Extremely cheap 35mm telecine?
Posted 07 July 2008 - 12:02 PM
Posted 07 July 2008 - 01:04 PM
How cheap is cheap? I bought a fully functional 35mm KEM Jr. flatbed telecine off eBay for $2K. It's one drawback is that it doesn't do a true 3:2 pulldown. It has a Sony machine vision color camera with NTSC, S-Video, and component outputs. I plug up the S-Video into a Sony MiniDV and get recordings that look pretty good on a 55" Mitsubishi TV. I've experimented a bit with an HDV camera on it and got promising results for eventual conversion to HD output.
I have recently decided to take advantage of the surprisingly large amount of merchants selling films (16 and 35mm) at my local flea market, and in the case of finding more obscure, one of a kind titles, I'd like to know, what is the cheapest telecine facility for 35mm you know of? I don't care about color correction or anything, just a simple, raw sd transfer would be sufficient.
As far as I can tell, a KEM telecine is the same machine as a KEM editor with a different picture head. I probably could purchase a 35mm optical head and plug it in where the telecine head goes.
Any recent features show up at your flea market? I've been looking for a print of "Enchanted". My 35mm collector buddies tell me that any Disney is hard to find but I've managed a few like "101 Dalmatians" and "Aristocats". A couple of my treasures are "Galaxy Quest" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". I run a Simplex SP portable converted for Dolby SR and have the pieces to add Dolby Digital.
Posted 07 July 2008 - 09:38 PM