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#1 Tebbe Schoeningh

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 08:29 AM

Hi,

is there anything special to have in mind for camera tests on the LT system?

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#2 Mike Panczenko

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:43 AM

Hi,

is there anything special to have in mind for camera tests on the LT system?

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Tebbe



Nothing different doing a test with the LT than any other modern camera. Two things to watch out for- if you do a timing test where you mark the film with a sharpie and inch the camera to check the shutter timing, be aware that on the Arricams, you cannot inch it like you would an older camera. The movement and the shutter are electronically synced, so what you need to do, is set the camera to its slowest frame rate, and run it while looking in the lens port. Inching it won't give an accurate representation. Also, check to make sure the mags are in your desired meters or feet. They will be off, and the mag counters are a constant issue of either dying, or freaking out going to the one you don't want. It feeds the counter on the body, so that is something to check, as well.

Make sure you know how to convert to the different modes- handheld vs. steadicam vs. studio. It's all allen key based, so make sure you know how to do this. Make sure it has current software- older software on the Arricams can lead to jams.

Nothing too different from any other modern camera- just a few things to be aware of. Hope this helps!
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:51 AM

Nothing different doing a test with the LT than any other modern camera. Two things to watch out for- if you do a timing test where you mark the film with a sharpie and inch the camera to check the shutter timing, be aware that on the Arricams, you cannot inch it like you would an older camera. The movement and the shutter are electronically synced, so what you need to do, is set the camera to its slowest frame rate, and run it while looking in the lens port. Inching it won't give an accurate representation. Also, check to make sure the mags are in your desired meters or feet. They will be off, and the mag counters are a constant issue of either dying, or freaking out going to the one you don't want. It feeds the counter on the body, so that is something to check, as well.

Make sure you know how to convert to the different modes- handheld vs. steadicam vs. studio. It's all allen key based, so make sure you know how to do this. Make sure it has current software- older software on the Arricams can lead to jams.

Nothing too different from any other modern camera- just a few things to be aware of. Hope this helps!


Thanks, Mike, very useful!
I didn´t get the mag part. Do you mean that the mags change from meters to feet automatically? Or are there problems with the accurance of the film count?

Thanks again

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#4 Mike Panczenko

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:57 PM

Thanks, Mike, very useful!
I didn´t get the mag part. Do you mean that the mags change from meters to feet automatically? Or are there problems with the accurance of the film count?

Thanks again

t.


Hey, - no, to change the mag from meters to feet it is SUPPOSED to happen by pressing in both dimples on the back simultaneously. What happens often though, is the electronics will freak out, and switch from meters to feet, or vice versa, on their own, or not be able to be set back. Often, also, the battery that keeps the counter alive when the mag is not on the camera will die, and you can't reset it unless it is powered off the camera. The electronic counter on the mag is a weak point in that system. If it does suddenly change from meters to feet, or vice versa, it is often a contact mating problem, and if you reseat the mag on the body, it will often fix the problem.
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#5 Tebbe Schoeningh

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 02:09 PM

Hey, - no, to change the mag from meters to feet it is SUPPOSED to happen by pressing in both dimples on the back simultaneously. What happens often though, is the electronics will freak out, and switch from meters to feet, or vice versa, on their own, or not be able to be set back. Often, also, the battery that keeps the counter alive when the mag is not on the camera will die, and you can't reset it unless it is powered off the camera. The electronic counter on the mag is a weak point in that system. If it does suddenly change from meters to feet, or vice versa, it is often a contact mating problem, and if you reseat the mag on the body, it will often fix the problem.



thanks again mike. i´ve been reading the manual today, unluckily they don´t mention all the small hints you might need during the shot ;)
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:33 PM

Hey, - no, to change the mag from meters to feet it is SUPPOSED to happen by pressing in both dimples on the back simultaneously. What happens often though, is the electronics will freak out, and switch from meters to feet, or vice versa, on their own, or not be able to be set back. Often, also, the battery that keeps the counter alive when the mag is not on the camera will die, and you can't reset it unless it is powered off the camera. The electronic counter on the mag is a weak point in that system. If it does suddenly change from meters to feet, or vice versa, it is often a contact mating problem, and if you reseat the mag on the body, it will often fix the problem.


If you're getting this problem the mag memory battery needs replacing. Any reputable rental house would sort this out pronto.
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