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Re: Eclair Cameras: Variable Shutter
Great info Thanks Mark
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From: Mark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, July 11, 2003 4:34 pm
Subject: Eclair Cameras: Variable Shutter
The design of the ACL is so compact, there is barely enough space
very thin shutter as it is, let alone imagining a variable shutter
add to thickness. It is also hard to imagine how you'd get inside
to adjust the
shutter, unless it could be designed so that the switching
mechanism would be
accessable if the viewfinder were pulled.
I imagine that the most practical thing to do is to either have
various angles and change them, (of course there are 3 types that
now exist ---
172.8, 175 and the HD-144 shutter) or else add some black tape to
shutter down further. I could see the need for a 90 degree or 45
if someone were shooting music videos.
The prototype of the convertible R-16/S-16 next generation ACL,
PANORAM, had a variable shutter that could be set to 180, 172.8,
150 and 144,
and it abandoned the oscillating mirror in favor of a spinning
mirror --- that
probably accounts for the slight bulge in the very bottom front of
body. The Panoram would accept standard ACL magazines, as well as
designed for S-16. Lens mount was a PL-type, and the motor
electronics were in the
base so that the motor looked more like the Aaton. Eclair called
its system of
changing from R-16 to S-16 the Eclair VARIGATE. The handle and
appear similar to that of the ACL II.
Somewhere in the world there may actually exist a few pre-
Anybody know where a pre-production run PANORAM can be picked up?
PANORAM photo at www.members.aol.com/super16acl/panaran1.htm
Probably Aaton still has all the Eclair molds in a dusty storage
bought Eclair out in the 1980s) if any entrepreneur wants to try
the rights to manufacture it --- in high impact plastic?
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