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george kosmas

Member Since 17 Aug 2008
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In Topic: 35mm or 16mm camera?

19 August 2008 - 05:16 AM

I appreciate all the posts guys . At this point, the camera options I have available to me include an arriflex 16 S model, a 16 ST and a 16 BS series . Of course if a 16 BL comes along I'll pounce on it - and I've found a retailer here in Melbourne who specialises in Super 16 concersion for a theatrical release etc. Theres also a matter of finding any good dolly's or cranes for a good price but I suppose we can substitute if there's nothing out there for sale within reason. So final thoughts?

In Topic: 35mm or 16mm camera?

18 August 2008 - 06:15 AM

In a recent thread about which was the most popular 35mm camera in the industry the answers in regards to Arri were:

Arricam ST and LT
435
SR3



I really appreciate all the help guys . In answer to someone's question earlier, this is a low budget feature, and what we're relying on (crew-wise) is a number of friends and family who want to be a part of the film in some way . Actors have been arranged for a script finalised in eye of a Nov-April 2009 shoot .
The options that we have in Australia are not so limited that I won't be able to get good film stock or get it processed . So, that said, the camera options that I've got lined up are as follows:

An arriflex BL film camera
An arriflex (S) 16mm camera
an arriflex 16mm SB - this is one im looking into, its only 800 ???
and finally
an arriflex 16mm ST camera and kit set

At its base, this is an amateur production ; we're all studying film at the moment, and Im off to the NYFA in Los Angeles in 2 yrs ... the problem is there are so many choices and so many pros and cons for each that its hard to find a good camera at a low price, u kno? any feedback will be greatly appreciated, thx so much guys ...

In Topic: 35mm or 16mm camera?

18 August 2008 - 03:59 AM

35mm, as I'm sure you already know costs more in raw stock and processing than 16mm, but a major advantage is that you can make a contact print with 35mm for release. There is no need to do an optical blowup or costly DI. Nailing your exposure becomes more critical, but hey, cinematographers have been able to do it without DIs for over a hundred years. This is why it is important for you to hire a skilled cinematographer and have he/she decide what camera would be best for your shoot. I would also recommend that you rent the camera instead of buying an old one that will be more likely to break down on set. If you have a problem with a bought camera on set that can't be solved by the ACs, who do you call to fix it? Do you call yourself? A feature is a huge investment of time and money as I'm sure you already know. Why risk the efforts of yourself and the hard work of your cast and crew by shooting on a camera that may not be as reliable?

As far as an Arri S 16mm camera. That camera is a coffee grinder. You will not be able to sound with it and it does not come with a crystal sync motor. The Arri SR is a sync sound camera, but some of them can be a bit noisy. The Arri IIC 35mm is also not a sync sound camera because it is also very loud, same goes for the Arri 35III. The BL's are sync sound. If you do decide to buy a camera, make sure you get it checked out and serviced if necessary before the shoot.

Another reason to rent is so you can get all the necessary accessories and proper lenses. You will get a better deal from a rental house on things such as a follow focus, filters, lenses, if you rent the camera from them as well.

The only reason I could see you wanting to buy a camera is if there are no rental houses in your area. Where are you located?



i really appreciate this ... First off, I'm in a small town in Melbourne, Australia and the only hiring houses in the area concern themselves with a few old video cameras but thats about it . I've looked into a hiring firm in the city but they only hire out for big productions - and in any case I'm told their camera fees alone are in excess of AUS $2000 . So the only option left was eBay . At this point, I've had an interested seller who's offering a 16mm BL (and I know that the 35mm IIC is not a silent camera so that's that) . Ive got a really good price for it and the man has agreed to upload a test screening but my main concern is, yeah, that it might break down or otherwise produce a poor image . At the end of the day, Im looking for a good camera, that gives sync sound and is reliable ... which arriflex model is the best?

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