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#1 Rick Palidwor

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:31 PM

Recently picked up an Elmo 106 which seems to run fine. A question:

On the right-hand side, above the handle, there is a threaded jack which looks like it would allow single-frame shooting. However, my remote cable, which works fine in the top trigger release for normal running, won't produce any results in the side jack.

Any ideas?

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#2 Aaron Martin (TX)

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:24 AM

That's for single frame shooting. You can get a copy of the manual for the 106 here:

http://www.mondofoto...s/elmosuper106/

Check out jpg 15, which is page 14 of the manual. It shows a guy using a cable release attached to that socket.

Hope that helps,

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#3 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 12:37 PM

The Elmo Super 160 - for its age from the late 1960s/early 1970s - is incredibly well fitted out in respect to remote operations.

You can find two cable release sockets, one on top for continuous running, and one on the right-hand side of the body (which is troubling you) for single frame releases. There is also (quite advanced for its time) a socket for a remote control on the lower left-hand side of the body.

I attach a picture to this post to assist Aaron's post above.

To your problem, Rick:

On the Beaulieu 4008 ZM II, you will find a very similar distribution of release means. There is also a cable release socket on the right-hand side of the body for single frame releases. When I got my ZM II, I had the very same problem as you have now: the cable release I owned and that worked perfectly on other cine-film or photographic cameras was unable to release single frame. Although you could screw the cable release into the thread, pushing the release button in didn't produce any results. I initally thought of a camera-internal malfunction, but in the end that wasn't it.

By chance, I got my hands on a new cable release that offered variable length push-pins. That means that you can alter the length of the push-pin that moves out through the screw thread when push the release button in. By playing around with the length of the push-pin, I got that device to work on the ZM II's single frame release. Although the mechanical and physical basics for this solution remain a myth to me, the Beaulieu single frame release does only work with that cable release at a certain length of the push-pin being pushed out into the camera.

I am not sure if that might help you - it all sounds like a belated April's Fool joke which it isn't - but maybe changing your cable release (if it isn't variable) might help.

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#4 Rick Palidwor

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:15 PM

Thanks guys.
My cable release pin can extend about 3/4 inch and when I attach it to single frame jack I can only push it about half that, so it's not like my pin is too short. Also, when I press it the continuous run button depresses (though it does not run). I'll keep playing and will try some other cables.

Re: the other remote jack on the back-left, interesting. I thought it was to connect external power.

Curious: it says in the manual that when shooting single frame you should close down one-stop from the auto reading. Why one-stop down for single-frame? Something to do with the shutter?

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#5 Jim Carlile

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 02:49 AM

The shutter speed is slower at the single-frame option-- about 1/2 as much. Something like 1/20th of a second compared to 1/40th or so, and the meter does not automatically compensate for this. Better for low light, though....
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