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#1 Chris Folwell

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 06:36 PM

Hi all, I recently bought a 16mm cine camera off ebay as I've always had a interest in film rather than digital (also it was a bit of a bargain, or maybe not we'll soon find out!) and I was wondering what you might be able to tell me about it, or recommend where to go from here.

Here is the camera:

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...em=270258327218

It's a Ensign Simplex Pockette 16mm Cine Camera, Model C.C and from what I understand it has a clockwork motor and is still in working order and works at 12 and 16 fps as well as having a single frame setting.

As I mentioned I'm more or less a complete amateur but it comes with the original manual so I figured I'd give it a shot. I mostly wanted to use it for stop motion animation and also for a bit of traveling and I've already checked out a couple of websites for film etc so I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this camera or has any advice to pass on to me.

I'll update the post when I get the camera anyway.

Thanks!
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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:02 PM

Hi all, I recently bought a 16mm cine camera off ebay as I've always had a interest in film rather than digital (also it was a bit of a bargain, or maybe not we'll soon find out!) and I was wondering what you might be able to tell me about it,
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...em=270258327218

It's a Ensign Simplex Pockette 16mm Cine Camera, Model C.C and from what I understand it has a clockwork motor and is still in working order and works at 12 and 16 fps as well as having a single frame setting.



HI chris, looks like a typical home movie camera. the 16frame speed is the tipoff. These days most film is shot at "sound Speed" of 24 Frames. Don't let that stop you, you can learn a lot from playing with the unit anyway. and 16 Frames "silent speed" does give you more running time for a given lenght of film.

before you order film see if the Camera takes single or double perf stock. double perf is a bit harder to get, although it is still made.
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#3 Ira Ratner

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:31 AM

Hi, Chris. I'm pretty much a newbie too. although I have a background in still work. (Waiting for my Russian-made K-3 to make its journey from the Ukraine to the Sunshine State.)

Did that description mention a light meter? If it doesn't have one, I suggest shopping around for one. With the cost of film and processing, you don't want to take chances.
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