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#1 Michael Carter

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:41 PM

I jsut want a good 16mm camera to use and I'm used to the H16 type.
The one I now have is a RX. This one has one 25mm Som Berthiot f 1.4 lens on it. The camera has a shutter lever, 18fps, single perf gear inside, a turrett handle and a filter slot, I have the little slider filters. The top and bottom are round, not flat, so a handle is used on it just to hold it some. There is a little fungus in the lens.

Should I send it away to have serviced and fitted with a motor? It has a 8 frame shaft, not a 1:1.

Or should I try to trade it in on one ready to go?

Or sell it on e-bay then purchase one ready to do.

I do like to project my films and am not sure about going Super wide but I know that is the way to do it for 35mm or HDTV.

There is a tiny spot of rust on the film path from condensation on film left inside it while in a wet film store by a stream. It is on the base part that does not move.

I've never used the camera.

I would very much like to have a bright view finder. This one seems rather dim.



Thanks,

Michael Carter

Edited by Michael Carter, 29 May 2005 - 08:45 PM.

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#2 JimMcGee

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 12:39 AM

Hi Michael,

It sounds like your camera has a few issues that need attention before shooting some film through it. It may be easier to sell it on ebay and buy one that is in good useable condition. A lot will depend on the amount of money you are willing to spend. The rust you mention is certainly something you should be concerned about because it could damage or scratch your film. The fungus in the lens is not a good thing but may not be that noticeable. It depends how much fungus you are talking about. It may cost more to get it serviced than it is worth.
However, only you can decide that. I would probably sell it and buy something that you know will serve you better. This is not a suggestion, it is only my opinion. I hope this helps.

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#3 Steven Budden

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 07:05 PM

I jsut want a good 16mm camera to use and I'm used to the H16 type.
The one I now have is a RX. This one has one 25mm Som Berthiot f 1.4 lens on it. The camera has a shutter lever, 18fps, single perf gear inside, a turrett handle and a filter slot, I have the little slider filters. The top and bottom are round, not flat, so a handle is used on it just to hold it some. There is a little fungus in the lens.

Should I send it away to have serviced and fitted with a motor? It has a 8 frame shaft, not a 1:1.

Or should I try to trade it in on one ready to go?

Or sell it on e-bay then purchase one ready to do.

I do like to project my films and am not sure about going Super wide but I know that is the way to do it for 35mm or HDTV.

There is a tiny spot of rust on the film path from condensation on film left inside it while in a wet film store by a stream. It is on the base part that does not move.

I've never used the camera.

I would very much like to have a bright view finder. This one seems rather dim.
Thanks,

Michael Carter

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How much do you want to spend? I've been scoping email for a year now for these things, I pretty much know what they'll go for.

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#4 Steven Budden

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 07:07 PM

Also, you don't need to send it away to fit it with a motor. Just buy a tobin and stick it on. The new tobin is crystal sync and works with the 8 drive shaft. Five hundredish.

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#5 Michael Carter

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 08:54 AM

Jim at Bernies in Pgh along with Tony the lens tech are doing the work. After a few new films are shot, Guy will enlarge the gate as large as possible; then, I'll need the proper Switars.

Wanna buy some film lab stuff and help me pay for all this?
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#6 Michael Carter

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:40 PM

Well, it is almost two months now and Jim has not fixed the camera yet. Dave is now supposidly working on my lenses. He is not done either. This is bad. I want my camera and lenses back!
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#7 Michael Carter

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Posted 30 July 2005 - 09:29 PM

Monday it is supposed to be ready. ( Yea, right; I've heard that for 2 months now)
The lenses were returned to me. They were not cleaned as I requested. There is dirt inside as before. It looks like they cleaned the outsides and not the insides. The 10mm is not brown looking anymore but it still is mottley and they said no charge for that one. I'm glad it is not brown anymore. Obviously the mucelage was not replaced only bleached out somehow. Sunlight? I can see the dust, dirt, and mold? in the two 25mm ones.
I hope the camera fares better!
Pittsburgh Camera Exchange.
Jim said Dave did not do the work. Yesterday he did, today he didn't. I went in there today just to ask him about why he didn't clean out the 25s and how did he get the 10 to be clear again, but was told someone else did it??
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Posted 31 July 2005 - 02:23 PM

I have a 10 x viewfinder and that's dim too. I guess you focus while the lens is wide open and then stop down, otherwise you can't see a thing. That's why it's good to have a side finder too I guess.

Also, I'm not sure it's worth having the inside of those lenses cleaned out. It would probably cost almost as much as new ones, and many won't do it for fear or destroying the lens altogether.

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#9 Michael Carter

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Posted 06 August 2005 - 02:22 PM

The local camera tech said he would not touch any lens that you could not get new parts for. I asked him what about if I provided him with a spair part lens? We'll see. However, he does regularly clean INSIDE of lenses. I also asked about my Keystone K-9. " I won't touch it." "But I have three! You can use two for parts." "OK, bring them in." Hoo boy.
Currently, he is replacing the gate in my RX camera since Jim has a ton of them as spair part cameras. The governers are bad. I asked him why he doesn't just put a motor on them. "It isn't worth it." (It is to ME.) ...
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#10 Michael Carter

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 08:31 AM

http://www.cinematec...ns_service.html

Now I know the REST of the story.
Like in a Calvin cartoon, to the tech I must have appeared as a blob zog creature emiting spores.

