I'm currently looking to get a 16mm crystal-sync camera within the next few months, on a budget of probably $1500 max... Most likely I'll get the NPR, actually I thought I was certain, but now I'm not. One of the sales I've been looking at is this ebay listing, though with only one mag, no handgrip, no eyecup, and having only used Super-8 and a Bolex before, I'm cautious, don't want to get screwed by my naïveté and end up with a camera that needs a thousand-dollar overhaul. Obviously I'm not buying anything without asking some questions (e.g. film test) first.
I expect to be doing at least a little bit of run-and-gun shooting, so coaxial magazines would be nice, but being able to afford a tripod that can support my camera is a must. I've heard that the NPR's mags are hard to load, and tend to fall off easily. Of course, I've also heard that the ACL's mags fall off easily, so maybe I should just go with a CP-16. If I go with an ACL, I don't want to have to deal with the problems (weak motor, etc). I can't actually remember what it was I read that made me feel an NPR would be better for me than a good ACL II though.
I know the CP-16 has its quirks too, and it seems so far like I might have more trouble finding a CP kit that I won't get frustrated with.
So. Thoughts? Offers? Critiques? I've looked at posts like mine and none of the resulting threads had me making a conclusive decision, so here I am.