Arriflex S problems
Posted 09 February 2006 - 05:05 AM
This is my first post here.
I have 3 Arriflex St's. All of them have problems. Im going to tell you what kind of problems they have and hopefully get an answer that could fix on of the cameras.
I always use 30 feet rolls. I film snowboarding so the camera is often cold and i mostly shoot around 7 seconds / take. I mostly shoot 32 fps.
This was my first camera. I filmed 40 rolls with it and everything was OK. Then it wouldn't always start. The power connection have some kind of glitch. 50% of the time i press the trigger it starts.
I filmed a test roll with it and everything was fine. I started shooting more with it and after 2-3 rolls i noticed that the take up spool was spinning too slow. It works when i shoot around 18 fps but when i crank it up to 25-32 fps it spins way to slow. So after a shot i manually have to spin it up. And we are talking about filming for 6 seconds and then spinning it up for a minute.
I got the answer from the testroll from this camera back today. The Operator said that everything looked good except that it was leaking constantly for the first 10 feet. I filmed it with vision 250d on a cloudy day outside. The 20 feet that was left of the roll looked really good, without leaks. But when I filmed this i was standing in my apartment and filming outside of the window. I did not use any camera tape. The leaks came from right and left and they came in a little bit over the TV safe area.
I guess that I have to leave them to some kind of speciallist but it's not that easy in Sweden.
If anyone of you have any tips or anything that could help me on somehow I would be very greatful!
Thanks a lot
22 from Sweden.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 12:31 PM
You need to get all these cameras into a repair shop for analysis & refurb. You should be able to find one in Stockholm.
This is my first post here.
I have 3 Arriflex St's. All of them have problems.
Electrical problem, either a cracked circuit board, bad solder joint, failed part or bad connector.
50% of the time i press the trigger it starts.
The belt to the takeup spool is probably rubber, old, and stretched to the point it won't pull the takeup reel.
I started shooting more with it and after 2-3 rolls i noticed that the take up spool was spinning too slow.
Light leak, as you said. You're shooting with 30 foot loads? Possibly the spool was flashed by the previous user during unloading, or by you during load. Or perhaps the door wasn't properly closed, or it's warped. Try again with another load of film, loaded in the dark, and tape the door.
The Operator said that everything looked good except that it was leaking constantly for the first 10 feet.
Edited by Robert Hughes, 10 February 2006 - 12:36 PM.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 07:16 PM
Edited by k25rip, 10 February 2006 - 07:17 PM.
Posted 12 February 2006 - 05:25 PM
I have found one guy that repairs cameras like this. Im sending camera 2 to him tomorrow. He did'nt have time for all of them.
When I talked to him over the phone he said that it's probably the oils in the camera that are old. So he is going to change that. I will talk to him about the belt as well.
I shoot 30 feet loads. I connected a small lamp that is pretty strong and placed it inside the camera. I checked it from the outside in a completly dark room but did not see any light coming out of the camera.
I will try to get all the cameras in for service as soon as possible.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 06:38 PM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:08 PM
...I shoot 30 feet loads....
I think maybe you mean you shoot 30 meter loads? These are 100 feet.