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Out of Focus: What happens when your Canon 310XL says screw you!


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#1 Matt Stevens

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:54 PM

The normally reliant Canon 310XL went wonky on my recently and an tire roll of Tri-X was just not focused right. I've no idea what went wrong, but it DID go wrong.

So I just edited some of it together in a little video.

Transfer by the guys at filmmaker8.com and they do good work with a quick turnaround.


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#2 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:09 AM

Was it just one roll? That was odd... did you hit the lens at any point? Is it loose at all?
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:59 AM

I wonder if the film cartridge's plastic pressure plate has been pushed in beforehand ? ....though I suspect the claw wouldn't engage properly in that situation.

John S :unsure:
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#4 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 07:08 AM

At a guess I'd say the film wasn't flat in the gate - it's noticeably softer on one side. Which could be the cartridge, or something in the gate.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:00 AM

It was just that single roll, so likely correct, Dom. I have a lot more footage from that roll, obviously and will make something out of it. Some of it looks perty weird and cool.
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#6 Will Montgomery

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:07 AM

How much for that plugin? :rolleyes:
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:51 PM

??? You've lost me. Maybe it's late and I am tired, but I've no close what your asking.
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#8 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:02 PM

He was joking because it looks like a cool effect of some kind.

Yeah, if it was just the one roll, I agree with the cartridge plate.
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#9 Geoff Howell

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:42 AM

looks cool whatever it is!
The registration seems pretty good, if the pressure plate was even a little bit out of whack wouldn't the film be jumping around?

Is it at all possible that this happened in the telecine?
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#10 Will Montgomery

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:16 AM

Is it at all possible that this happened in the telecine?

Just project it to see. I have a feeling that whomever transferred it would have investigated the problem at the time though. Which means it's probably on film that way.
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#11 Matt Stevens

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 05:37 PM

Exactly. I know Tom at filmmaker8 had a look at it and he warned me there was something off with that entire roll. poop happens. B)
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#12 Will Montgomery

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 09:41 AM

Sh*t happens. B)

I've had many more 35mm rolls go bad on my Eyemo than I've ever had issues with Super 8 even on my cheapest cameras.
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