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#1 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 10:22 AM

Can anyone tell me just how loud/quiet the SR is?  I know it's a sync-sound camera, but so is the 16 BL and I remember even that having a bit more than a purr to it when I used it.

 

Thanks for any help.


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 10:41 AM

It depends on which model, the later ones were quieter. They used to fit a blimp on SRs being used on some dramas in the UK.


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#3 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:01 AM

There's a Mk-1 on ebay that I'm looking at.  I have no idea what that means...


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#4 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:35 AM

Bill,  post the ebay link to make it easier to help.

MK-1 probably just means SR I.  Most people will say get the latest model SR that you can.  And I'm sure you have dug up all the old threads .... importance of knowing the maintenance history etc.

 

The environment that you shoot in has a big effect on camera noise.  Shoot a scene with intimate sound in a small bathroom with all reflective surfaces (soundwise)  and it's a lot harder.  Say hello to a sound recordist who has worked near these cameras and he will give you some ideas.


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#5 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:42 AM

Here you go:

 

Arriflex SR Mk1


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:56 AM

From memory the SR1 was supposed to have the same noise level as an Arri 16BL, about 31dB A. Of course, that's when new and much will depend on the maintenance of the camera and old cameras may not match this any more. I recall some loud old Arri 16BLs, which weren't the same as these cameras in their prime.


Edited by Brian Drysdale, 23 November 2015 - 11:59 AM.

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#7 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 12:16 PM

Well it has a German motor which should make it a little quieter than early SRs, but you'd prob still want a barney for dialogue. Depends on service history etc. but it should be a little quieter than a 16BL and no need to blimp the lens.
It will be standard 16 with a B mount, but the lens and some accessories are there at least. I'd ask about the batteries, if they haven't been recelled in the last 5 years you'll likely need new ones or an alternative power supply. Old SR mags can also have issues with the rubber paint lining the platter and door getting sticky.
SR3s are PL mount, S16 and a lot quieter and steadier, but that's a pretty cheap deal for what seems a ready to shoot package.
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#8 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 12:25 PM

Thanks, guys.


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#9 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 01:18 PM

The 1st gen SR's were pretty loud for sync sound cameras. They got better over the years, the SR3's are by far the quietest. I agree with Dom, the SR3's are kind of the way to go because they fixed many of the issues of the earlier cameras.

You could always the go the route I did, buy an Aaton LTR. I honestly like the SR more in a lot of ways, but the Aaton does do the job, it has excellent registration and most importantly, it's a lot cheaper to maintain. My Aaton is pretty quiet and with the barnie, it's silent.

If you're interested, let me know because I've got a buddy selling one here in LA, he can cut you a killer deal on it, thou it's straight 16 not S16.
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#10 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 04:07 PM

If you're interested, let me know because I've got a buddy selling one here in LA, he can cut you a killer deal on it, thou it's straight 16 not S16.

 

Thanks, but I've been holding out for a good deal on an SR-2 or SR-3, so I might as well stay that course.


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#11 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 04:21 PM

Still half tempted to sell off mine some days.

But hard to part with it. I would say, certainly hold out for a 2 or 3.


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#12 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 04:26 PM

Still half tempted to sell off mine some days.
But hard to part with it. I would say, certainly hold out for a 2 or 3.


I thought you put your SR3 up for sale last year Adrian?
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#13 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 06:59 PM

I did; though not much good came of it. It's a long story involving g/fs and ex g/fs and other such things ending up in a sale contract which was never fulfilled. As of late it sits in storage.


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#14 Giray Izcan

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:57 PM

Even with an SR 2, the camera won't be quiet enough for dialogue recording in a small room - not necessarily a tiled bathroom but even a regular small bedroom. You would need a barney with 2's too for sure.


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