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#1 Magnus Hraunberg

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:22 PM

I have an S16mm Aaton camera that I bought on ebay. It was stated that it was Aaton XTR. When I got it I looked at images online as well as manual and those "XTR'S" look a bit different. I tried to search online for answers but without luck.
Which Aaton do I actually have? Serial is C 1673. On the PL mount there's a sticker that says "Les Bosher" which means it has most likely been converted to S16mm.
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#2 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:40 PM

Nathan Milford posted this a few years ago when he was working for AbelCineTech:

Here it is copied and pasted:

1974 to 1982 - Aaton LTR (#250 to #950)
- Most bodes were 16mm only
- 32fps Top Speed
- Mechanical Drive for Mags
- Optional Light Meter
- Optional Relay optics for VR 30 tube tap.

1982 to 1985 - Aaton 54LTR (#950 to #1300)
- 54fps Top Speed
- Super 16
- Optional Light Meter
- Optional Relay optics for VR 30 tube tap.

1986 to 1992 - Aaton XTR (#1300 to #1785)
- 54fps Top Speed
- Magnetic Drive
- Super 16
- Light Meter
- Relay Optics for VR30 Tub Tap

1992 to 1994 - Aaton X0plus (#1785 to #1900)
- 60fps Top Speed
- Magentic Drive
- Super 16
- Screw-in 15mm front rods
- Designed to be upgraded to the XTRplus
- Optional port for integrated CCD video tap

1992 to 1994 - Aaton XTRplus (#1785 to #1900)
- 60fps Top Speed
- Magentic Drive
- Super 16
- Screw-in 15mm front rods
- Light Meter
- Integrated CCD video tap
- Aaton Code
- LCD Side Display

1994 to present - Aaton X0plus (#1900 and above)
- 75fps Top Speed (Tri-Phase Motor)
- Magenetic Drive
- Super 16
- Screw-in 15mm front rods
- Lower power consumption
- Upgradable to XTRplus
- Optional port for integrated CCD video tap

1994 to present - Aaton XTRplus (#1900 and above)
- 75fps Top Speed (Tri-Phase Motor)
- Magenetic Drive
- Super 16
- Screw-in 15mm front rods
- Lower power consumption
- Light Meter
- Integrated CCD video tap
- AatonCode
- Side Display

1994 to present - Aaton XTRprod (#1900 and above)
- 75fps Top Speed (Tri-Phase Motor)
- Magenetic Drive
- Super 16
- Screw-in 15mm front rods
- Lower power consumption
- Light Meter
- Integrated CCD video tap
- AatonCode
- Illuminated Side Display
- Built in speed control in .001fps increments
- Variable shutter

These are sort of rough as there are grey areas where upgrades have been performed where you have amalgamations such as the XC, LTR-X, XTR-j and what not.


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#3 John Brawley

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:52 AM

I have an S16mm Aaton camera that I bought on ebay. It was stated that it was Aaton XTR. When I got it I looked at images online as well as manual and those "XTR'S" look a bit different. I tried to search online for answers but without luck.
Which Aaton do I actually have? Serial is C 1673. On the PL mount there's a sticker that says "Les Bosher" which means it has most likely been converted to S16mm.
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Looks Like an XTR Plus to me

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#4 Magnus Hraunberg

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

Awesome!! ;) Thanks.
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#5 rob spence

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

Thats a Les Bosher sticker on the PL mount ...so he's probably been the one to add it.
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#6 Irmeli Rehbein

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:53 AM

the viewfinder is an LTR viewfinder..so you have a bit of a frankenstein camera here ;)
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#7 Isaac Brooks

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:36 PM

Hi,

It's an XTR for sure. The viewfinders on SOME Aaton's represent a crossover in design / part use between models, and between the variations in design among models, so it's still a legit XTR.

I'm pretty sure all XTRs were manufactured to be Super 16 capable. The PL mount might have been upgraded by Les from an Aaton mount, hence his name on it. This era of the XTR was the first to see PL mount as a standard on Aaton 16mm systems.


Enjoy. My XTR represents to me the pinnacle of 16mm motion picture camera construction. They were designed to be a joy to use, and the XTR is a good family of cameras as they are still pretty easily repaired and augmented, a better investment than and LTR, in my opinion.

Best,

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#8 Sean Elder

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:56 AM

I was informed that it is an XTR, but not the XTR Production model, if that helps out any!
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