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Eclair Cameras: Cameflex modification to other mount

Hi August and Emmanuel

The Cameflex is a very noisy camera. It is not self blimped. I own a blimp for one , but this is waiting on some engineering work. Clive Tobin recently sold me one of his Bolex blimp plans and I may
try and modify this to work with a Cameflex, but don't hold your breath.

I have both spare parts and spares for Cameflexes, NPRs and ACLs.

I do not have everything , some of the popular items are not in our inventory.
for example:

We do not have crystal motors for the Cameflex - though we do have "mains" motors
Don't have time-lapse motors.
Or Kinoptik lenses.

We DO have :
Most spare parts for the camera - mirrors, movements, turrets , shutters, viewfinder optics etc
magazines - 100', 200', 400' , 16mm mags
gelatin holders
wooden carry cases
some 16mm gates and retainers - (need to be fitted to your  CM3 body)

Unfortunately I can't really supply an inventory of what is available, but I'm happy to receive
enquiries for individual bits and bobs.

I currently have a CM3 body with resilvered mirror and 2 off 200' mags for 750.00 GBP .

As for the Emmanuel's question about hard-fronting. Obviously your mount choice tends to be dictated by what lenses are available to you at what price and what sort of client base you've got. If you are shooting for yourself it probably makes sense to stick with a Nikon, or CA-1 or arri bayonet convertor for the Cameflex, but if you have a high end client base then a PL hard front is the way to go. Price is clearly an issue . I don't think it is for me to say what Les charges, but expect to pay three times as much for a PL
hard front as you would for a Nikon conversion on one of the ports.

There are a couple of people in the UK who have really done the whole hog (so to speak!) to their cameflexes including adding an angenieux orientatable viewfinder, arri groundglass and video assist. But you really do need an excellent client base to finance and justify these expenditures. Bah! I'll be there one day!!

ian samels

rom: august loessberg <jerdog@ou.edu>
Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: RE: Eclair Cameras: Cameflex modification to other mount
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 14:36:56 -0500

I got your posting as an answer to Emmanuel's questions about Cameflex. Are
these cameras quite enough to use in sound production?  And when you said
you had spares are you talking about spare cameras or parts.  I am looking
for a cameflex my self.

-----Original Message-----
From: ian samels [mailto:iansamels@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2003 1:02 PM
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: Re: Eclair Cameras: Cameflex modification to other mount

Hi Emmanuel

A Nikon Cameflex conversion is not normally a so-called "hard front" but is
done to one of the three
CA-1 ports. Les Bosher in Wales (www.lesbosher.co.uk) would do a good job on
either a Nikon conversion or a PL conversion
(which he did to my Cameflex and which is a hard-front ). Let me know if you
need any Cameflex spares, as
I have a few.

Ian samels , DP , London

PS don't forget that Arri S and bayonet adaptors are commonly found, for
this camera, on the internet.

From: Emmanuel Suys <emmanuel@suys.de>
>Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
>To: EclairACL@topica.com
>Subject: Eclair Cameras: Cameflex modification to other mount
>Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 19:54:59 +0200
>Greetings everyone,
>New to this group so first of all hello everyone from sunny Munich.
>I own a cameflex which I am slowly but surely getting in order.  Whilst
>looking left and
>right on the net I came across some photographs of a Cameflex with a Nikon
>built on the original three lens turret.  I thought by doing the
>modification to Nikon
>mount, it would result in a one lens turret. Which is usually what I come
>across.  Is
>there any difference, advantage disadvantage.  Anyone care to comment?
>EmmanuelEmmanuel SUYS
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