10 are all
beautiful....and screw right into the c mount.

I am thinking of parting with my package though...
it's either the bolex or the ecalir that must go...
I just can't decide which....

I have a norris intervelometer for my bolex.
anyone ever used a norris on ,  or own one for the acl..
has it worked well???  I like doing those looong exposures at night..
like 1 or 2 minute exposures...

here's another intersting observation,...
Acl's have been know to be tempermental..
but I have compared the camera to the aaton Minima..

when I did this on a cinematography board I was attacked
and poo pooed....of course the minima has serveral features the
ACL doesn't have...it's an aaton..s 16 internal TC....video tap...
many features,, but it's like a suped up acl 30 years later...
and it goes for about 20K without a lens.

Several Dp friends of mine have been testing it for the past 2 years
and have had problems....so there we go another tempermantal little camera. Makes me reconsider, thinking of upgrading the ACL (PL mount- S-16 gate, better zoom)...or perhaps I will part with it...
though I love it...don't use it enough....

just some thoughts


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