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RE: Eclair Cameras:

Michael Welle wrote:
This is something I've been wondering myself. In particular, was the camera originally shipped in a box with that padded Samsonite suitcase with the lens attached. If so, doesn't that basically contradict what Aaton says in their manual for the LTR54 when they say ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS remove the lens when transporting the camera. You see, I don't remove the lens. I had a case specifically built for my ACL at Star Case and I shipped it off to Bernie, and the camera is working beautifully. Do you really have to remove the damn lens every time?

The only original Eclair ACL case I have ever seen is that silver suitcase design. I don't think it's a great case for transporting a camera but you do have to give it points for style. Ideally you should remove the lens. Camera's take a lot of stress even in a well designed case. If you ever ship your camera or check it for a flight watch out. I used to work for FedEx and believe me the handlers there are not gentle with packages (I can't speak for UPS or US Postal but I assume they are the same). The rule of thumb that we used to tell our customers was the package should be able to withstand a 3 foot drop onto a concrete floor. You can imagine the forces that are going on inside a case from a drop like that. The junction between the body and the lens is one of the most crucial areas on a camera and very susceptible to stress. I would also remove the magazines from the camera body. Again another crucial area that you want to avoid stress on.

If you are the only one handling your camera, then I wouldn't be too concerned about leaving the lens and mags on. If you are like me you always handle your camera with kid gloves. You've already spent what I'm guessing is a good amount of money on a custom case so I am sure your camera will travel fine. I worked in the equipment room of a film school and we always left the lenses on the cameras. You can imagine the abuse that film students dole out to cameras and I don't recall ever seeing a camera with a lens mount problem. Of course preventing the students from actually dropping a lens onto a concrete floor was another matter ;-)

Just my two cents.  Your mileage may vary.


ps. As a side note, Les Bosher does sell cover plates for the camera body and lens mount. Helps to keep everything nice and clean inside if you do decide to remove yours lens and mags.

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