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Re: Eclair Cameras: Light Meter Issues
I read with interest your question on the light meter. I recently bought an
Arriflex SB and wish it also had a light meter. The Aatons have light
meters, (some of them) but none are totally realiable. The video tap idea is
a good one. Would like to do the same with mine. I live in Canada. Let me
know how you do with it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "eric jarvies" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 5:20 PM
Subject: RE: Eclair Cameras: Light Meter Issues
>Now that I'm clear on all of this, it leaves me with two questions: 1)
>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 internal
>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
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
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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