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#1 Frank Cook

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:43 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my gear with the addition of an Arri 35 BL I with 2-perf movement. I film mostly wildlife, so the ability to shoot at speeds up to 100fps and keep a steady registration is important. I have been using an Arri IIC, and it works very well, but makes too much noise when filming from close range. Also, most of the footage is bluescreen footage, and needs to be rock steady.

Does shooting 2-perf eliminate the need for high-speed rollers on the magazine? It seems like it should since the film is only moving half as fast. Anyone "been there, done that?"

I've been price shopping, but have not found "the" camera. I might buy one, and have it converted (price quote for conversion is ~ $8,000 USD). But, I'm checking prices on camera's that already have the 2-perf movement.

Other cameras might do the job, but must be light enough for me to backpack a couple of hours to the location, be silent, and VERY reliable (sending a camera out for repair is a really big deal).

Any ideas?
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