I'm familiar with 35mm Panaflex cameras but not so much with this one. Is there anything unique to this camera that I should be aware of? I have a job coming up with it and even though I do get a checkout day, I guess I'm just kinda curious. It doesn't seem to me like it's that different from its bigger brothers and sisters. Am I right? Please feel free to share practical advice and horror stories, or maybe a haiku.
Okay, thank you all. I'm sure I'll be fine. That was beautiful poetry, by the way. When I was studying for the Local 600 test, I made up stupid little haikus to remember things about particular formulas and cameras. I would then sit on the A train and mutter them to myself in order to memorize them. I'm not sure why, but people started staring. Anyway, I digress.
Let's all pray for me
And hope nothing goes wrong or
it's Pana-phone time.
After this job's done
New York forum members can
meet me in a bar...
Just curious, but is this for Panavision's New Filmmaker program? I worked on one of those last year that used an Elaine. We don't see Panavision gear up here very often, so it was a kind of a big deal. I tried to sneak a sniff of those sweet Panny mags, but they wouldn't let me.
A lot of it has to do with what rental house you like to work with. I love going out of Panavision, and every time I don't go out of Panavision, I am reminded quickly why I like Panavision so much.
Primos are very nice lenses, there are very few lenses in the world that compete (attn: those who will get pissed at that comment, remember, I said few lenses, not no lenses). All that said, I have never seen an Elaine with a PL or 35mm PV mount, though I think they exist.
I also like that most Panavision accessories are compatible with the Elaine, and that it sort of follows the Panavision "system".
I have worked with SRIIs and SRIIIs and those are great cameras. I think the viewing system in the Elaine is better, especially the long eyepiece as it is not an eyepiece extension (that cuts light), but an entirely different optic.
I am once again not positive on this, but I seem to remember the camera will take behind the lens filters which is a nice feature, especially because of how dim the viewfinder can be.
Also, the camera has a completely variable shutter that can be adjusted in shot.
I am sure there are more pros and cons I am missing, I haven't shot with that camera in years, but I do like it.
Just an update on the Pany 16 shoot...yes, it is from the New Filmmaker program. The film is called "Landlocked" and it's pretty low-budget but it's a great script. We've got a little break and then we're back in on Friday until Sunday. Personally, I'm having a great time. I love working with Panavision cameras (ha ha, don't tell Arri!). I was a little stressed about the reliability of the camera at first but once you figure out its quirks, it's not a big deal. I blew 3 fuses so far...but then I noticed that they tend to blow easier if battery power drops low, like below 26 volts. So now whenever we reload, I make it a priority to change the battery and we haven't had any issues. The viewing system is not that good especially with the long eyepiece, but being that it's a 25-year old super 16 camera, I'm not really surprised. Being familiar with the Panavision 35 system is great because like Kevin said, all the accessories are the same. Both Pany New York and Woodland Hills have been really, really helpful as far as sending some extra fuses, the ground glass we requested, and replacing our monitor which was malfunctioning the first two days. I'm really grateful for their help and I'm thrilled to be working with Panavision again. All in all, I am actually pretty happy with the camera. It's not the nightmare everyone was telling me about, and I didn't really think it would be in the first place. Whenever people warn me about a certain camera, I always just wait until I can experience it for myself before I draw any conclusions. If you go into the job hating the gear, it's just gonna work against you in the end! So yes, I cursed Elaine out after the first day, but now it's safe to say that we are good friends.