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Eclair Cameras: Cameflex bushings?

As you correctly point out, CJ, Eclair used rivets to attach the connecting rod so no official Eclair bearings exist to replace these rivets. However , there is a chance I may be able to help you out, give me a few days and I will get back to you.

ian samels

rom: CJ Schepperstop <cjs@sound.net>
Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: Eclair Cameras: Cameflex bushings?
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 20:59:04 -0500

Since you mentioned having some spare parts, may I ask what is available to
refurbish the connecting rod pivots in the Cameflex.  If you think of it as
car engine parts, it would be new bearings where the connecting rod fits
the crankshaft on one end and the piston (reciprocating pull-down) on the
other end.  Occassionally, I work on my project of making a techniscope
Cameflex having 2 perf pull-down.  One way of doing it involves modifying
the crankshaft/connecting rod so I need some parts to put this link back
together.  The pivot pins are riveted/staked in place; the connecting rod
pivots on these two pins.  Originally, there is no real bushing, just steel
on steel contact.


C.J. Scheppers

>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
>for example:
>We do not have crystal motors for the Cameflex - though we do have "mains"
>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

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