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Simon Wyss

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In Topic: Continuous scratch along non emulsion side of Krasnogorsk 3

Today, 03:36 AM

I feel awfully sorry about my repetitiveness. The 16mm format technology was developed to semi-pro and professional levels, we have a consciousness of how it looks and what’s possible with it. I have a hard time with each such discussion from which it is obvious that somebody wants to save on the food money. Filmo 70s can be found for less than $100 today, sure, not necessarily in good shape, but the differences in design and construction to a Soviet made camera are deafening.

 

Over the years I could accumulate detailed knowledge of and gain experience in the performance of varied cameras. I’m even of the opinion that all the amateur ciné cameras manufactured behind the Iron Curtain are West designs, pure transfer of technology. Responsibles in the Soviet union didn’t have the deep and broad understanding of fine mechanics the specialists had in Chicago. Only as an illustration, Kodak is struggling to bring a camera to the market right because they’re as innocent as Breshnev was what regards motion-picture machinery. The Kiev 16 Alpha has quite a flubbed film trajectory, not seldomly the film jumps out of place. The Krasnogorsk offer similar unnecessary insufficiencies.

 

If you want a certain degree of product reliability, you better invest in proven and well repairable products. Price differences aren’t that big but the after market life is. I must complete the picture by saying that there are rather bad European and American cameras. The Pathé WEBO M is one of them.

 

Why do Ciné-Kodak Specials in decent shape still cost several hundreds? They are well made. Technicians can bring them back to perfect functioning. CKS means big flat base, 1600 frames continuous run on a wind, finely adjustable speeds down to 8 fps (also to double or triple the amount of light reaching the film), quick-change magazines, a reflex finder usable prior to shooting, and oilers for fast moving parts.

 

The Revere 101/103 have a first class film canal and automatic threading. Paillard-Bolex H are good entry-level products. No plastic. By the way, there’s a reason for metal film spools: less static charge. Film acts as an electric capacitor when rolled.


In Topic: Cheaper prices for Kodak 16mm stock

Yesterday, 10:31 AM

Not happy with Winkelmann’s Neglab?


In Topic: Continuous scratch along non emulsion side of Krasnogorsk 3

Yesterday, 04:40 AM

There are so many better made 16mm cameras on the market that I can hardly understand why the Krasnogorsk get that much attention. Yes, mirror reflex finder, yes, low prices. But the film path is weakish. The GIC 16 has similarly cheap guides at the sprocket. Even the old Ciné-Kodak has more dependable mechanics. Isn’t the way the film is treated most important?


In Topic: 16mm color reversal film

Yesterday, 03:59 AM

Let’s wait and see whether the announced new Ektachrome will be available in more formats than just Super-8. Kodakers would be blockheads, if they didn’t convert to 35mm and 16mm. Ektachrome would be just right for Eyemo users and 16mm amateurs, amateurs in the best sense of the word, enthusiasts.


In Topic: What camera is this??

15 December 2017 - 12:10 PM

It’s a Double-Super 8 camera.


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