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Beaulieu R16 "Automatic" Capability for Prime Lenses


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#1 Jon Wells

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 09:45 PM

I have a Beaulieu R16 EL, which means it has servo motors for auto zoom and auto iris positioned on the turret, very close to the zoom lens.  The EL is really meant to be used with an Angeneiux 12-120 zoom with auto zoom and auto iris capability.  However, I would like to attach prime lenses to it as well.  At issue is that the zoom and iris motors stick out from the turret to the extent they they will appear in the field of view of the taking lens.  Obviously not something that is desireable.  My question is, before I buy c-mount lenses on e-bay, how wide can I go without the motor housings appearing in the viewfinder?  It seems that even a 25mm could be questionable.  Any way to remove the motors short of major surgery?  Suggestions?

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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 04:10 AM

I'm not very familiar with these, but I believe the reglomatic turret plate can be switched over to a single mount with no reglomatic motors. Perhaps contact Bjorne Andersson at info@beaulieu-service.com who is a Beaulieu repair specialist.
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#3 Josh Gladstone

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 05:27 PM

I just tried a Wollensak 17mm I had lying around and I couldn't see the motors, but the motors on this Beaulieu are shorter than the ones in the picture. I'm pretty sure the turret is removable via the little switch on the side, but I've never actually done it.


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#4 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 09:35 AM

These days, with falling prices, it would probably be cheaper to get a second body with three-lens turret and dedicate that to the primes.

 

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