I recently saw a CP-16R come up on ebay, comes with lens with black dot, magazine, and dead batteries. The bids have not started yet, but I wonder if I should go for it or not?
I currently own and use a K-3, and I have the wide gate and re-centering ring to convert it to super16, I have been using it for awhile and have no issues, and enjoy using it. I am working through my double perf stock before I convert to super16.
What I am wondering is this: should I buy another camera and slowly "do it up" over time, things like re-celling the battery myself, researching super16, fixing the lens.... or should I just stick with the K-3 which needs for nothing? I do intend on shooting more than 100 ft at a time, but by the same token I do not shoot alot of film.
The trouble is, being in Aussie, 16mm cameras do not come up often, and while there are many in the rest of the world, postage is prohibitive. And there are some cheap cameras on ebay, but most in knackered condition, no lens, no battery, and no mag. Fixing one up might cost way more than I want...
When I shot super8 I ended up with lots of cameras and having to do repairs on occasion, hence my website detailing camera disassembly, I do not want to do the same thing with 16mm, too bloody expensive!
I would appreciate some thoughts, maybe someone has been in the same position?