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Re: RE: Eclair Cameras: Light Meter Issues
The ACL internal light meter has no ASA or DIN settings. NOT A PERSONAL OPPINION. See the owners manual. No matter what you think, you do not need this meter. For the money you spend trying to circumvent it you can buy a great light meter.
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From: eric jarvies <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2003 7:20 pm
Subject: RE: Eclair Cameras: Light Meter Issues
>Now that I'm clear on all of this, it leaves me with two
>Does the internal light meter go up to ASA 800 or ASA 400?
>2) Does anyone have any other suggestions on how to make the
>light meter work with Super 16?
6 months ago i purchased my first film camera ... a beaulieu
4008zm. since that time, i have purchased over 40 beaulieu super8
and 16mm cameras, and more recently a handfull of gsmo's and some
eclair npr's, and an acl on the way. i am in the process of
making a super16 conversion for the beaulieu r16, and in the case
of that camera, it is just a question of repositioning the sensor
on the newer, larger prism surface. hopefully next week i will
start taking apart one of the npr cameras. perhaps in 3 weeks i
will take apart the acl, so when i have made an asessment, and if
i have some ideas or have figured out a way to maintain/modify the
on-camera light meter, i will post it here accoridngly. not
certain how many of you take apart your cameras, but once in,
you'll find they are fairly basic in design, and most
modifications can be performed with basic tools and materials.
those that cannot, typically involve either something that needs
to be machined, in which case you visit the
industrial area in your city and locate a good and inexpensive
machine shop and take your camera/part(s) and explain to them what
you need. or, if it involves retrofitting new parts, you can most
likely find what you need at edmunds online, or thorlabs online,
or newport online, or any number of online resources. also,
having precision measuring instruments, collimation bench, mini
lathe and mini mill, and some micro-tools can liberate yourself
from having to depend on anyone else for your specialy modifications.
i wanted to purchase a video tap for my eclair, but do not want to
send my camera out, because i live in a remote part of the world
where shipping on and out of my country is very expensive. so the
one place i found that sells a nice video tap for the eclair
cameras($1700.00 range) is called azspectum. however, they would
not sell me the video tap with installation instructions so i
could do it myself. now i am going to have to build my own as i
do not want to ship my camera and spend over $500.00 in shipping
fees alone, not to mention duties upon reentry). so i will update
you on how to make a nice video tap using off the shelf products,
and perhaps instead of using a ccd, i might try out a cmos with
video out and firewire out. unless azspectum decides to sell me
their video tap so i cna install, i wont need to go through the
hassle of building my own.
so if no one can provide clear instructiuons on how to keep your
light sensor working, stay tuned to my posts later this month
after i've taken the camera apart. i usually post HOW TO threads
at 8mm.filmshooting.com that include lots of photos, and i will do
the same with the npr and acl at that time.
cheers and great thread btw! sorry for the long read.
eric martin jarvies sr
cabo san lucas, bcs mexico cp 23410
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