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#1 Joseph Johnson

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:10 AM

After being deep into 35mm photography for 13 years and dabbling in videography and editing for the past 2 years I am seriously considering buying an arri 16sr for $5000. Here is the package details:

Zeiss 10-100mm T3 Zoom Lens
Two Arri 400ft mags
Pistol Grip
Dual battery charger
Miller tripod, fluid head w/ quick release plate
Halliburton Zero Case

The camera has not been in use for 7 years. I would like to have it converted to super 16 in the near future.

Is this a good deal? How much would an upgrade to super 16mm potentially cost?
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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:30 AM

Without inspecting the camera and knowing its history I'm not sure how anyone could possibly tell you if it's a good deal or not.

As far as the Super 16 conversions go, my favorite conversion is the one done by Axel Broda. Then there are the conversions done by P+S Technic in Germany and also Jorge down at CinemaTechnic in Florida does Super 16 conversions on the Arriflex 16SR. You will need to call around to find out prices, they vary pretty much and remember, you get what you pay for.

The Arriflex 16SR is a really good workhorse camera. I used to own one and am a big fan. Get a good one, keep it regularly serviced, and it will last a lifetime.

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#3 Martin Yernazian

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:10 PM

Hey man , they where offering that camera in SF
it looks like a good deal, it sound pretty honest, but I will check it out first
if you don't leave in the area I will offer to check it out for you


let me know


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#4 Joseph Johnson

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 05:53 PM

It looks like a great deal and this camera sounds like it was well cared for in my dialogue via email with the owner. However, I have decided against getting a 16mm at this time as I will be carrying the balance on my credit card for over a year. I'll just have to be content with going to rental houses for now. Martin let me know if you get a chance to get a look at it. BTW here is the ad:

Craigslist Arri
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#5 Tim Carroll

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 06:33 PM

He states in the Craigslist ad, "I called down to Arri in L.A. and they tell me that a full service on an SR1 would be about $400 or $500", that is total B.S. To have ARRI in LA or New York overhaul an Arriflex 16SR with two mags is going to run you $1500 if there are no issues with the camera. If there are any issues, the price goes up from there.

It would be interesting to know the serial number of that camera. To see if it has the French motor and electronics of the German motor and electronics.

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