Aaton Penelope or Arricam LT for 2perf feature?
Posted 25 June 2010 - 02:00 PM
Posted 26 July 2010 - 06:24 PM
Has anybody any detailed information about getting exposure from previous frames on the Penelope? I was told that this might be an issue.
Posted 26 July 2010 - 06:45 PM
Having used neither on 2 perf, I can tell you that most people who use Arri cameras stick with them. I like and own Aaton cameras, but they are generally need a lot more baby-ing than Arri cameras. It drives some DPs and camera crews crazy. The Arricams are widely regarded as workhorses, and the Penelope is new enough that it does not have a rep that I know of. I would love to shoot 2-perf on a Penelope tho. And I am equally excited about Aaton's new, upcoming digimag for the Penelope.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:03 AM
Posted 29 August 2010 - 11:56 AM
The major differences are
Weight : Penelope is noticeably much lighter then an Arri LT .feels like a 16mm Aaton XTR . #1 for shoulder.
Reverse : no reverse on Penelope .
Shutter : mechanical 3 positions on Penelope
Tufness : Would not clip a Penelope on a car rig or helicopter or anything with vibrations.It's tuff but not like an Arri. (got this info from a Arri Aaton certified 30 years exper. technician )
Steadicam : Penelope is lighter ,but 1 type of mag , film displacement in the mag is front to back ,so operator's will need to rebalance.
Mags : Fragile,never frame with the hand on it, tilting the mag will create friction and noise and other potential problems.Hold upright as much as possible.
Same loading time ,easy ,out of the dark loop set,firm locks (3) .
Threading : Faster on Penelope ,clip mag and shoot.
Rods : Option of screwing rods on the body (like XTR 16mm) For ultimate lightness and compactness.
Video : Penelope has USB for image capture,unlike Arri where you need the HD videotap to do the same .
Penelope doesn't have the option for an HD videotap
Menus : Penelope has an extensive menu ,but well made ,looks like there is a lot of buttons but it's easy operation. Linear navigation like the Red camera .
Penelope menu and features are more customizable then Arri's (frame position,frame color ,camera info ,timecode ...)
Batteries : Forget about it .. I mean literally...you will probably forget this camera even runs with batteries. I used the same 2 batteries on a 12h day ,8 mags 400' loads
(voltage started at 16v,still had 14.7v at the end ) Amazing and super light.
Accessories: Arri's wireless units, LDS ,electronic shutter and in-camera compensation, etc... Arri integrates more electronics, more ''options''for many uses.
Aaton is straight forward but it will look more like a christmas tree then an Arri with it's own integrated box units.so start building your own little
bracket attachments because it s basically like a 235 .
Christmas tree = wireless transmitter, wireless FIZ MDR box, cinetape ,splitter box ...
Viewfinder : Penelope doesn't have the telescope viewfinder (left to right) ,only one position but it has the same eyepiece attachment as Arri's for the medium and long extensions.
The choice can be easy or heartbreaking. HAving both system in your truck would be heaven . But you can't go wrong with either one.
Posted 15 January 2011 - 07:36 PM
Yeah they might not have all the bells and whistles as the Penelope but they are all great cameras and the resulting image is the same!
At least now you know there are other options out there that wont kill your budget.
Posted 21 June 2015 - 02:16 AM
Not sure about the LT but i've used the penelope 2-perf from abel cine in LA a couple of times and loved it both times. Really wonderful.