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#1 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 01:13 AM

Does anything think that certain film tools/gear can and should be made out of plastic?

Maybe to replace metal tools/gear?

I'm interested in hearing what you all have to say.
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 02:33 AM

But that will increase our dependence on foreign oil!

In seriousness, though; off the top of my head I really can't think of any. I can think of a few plastic things I'd like replaces with metal though (like the tightening knobs on some stands)
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#3 Michael K Bergstrom

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 04:56 PM

No thank you, more metal the better. Up in Alaska in the winter, the cold causes plastic to snap very easily. In fact, even weak heat welds on metal will snap when it's really cold.
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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 11:15 PM

Crash cams. Make an Eyemo out of Delrin, but thicker than the metal specs. When the body gets crushed, switch the metal guts into a replacement body. Disposable Canon or similar lenses can be used since they are making the barrels and works out of plastic now anyway.
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#5 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 11:54 PM

I am just finishing my current demo reel. I am still livid because there are some shots that are a bit shaky due to using a lighter weight ALUMINUM tripod with certain plastic parts. I simply cannot imagine a tripod or anything else that is currently made of metal, to be completely made of plastic. Camera gear should never be plastic-made.

That is what I get for saving my own back, as for those shots I did not have any assistants to help me . :(

True, there are some super strong epoxy-resin-plastics out there, but most plastic breaks, and it is a pain to produce AND dispose of . . .

Metal all the way!
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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 07:37 AM

One thing I can think of, maybe film cans? perhaps save some money on their manufacture? But It'd have to be very strong plastic and very light-tight (obviously).
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#7 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 10:27 PM

One thing I can think of, maybe film cans? perhaps save some money on their manufacture? But It'd have to be very strong plastic and very light-tight (obviously).


100'ers of Kodak have plastic cans...so why not?
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