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Has anyone converted thier Arri S to super16?


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#1 Matt Bizer

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 08:23 PM

Has anyone here converted an Arri s/b to super 16? I was looking to get mine possibly modified.... any pointers or reasons I should not?

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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:49 PM

Has anyone here converted an Arri s/b to super 16? I was looking to get mine possibly modified.... any pointers or reasons I should not?

-Matt


Andy had his converted, it took a number of months or years, and much patience from Jorge down at CinemaTechnic to get it working right. Duall in New York converted one last year and has been trying to sell it on eBay ever since, with no luck. And a place in Australia advertises that they can convert the camera, or at least they used to.

I talked at length with Axel Broda about this (he is the guru of all things Arriflex here in the States, as he used to make the cameras back at ARRI in Germany in the 1960's). He basically explained to me how the camera design makes it a very bad candidate for Super 16 conversion. It is something I would definitely not recommend. But again, that is just my opinion as a tech who rebuilds those cameras on a regular basis. Others may disagree.

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#3 Nathan Milford

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 10:13 PM

Find one with an APEC door and you'll have an easier time converting it to S16. They're rare but the optics for the viewfinder are different with those models and are better candidates for conversion.
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#4 Ian Marks

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 07:25 PM

Wouldn't the cost of conversion be MUCH more than the value of the camera, and wouldn't the resulting camera still sound like a dump truck with a bad differential?
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#5 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 07:33 PM

Wouldn't the cost of conversion be MUCH more than the value of the camera, and wouldn't the resulting camera still sound like a dump truck with a bad differential?

Hah! Try a coffee grinder on steroids.
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#6 Matt Bizer

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 03:14 PM

Ok, yeah, after the 2nd thought I was wise to ask you guys.. I am looking at doing the conversion to an eclair npr instead.
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