Victor Cine model 5
Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:16 AM
Any help or advice if I could fix it would be appreciated.
Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:03 AM
Ask your questions to the members of this Yahoo Group:
The moderator is very knowledgeable with Alexander Victor and his cine equipment, he owns several cameras like yours.
Posted 24 July 2014 - 09:32 PM
it's most likely the spring belt, which you should be able to see connecting to the take-up spindle:
If it's broken or stretched, you need to remove the spring motor housing to replace it. Victors are very simple, just 4 screws hold that housing on - 2 at the front just behind the turret (you need to unscrew the little reflex viewing eyepiece to be able to undo one screw), and 2 at the back just in front of the leather strap bracket screws. Then the whole side unit comes off. Undo the screw holding the brass take-up drive gear and you can remove the belt:
I don't know where you'd find a new spring belt really, your best chance is probably to ask someone on ebay who sells projector belts if they have a spring belt with an unstretched diameter of about 30mm.
Someone who repairs Bolexes would be able to service a Victor if you want to spend money getting it spruced up.
After all that advice though, I actually wouldn't recommend a Victor camera for filming. First off you'll need to find double-perfed film because the drive sprocket has teeth on the opposite side to the pull-down claw. Secondly, the gate design on Victors is terrible, almost guaranteed to produce unsteady footage. And thirdly they are not as reliable as something like a Bolex or a Filmo, and might easily break down once you start using them. I don't think it's worth wasting film stock unless you really like the idea of using such an ancient machine. (The camera itself won't give you a vintage look, if that's what you're hoping, that's all in the film stock and lenses and processing. These days you can pick up much newer 16mm camera bodies for peanuts.
Posted 24 July 2014 - 10:55 PM