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Does any place still service VistaVision cameras?


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#1 Francisco Martins

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:01 PM

Might be getting a hold of one but I want to make sure its worth the investment.

 

Thanks!


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:39 AM

Where are you? The major rental companies should be able to assist you.


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#3 Keith Walters

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:44 AM

Might be getting a hold of one but I want to make sure its worth the investment.

 

Thanks!

The basic maintenance of those cameras isn't all that different from any standard 35mm film camera. 

If it's in good shape to start with, most of the maintenance will be just cleaning, adjustment and lubrication.

However, you really need to find out what state it's in before you lay any serious money down. If at all possible, get them to shoot a film test to check the mechanical stability.

If it's basically worn out, I'd steer clear of it unless it's very cheap. Some specialized  mechanical parts may be difficult to obtain, so  you may wind up paying a fortune to get it working properly.

I couldn't count the number of times I've seen people bring in a camera they've bought for a couple of grand, only to be told it's going to cost 10 to 20 times that to get it working even reasonably!

If you're a rental company with your own technicians, you can have them work on junk like that when things are quiet, and eventually turn them into rent-able items basically for the cost of parts. It's a totally different story if you're an external customer, because you'll have to pay for all that time.


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#4 Francisco Martins

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

Thanks for replying, guys. Im located in South Florida.

 

Would VV footage be anymore expensive or complicated for scanning for a digital finish than normal 35mm?


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#5 James Compton

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:55 PM

No. Locate a post production facility that has a telecine that can transfer vistaVision footage.

 

VTA http://www.vta.com/ in Atlanta, and Cineclicious http://cinelicious.tv/ in Los Angeles are two places that can.


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