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Can i Convert a Mitchell Standard to 2 Perf?


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#1 scott fullmer

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 03:20 AM

I would like to convert my Mitchell standard (GC) into a 2 perf Camera IF I can do that Cheaply
I also Hope to make a Motor that is NOT so huge I can run on 12 or 24 volts and still get 128 FPS as I shoot Mostly Back contry in Snow traveling by Snowmobile
any suggestions
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#2 Nate Downes

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:43 AM

I would like to convert my Mitchell standard (GC) into a 2 perf Camera IF I can do that Cheaply
I also Hope to make a Motor that is NOT so huge I can run on 12 or 24 volts and still get 128 FPS as I shoot Mostly Back contry in Snow traveling by Snowmobile
any suggestions

You'd be looking at a few thousand easily for the conversion. And note, a GC is not a Standard. As for motor, I've seen a lot of options out there, some smaller than others, but none really being portable. The Mitchell is a heavyweight by any measure.
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#3 Stephen Williams

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:52 AM

I would like to convert my Mitchell standard (GC) into a 2 perf Camera IF I can do that Cheaply
I also Hope to make a Motor that is NOT so huge I can run on 12 or 24 volts and still get 128 FPS as I shoot Mostly Back contry in Snow traveling by Snowmobile
any suggestions


Hi,

Search the archives, Bruce in Australia recently converted a GC (Fries conversion) for a member here. I understand the cost was about $5,000. No company in the US wanted to do the conversion!

Stephen
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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:13 PM

Hey Scott,

Bruce McNaughton at Aranda Film Group is the only place left on the planet (as far as I could find) that will knock a GC down from 4 to 2 perf. The reason is: the main gear is all one peice of metal with the cam, drive shaft, and bearing race. It's a real SOB to have cut and done so accurately. It's not just the cut, it's also the hand lapping and certainty of fit without backlash. If you do, indeed, have a GC, then you posses the hardest cam to have converted to 2 perf on this planet. I got into this pickle because I bought a Fries 35R3. It is a converted GC. While I have kicked myself in many ways on my decision to buy this camera before getting a real estimate on conversion, I must admit that I will have a rather fine and multi-speed camera, even if it is on the heavy side and requires blimping.

If you haven't bought the GC yet, I would recommend you go with a different body to begin with. Bruce can cut you some 2 perf works for a Konvas, Arri, or dang near anything. All of the old Mitchell rack-overs can be a little clumsy to work with, not to mention being about as big and heavy as a Sherman tank.
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Posted 05 December 2006 - 06:51 AM

All of the old Mitchell rack-overs can be a little clumsy to work with, not to mention being about as big and heavy as a Sherman tank.

But still produce some of the best pictures imaginable.... (I've always wanted a Mitchell)
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