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#1 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:37 PM

I impulsively bought an Auricon "chop top" camera recently on e-bay.

Chop-tops were 100ft auricon cameras that were converted by third parties to use a 400ft or larger magazine so that they would be practical as TV News cameras. The unit I got is missing any nameplate so I am not sure who did the conversion, or what type of magazine I am dealing with....

The back of the mag is at http://flic.kr/p/adZcmk The front, Loaded with some
blue leader is at http://flic.kr/p/adZbWD

A photo of the bottom of the mag is at http://flic.kr/p/ae327Q
and the mounting area on the camera is at
http://www.flickr.co...123/6054720404/

I am hoping that one of the old equipment hounds in teh group can tell me what I have gotten myself into.
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#2 John Sprung

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 04:31 PM

It doesn't seem to have the Bell&Howell light trap and mounting screw, unless the whole throat has been replaced. There's a lot of custom machine shop work on this, but the carcass is a mass produced screw lid magazine. With B&H out, Mitchell would be the most likely suspect. But, of course, it's highly modified. It could be from some low volume maker, too.




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