Loading super 16mm Aaton magazines
Posted 01 October 2006 - 08:00 PM
My question is this: which side of the roller does the film go? above or below? the instructions say below, but as i said, the roller is in a different place now, so either seems possible. i realize that keeping the emulsion safe is the most important factor, so over the top seems best since the emulsion would not touch the roller that way, but I can't be sure. Anyone know? I need to load the magazine for a documentary shoot this evening, in about an hour.
Posted 02 October 2006 - 04:23 PM
Posted 06 October 2006 - 12:59 AM
It'll teach you with detailed illustrations how to load an Aaton.
That's how I learned how to load an Aaton...
I also have help from an AC who was in need of a loader.
But the book taught me all the points quickly and was good reference.
The cameraman's handbook is very useful it'll teach lots of things about your Aaton
And other cameras, and just general camera stuff good to know when shooting.
You should also get the ASC manual another helpful tome.
There are tons of camera books out there
Check the list of recommended reading in this site it'll help you.
Posted 06 October 2006 - 03:51 AM
so over the top, or under?
afraid to share?
Why don't you ask the owner or rental company to show you how to load a camera you intend to use for a job? If you make a scratch test you may find out the answer!
Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:07 AM
I'm the guy who serviced your camera and I'm also the guy you talked to about your loading quandry.
Ignore the second roller in the diagram. I have never seen a magazine with the second roller as it was phased out and removed from existing magazines many, many years ago.
Attached is the diagram on the inside of your older-generation magazines which is misleading. Ignore the second 'phantom' roller.
Also attached is a picture of a properly loaded take-up from a magazine similar to yours.
Posted 06 October 2006 - 02:25 PM
Posted 08 October 2006 - 11:50 PM
Posted 09 October 2006 - 04:36 AM
I have another question... about halfway through a 400 ft load, one of my magazines started making a very annoying squeaking noise which was alleviated by turning off the footage counter (whereupon it fell silent). I'm worried that it would sound like a bad bearing on the counter's roller only 1 week after level 4 maintenance.
Shortly after that problem was solved, the magazine began moaning. Is it possible that the pancake loaded up unevenly somehow? it was perfectly smooth when i started it, and was feeding on in even layers.
I used this magazine successfully last week with no noise whatsoever, but it developed this problem with my second roll yesterday.
Posted 09 October 2006 - 11:57 PM
I had exposed 300 feet and removed that portion today for processing, and I discovered that one of the two latches that hold the core in place was in the retracted position. I was certain that I had released both by pushing the center button and felt them go into place, but during the final loading step while turning the core to tension the extra film this time I realized that it's very easy to push in one of the latches if you turn the core using the spindle.
At any rate, the pancake wasn't completely flat as a result, which explains the moaning sound as it rubbed against the inside of the magazine.
From now on I'll make sure to double-check the latches on the core before closing the lid. This unfortunately doesn't explain the squeaking film counter. I have to finish shooting the last 100 feet before I can examine that side of the magazine.
Edited by Zachary Vex, 09 October 2006 - 11:58 PM.