Anyway, the lens does look clear if not examined too closely. The second one looks better - that is another story.

I'm spoiled by my H8RX4. To get the same in 16 would cost as much as a 3ccd camera.
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#11 Michael Carter

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 01:55 PM

The Som Berthiot 25mm normal or RX lens takes a Ser 5.5 filter. However, an Ednalite does not fit as it is too wide. What filters are made to fit as is, that is without any grinding? :o :angry:
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#12 Michael Carter

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 11:14 AM

Well, two more weeks have gone by. No camera yet. I found tony's shop. Jim sent the camera to him. He had rejected cleaning the lenses on the basis of ... no parts ... I gave him a second one for parts ... fungus or mold? ... the camera was just as moldy! The "moldy" lenses were on the camera in a moldy bag. Wonder why he agreed to work on the camera then. I dunno.

Meanwhile, during all this frustration, I bought an older gentlemen's H16T non reflex Bolex camera. I had seen it a year ago when he showed us some home movies. What to my surprise the camera came with single perf wheels. WOW! The main reason to fix the RX was it took 1R film. That and it has a filter slot so using filters was easy as one gel in each holder and all three lenses could be used on one filter. Nice. Now, my old H8rx has filter rings that fit onto the 75mm and 16mm blacks that came with the camera. Another SomBerthiot had a slip over ser 6 ring that jammed the other lenses. Two more 25mm Switar lens purchases and one junker H16M later I have a complete set of black lenses that take filter rings. Less a shutter that the RX has; the Bolex H16T does not have a variable shutter. I can live without a shutter now that I have a working Bolex 1R with ser 5 filter rings for each lens. At least I HAVE A CAMERA NOW.

It is a lot easier to outfit a NonReflex Bolex outfit and cheaper and faster than to go for a RX outfit.

:P <_<

Edited by Michael Carter, 14 August 2005 - 11:17 AM.

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#13 Steven Budden

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 09:41 PM

Do 100' loads normally come in single perf unless specified, or double unless specified? Because I just bought a bunch of rolls of black and white negative kodak and they all came double perf, to my surprise (I didn't specify... I just assume they'd be single). Not that it mattered much... I am shooting R 16, but for future reference. Because if double are easy to come by anyway then why the scramble for cameras that take single perf only?

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 10:15 PM

I'm new here. Anyway, AFAIK double perf is somewhat hard to get. Fuji doesn't make it, and you have to special order it from Kodak - anyone know if there's a minimum, or higher price associated with this?

Anyway, I have an H16 on its way that may very well be double perf. I can either use Foma double perf, special order Kodak films, or convert it to single... does anyone know what serial numbers tended to be double or single perf? Mine is 66000 or so (has the octameter and eye level focuser). I hope it's single, but I think the chances are about 75% that it will be double.
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#15 Michael Carter

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:12 AM

Double perf was a special order from Denver? I could only get single perf negative. Strange they sent you double. Sell it and buy some 1R. They may be dumping old stock?

Low serial numbers mean double perf wheels. However, I have a H16M with single perf wheels you can have for $50 and change them yourself?
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Posted 15 August 2005 - 11:32 AM

Well, Action Camera here in SF is a resource for experimental filmmakers and for a few of the schools here. Maybe since most of them shoot R 16 (and probably many on older cameras) they keep R 16 standard in stock. I dunno.

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#17 Michael Carter

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 11:57 AM

I just called Pittsburgh Camera Exchange about my camera. The girl went to talk to the man. ..The camera is here and Jim is working on it. However, today is his day off and (can't talk to you) can call tomorrow. Yea, right. :(
Now I'm thinking:
The tech down the street was supposed to fix it, not Jim. Jim could not fix it last go round. Why is he at work if it is his day off? He never calles me.
Isn't this fun? May 30 - Sept 28.

Edited by Michael Carter, 28 September 2005 - 11:58 AM.

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#18 Steven Budden

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 12:39 PM

Have you paid them anything yet? I think camera repair folks are just often slow and don't do things unless they're forced. Make up some tight deadline and say you need it by then or you'll find someone else. Maybe that will call their bluff. They won't get much business stealing people's cameras and I've been worried about the same thing in the past but the worries turned out to be unwarranted.

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#19 Michael Carter

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 12:00 PM

Have you paid them anything yet? I think camera repair folks are just often slow and don't do things unless they're forced. Make up some tight deadline and say you need it by then or you'll find someone else. Maybe that will call their bluff. They won't get much business stealing people's cameras and I've been worried about the same thing in the past but the worries turned out to be unwarranted.

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No. I got scared and took back the handle and lenses. So I have them back now. I hope you're right.
They lost a lot of business from ME already; lenses, filters, filter rings, tripod, lights... I have already bought some of them other places and NONE of them from PCE.
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#20 Michael Carter

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Posted 22 October 2005 - 03:21 PM

I got the camera today.
It was put into PCE in April when I bought a new Sekonic light meter. Today is October 22.
The rust is gone and it runs real quiet.
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