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#1 Todd Pinder

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:39 PM

I aquired this in a lot of Beaulieu items. I wondering is this the elusive interval unit. Made in Japan. Works with my 4008, but jack is too small for my R16. Just wondering what you experts thought!

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#2 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 09:54 PM

In reference to my own published scribble here and for Super 8 Today about that external intervalometer unit specially made by Beaulieu for the Beaulieu 4008 and 5008-series in the year "Raiders of the lost Ark" came out, I would say you got yourself an Indiana-Jones-like treasure item here :blink: . How did you get that? On which bazaar was it offered to you?! And for how much?!?

As I wrote all over the place here and there, I am still a three-digit number on a waiting list of a now bankrupt company that claimed over 15 years ago they might sell me one if I waited long enough (like: forever) for them to track one down :D . I have never actually seen one in real life, and only saw blurred pictures out of a time when scanners where table-sized and dpi was a reference for dot matrix printers... I have a pretty accurate text description from Beaulieu about it workings, out of a time when product infos where often text-only and had no pics to make the user its functions understandable.

Do you have more, if possible, higher-res pics of this unit, as one side should feature a series of switchgear to adjust the intervalometerage? I would appreciate some sharing ;)

Congratulations, Todd (welcome to ciny.com, by the way) and enjoy it very much!!

Cheers,

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P.S.: To quote Indy (yeah, yeah, I like my posts to be zeitgeisty, on the pulse of time and up-to-date): "This belongs into a museum!" B)
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#3 Todd Pinder

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 12:37 AM

In reference to my own published scribble here and for Super 8 Today about that external intervalometer unit specially made by Beaulieu for the Beaulieu 4008 and 5008-series in the year "Raiders of the lost Ark" came out, I would say you got yourself an Indiana-Jones-like treasure item here :blink: . How did you get that? On which bazaar was it offered to you?! And for how much?!?

As I wrote all over the place here and there, I am still a three-digit number on a waiting list of a now bankrupt company that claimed over 15 years ago they might sell me one if I waited long enough (like: forever) for them to track one down :D . I have never actually seen one in real life, and only saw blurred pictures out of a time when scanners where table-sized and dpi was a reference for dot matrix printers... I have a pretty accurate text description from Beaulieu about it workings, out of a time when product infos where often text-only and had no pics to make the user its functions understandable.

Do you have more, if possible, higher-res pics of this unit, as one side should feature a series of switchgear to adjust the intervalometerage? I would appreciate some sharing ;)

Congratulations, Todd (welcome to ciny.com, by the way) and enjoy it very much!!

Cheers,

-Michael



P.S.: To quote Indy (yeah, yeah, I like my posts to be zeitgeisty, on the pulse of time and up-to-date): "This belongs into a museum!" B)


Thanks Micheal I was hoping and kinda figured that you would be the first to respond to my post!
Anyway I acquired it with a 4008s, off ebay of course. From the looks of the camera I was thinking that this might be one of the last 4008's that were built by Beaulieu using old parts.

It runs off of a 9 volt battery. Uses the remote control socket. Has a dial type switch to adjust the interval with corresponding red light that blinks every time it goes off.

Here is some more pics:
100_1115.jpg

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#4 Bjorn Andersson

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 01:17 AM

Thanks Micheal I was hoping and kinda figured that you would be the first to respond to my post!
Anyway I acquired it with a 4008s, off ebay of course. From the looks of the camera I was thinking that this might be one of the last 4008's that were built by Beaulieu using old parts.

It runs off of a 9 volt battery. Uses the remote control socket. Has a dial type switch to adjust the interval with corresponding red light that blinks every time it goes off.

Here is some more pics:
100_1115.jpg

Todd


What you have on your picture, is a 4008S camera and a Timer unit for 1008/6008 cameras. This unit can´t make any single frame timelapse filming on a 4008 camera.
This camera is one of the FIRST 4008 that was built in 1969.

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#5 Todd Pinder

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 02:25 AM

Well, there you have it from the man himself! Thanks for chiming in Bjorn!

I was curious why it was with this camera and why I have never seen this unit any where before.

Bjorn, do you have any info or pictures of the interval unit Michael talked about?

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#6 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 09:50 AM

Hi Björn, thanks for taking time and making an effort to contribute - and making this even more of a search for elucidation, Indy-style :P .

I was completely unaware that there had been an external intervalometer unit for both the Beaulieu 1008-series & Beaulieu 6/7/9008-series. My knowledge about the 1008-series is sketchy as it was never broadly marketed and sold by Dieter Ritter & son in Germany (or indeed taken up in Germany as it was abroad), but as regards the 6/7/9008-series, Ritter seemed to have kept this device from its German customers as it did not feature in the official sales.

What they did was promote a small series of such an intervalometer unit for the 4008 and 5008-series to enable timer capabilities that these models lacked as opposed to the 6/7/9008-series with its basic T1-T2-T3 timer. It sold out rapidly and gained notoriety for its elusiveness towards interested buyers in the late 1980s/1990s. Could it be that this was one of those units that Ritter had modified to work with the Beaulieu 4/5008? After all, the entire business plan of Ritter from the 6008-series onwards seemed to have been based on "tuning"/mod'ing Beaulieu devices...

Your assistance in clarifying this matter once and for all would be very appreciated.

With best regards,

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#7 Jim Carlile

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:25 AM

hi Michel-- just a few days ago I found one of these in an old parts box of mine-- it's really no big deal. They were made by Chinon for the 1008 cameras as part of a set, along with an AC adaptor and a shoulder brace. They have a little plug that goes into the remote jack on the camera and fires away. In fact, you can use them with any remote-jack in any camera, set at single frame.

I've seen circuits around where you can make your own.
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#8 Jim Carlile

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:40 AM

Let me clarify-- you can use this intervalometer on any electrical remote jack with a mini-mini plug. It's just a simple capacitor timing circuit.

A lot of that Chinon stuff was used on later 6 and 7 series cameras. Must have been the Bell and Howell influence. The 1008 'Beaulieu' lens, for instance-- the same as the basic cheapo lens for the 6 and 7.
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#9 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:45 PM

Thank you very much, Jim, for that specification of Todd's finding (btw, "mini-mini plug" would be 2.5mm jack, wouldn't it?) and the clarification for which camera series it was made for, works with and that it's not that small-series 4008 device that proves to remain so rare...

*sigh*

so it's not the holy grail of Beaulieu intervalometers... bligh me, who do I have to hire to track one down?! Indiana Jones?? :ph34r:
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