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#1 Stewart Munro

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:09 AM

how good are Arriflex S/B 16mm film camera?ang how much would you pay for one?thanks
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#2 Annie Wengenroth

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:34 AM

Well, I have an Arriflex S with 3 primes, 2 mags, matte box, and battery belt. So far I've put about $1400 into the package. I initially bought the camera body, lenses, and mags, for $900. I have seen them go on ebay for as much as $4000 for a complete package but I've also seen them around the same price range as what I paid. I kinda lucked out with mine and would have probably paid more if I'd had to. I'd say anywhere from one to three grand is reasonable. It's hard to say because it depends so much on the condition of the camera and accessories.

As for them being good cameras, well you know what I'm gonna say, but then again I'm biased! I think they are good because even though they're obviously not meant for sync-sound work, they are built really well and very solid, but easy to work with handheld because you can use internal 100' daylight loads. For something that was initially constructed half a century ago, they have held up over the years. I think the only other things you can put into that category are cars, houses, and people...and some rare breeds of parrot? Wine? Vinyl LPs? Guitars? ;)

On the other hand, Owning a Film Camera is a Big Investment ™ because it requires maintenance and you have to be able to afford the film to shoot on it. But then again, you're guaranteed to own a functional camera for life, whereas a video camera will become obsolete and eventually all your friends will laugh at you for shooting on an outdated format with something that cost $2000 new and now goes for less than half of that, used.

I think that was a long-winded way of saying "Very good" and "A few thousand."
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#3 Marty Hamrick

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:07 AM

I've used the Arri S off and on for many projects for MOS work.It's my favorite of the older 16mm MOS cameras.Very easy to operate and built like a tank.Not exactly comfortable for hand held work (I preferred such as the Beaulieu R-16 for handheld MOS run and gun stuff),but off the sticks they're fine.Relatively low cost for a pin registered film camera.I like the ability to go between 100 foot loads and 400 foot mags.Sometimes you need the small size.
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#4 Rik Andino

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 03:09 PM

The Arri SB is probably considered the best 16mm MOS camera around...
Most of them are around 40 years old (they were made in the 60's)
But most of them (if well maintained) are still in very good working conditions.

They're great for 2nd Unit cameras and for music videos and student shoots.
And are much better than the popular Bolex because they produce steadier images
And run on battery power not spring wound mechanism.

Usually the price range varies from around $1000US to $3000US.
Of course you might find ones that go beyond that range...
But unless they have some very rare & expensive accessory...
They're not worth spending 4grand or 5grand.

Usually a good Arri SB package is around $2000 - $2500.
A worn Arri SB package is around $1000...
Sometimes it might be cheaper to buy a worn unit and then paid to repair it.

Duall Camera in NYC is one of the best service places for Arri S's

http://www.duallcamera.com

It's always good to know where youcan take a camera for service and repairs...

Eitherways
Good Luck
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#5 Annie Wengenroth

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 08:35 PM

Or you could do what I did and buy it in parts.

SOMEDAY MY CAMERA PACKAGE WILL BE COMPLETE!

:EVIL LAUGHTER:

(LIGHTNING STRIKES)

Oh...sorry... B)
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