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#1 David Auner aac

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 02:38 PM

Hi folks,

I've seen an otoscope mentioned in the expendables/tools list of a major Munich rental place. What would you use one for? I mean yeah, checking small parts of the camera I guess, but what specifically?

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#2 Matt Kelly

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 05:18 PM

Oh crazy.... perfect gate checkers I guess
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:17 PM

mag throats? like on the SR3 without taking it all the way apart? Or any really small spot I suppose

And audio guy's ears?

Edited by Adrian Sierkowski, 01 March 2008 - 06:18 PM.

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#4 Marc Alucard

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:19 PM

Medical grade lighted magnifying glass.
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#5 David Auner aac

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 03:20 AM

And audio guy's ears?


Well, I dearly hope he cleaned them that morning! LOL

Medical grade lighted magnifying glass.


Yeah, but what would you use it for other than what Adrian has suggested already?

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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:32 AM

Dunno, but I'm sure it's one of those things which has not apparent use. . . till that one moment. . .

It's why I keep a doorstop in my tool-bag. . .you just never know what you can do with it! (tilting a high-hat for that little dutch angle, for example!)

Also, you can use your ASC Manual as a wonderful "height adjuster" for SR3 shots on the ground. . .
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#7 Camillo Foramitti

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:58 AM

Otoscopes are used by ACs to check the gate. You use them mostly on 16mm cameras since the gate is so small. For 35mm a normal flashlight works as well.
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#8 David Auner aac

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:43 PM

Otoscopes are used by ACs to check the gate. You use them mostly on 16mm cameras since the gate is so small. For 35mm a normal flashlight works as well.


Ah finally someone who seems to use one regularly or sees it being used. And so close to home! Vielen Dank Camillo! Can you recommend a specific brand? Or a shop here in Vienna? Since I'm a little on the shortsighted side that would come in handy with my Eclair NPR!

Cheers, Dave
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#9 Daniel Stigler

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 02:48 PM

Ah finally someone who seems to use one regularly or sees it being used. And so close to home! Vielen Dank Camillo! Can you recommend a specific brand? Or a shop here in Vienna? Since I'm a little on the shortsighted side that would come in handy with my Eclair NPR!

Cheers, Dave


You can usually buy them at camera rental places. Ask at Moviecam/F.G. Bauer or Arri Rental. Personally I use a flashlight and a magnifiing glass. On longer focal lengths you can do the gate check through the lens.
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#10 David Auner aac

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 03:44 PM

You can usually buy them at camera rental places. Ask at Moviecam/F.G. Bauer or Arri Rental. Personally I use a flashlight and a magnifiing glass. On longer focal lengths you can do the gate check through the lens.


Yeah, but these places usually charge you quite a bit more than, say, a medical supply store would. I'll have a look around and ask a number of folks...

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#11 Camillo Foramitti

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 05:13 PM

David, I am pretty sure they have it at Moviecam/Arri Rental in Vienna. Don't know about the price. I personally don't have one. A normal flashlight has always worked for me. But I have seen a lot of ACs using it on SR3s and 416s.
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