Posted 20 February 2006 - 10:52 PM
Posted 20 February 2006 - 11:03 PM
Nathan Milford is the resident Aaton expert in the US. Might look him up on here for any specific questions.
Posted 21 February 2006 - 06:49 AM
It's small size makes it good for cramped quarters and certain "run and gun" situations.
The built-in intervalometer is very handy.
Which Eclair are you referring to Brian?
I use the ACL2 with 200ft. mags sometimes with very good results.
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:38 AM
Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:11 AM
Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:37 AM
Posted 21 February 2006 - 01:08 PM
How good is this camera? Easy of use?Quality of picture?
The picture quality is the same as any super 16 camera that takes PL mount lenses. For a recent example, see The Constant Gardener. Cesar Charlone, who apparently owns an A-Minima, used it and the Aaton XTRProd to shoot the 16mm footage for the film. He used a Fuji 10-40mm zoom and a Canon 8-64mm zoom. The Fuji lens, which is said to have been designed with the A-Minima in mind (it is relatively light and attractively priced), is sometimes dissed because it is not a fast lens, but apparently it's fast enough for Charlone. There is a photo of him using the A-Minima, showing how he had it rigged for The Constant Gardener, in the October issue of American Cinematographer, p. 26.
Realize that the price of an A-Minima does not include a magazine. These sell for about US$1500 each. I like using 200 foot magazines, but I have four of them. Depending on how you are using the camera, you may want additional magazines yourself.
There are suggestions in the above posts that the magazines are hard to load. Well, one of the nice things about the A-Minima is that it can be loaded in daylight, and beyond that, either you know how to load the magazine or you don't. It isn't rocket science. If you know how to do it, loading a magazine isn't hard at all.
Fuji film can be used by loading the film manually in a darkroom on A-Minima cores and reversing the wind. Some people argue that the film should then be left for a day to adjust to the change in wind.
One of the interesting things about the A-Minima is that it will generate, as well as record, Aaton time code. This means that it can be used to synchronize other time code devices. Depending on what you are doing with sound recording, that may be attractive.
I think that it is a terrific camera if you care about bulk and weight (which has domino benefits, in terms of bulk and weight, when it comes to camera support) and rig it in a way that does not compromise its size/weight advantages. Note also that it is designed, when used without camera support, to be held in the hands, against the upper chest/ shoulder if desired, rather than supported on the shoulder, which is a question of personal preference.
Note that the camera is rated at 29dB (plus or minus one), which is higher than the XTRProd, and that the shutter angle is fixed. I once read a post complaining that the viewfinder doesn't swivel, but I am personally very happy with the viewfinder.
One thing that I really like about the camera is that I can travel with it, by air for example, carrying it in a shoulder-bag.