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Eclair Cameras: More ACL problems

Hi Gerald
Thanks for the information. Here's what I found:

The rubber lining to the doors seems to be intact and probably recently replaced, since I can't see any shrinkage at all around the rims and near the hinges. I picked the camera up from Opto Electric House where apparently it had just undergone some service/refurbishment.

The spring housing (three screws hold down a plate on the takeup side) seems clean and the spring itself taut and with maybe a little light grease on it. Little or no slippage between the spring and the takeup core - i.e. when you turn the core, the film sprocket roller turns without give as well)

So I conclude it must have been the lack of the black plastic bag in the film can (don't forget I used a regular core on the takeup side, not a daylight spool). I assumed that the lid of the film can would be sufficiently light-tight. Apparently not.

A test screening showed that it was in fact the tail of the film that was fogged, with the final few winds showing the classic sprocket-burn in typical of regular fogging outside the camera.

The test also showed two neg scratches on the left of the frame, pretty much through the entire 200ft reel. I'm going to proceed as if that's debris caught in the feed side channel (i.e. the part that leads from the feed side to the gate/loop side of the magazine). Doesn't seem like it's the rollers, since the scratches are continuous. Could be the channels above/below the pressure plate as well. Suggestions/experiences?

Has anybody done a disassembly/deep cleaning of an ACL mag? Which parts to steer clear of (i.e. don't touch because of critical allignment)? Procedure?

Sorry for the long message.


Gerald Loessberg wrote:

I have found that the 200 magazine develops two problems with age both of which are in play with your experience. The first is fogging. This is caused by shrinkage of the sound deadening material inside the doors. It begins to let a small ray of light leak into the mag. When the film is still for a period of time it will fog two to five frames with blue flash. To cure the problem put camera tape over the light leak on the inside of the door. The second is a loose or slipping spring drive band that drives the take up reel. check under the guide plate to see if this spring is stretched or dirty. cleaning it with denatured alcohol usually helps.
On Monday, June 30, 2003, at 10:39  AM, Chris Leong wrote:

> Hello fellows
> Have some potential problem areas with my ACL1/English 200ft mags that > I
> thought I'd put to you as a group before I take more drastic measures:
> 1) test footage was partly fogged. Mag lids felt okay on seating.
> However, since the 200ft load was on a daylight spool, it didn't have a
> black plastic bag, so I didn't use one after exposure. I think that may
> have been the culprit, but I don't know. I've never used a 200ft
> daylight load before, and I've always had bags in my film cans. Come to
> think of it, that's probably the main cause. Agree?
> 2) the takeup wind was loose on unloading. I had to press the coils > flat
> to fit the wind back into the film can. It was loose enough that I
> wasn't concerned about scratching as I reformed the loops flat. No, I
> didn't cinch the roll tight after that. Is this another effect of using
> the 200ft daylight load? i.e. uneven core sizes? (takeup side was a
> normal 2" plastic core)
> Sorry if this sounds a bit basic. My first film through an ACL.
> Thanks
> Cheers
> Chris

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