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S16 LTR 54 vs. S16 Arri 16SR1


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#1 Tim Carroll

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 08:27 AM

I am looking at either a Super 16 converted Aaton LTR 54 or a Super 16 converted Arriflex 16SR1, both with PL mount. I am not sure who did the Aaton conversion, but it comes with a six month warranty, and the Arriflex conversion was done recently by Axel Broda. The packages are both the same as far as number of mags, batteries, lightweight rods, etc. and they are both in the same price range. I am trying to decide between the two. This will be my own camera, not for renting out.

The LTR has the advantage of being an easier camera to hand hold, or shoulder shoot, when compared to the Arri, but I have heard scary things about the pulldown claw and it's wear, how that effects camera noise and is not replaceable.

I know the Arri is a tank, but it sure feels heavier and more awkward for any run and gun shooting.

I am throwing this out there to see if anyone's particular experience would say to lean to one or the other of these cameras. I plan to keep it for many years but am also concerned about what the resale value may be in a decade or so.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
-Tim Carroll
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