After browsing around in an old thread about Wittnerchrome, I noticed people chiming in about using ester stocks in modern motion picture cameras. Dom Jaeger helpfully chimed in about potential issues with movements when using these as recording film.
I couldn’t help but wonder: why does this present an issue, and are there any ways around it? How exactly can an estar base ruin the movement of a camera - is it because the mechanism of a claw is too much for the base to handle and, therefore, gums up the camera?
I own and use an Arri 416 (and have a Bolex and K3 for B cameras) and am curious about using estar-base stock in the 416. I would love some info as to how and why (and if) I should steer clear of using this type of stock.
I might make calls to camera technicians this week, but wanted some experts here to chime in as well. Figured it was best to put this all in one place.