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Hello guys! Maybe there is an Eclair Cameflex expert among you. I just found an interesting offer for a 2perf Eclair Cameflex on a German platform. I'm no connoisseur of 35mm so I can't really evaluate the quality of this 2perf-conversion. I hoped someone could help me. Replies (also regarding general points to watch out for when purchasing a Cameflex) are very welcome!










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Looks like it's in good condition for its age. What kind of price are they asking for? The main thing to check is if it is a CM3T which was the Cameflex original version or whether it has been converted. The was a guy in the UK converting them a while back. They are fairly easy to maintain and make sure that the mechanism turns easily. I use sewing machine oil to lubricate mine. 

Working motors are available on eBay quite regularly: https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Moteur-pour-camera-Cameflex-35-type-N40-n-118/313374343934?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D2756c27f8e4d493d9083ca277f409be7%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D114625031859%26itm%3D313374343934%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A544b4198-5745-11eb-a032-72c194f49951|parentrq%3A06a30a1f1770acc6ecd7f57affd0bf3d|iid%3A1

This is a fair price for a working version. 

Been looking for one myself for a while but they don't come up frequently. The ones on eBay at the moment are a bit expensive    and some are very low quality. 

Other things to look lout for are alternative lens mounts. Quite a few were converted to take Nikon or M42 Stills lenses. 

Eyepiece brackets are quite easy to break so be careful. I'm in the process of remanufacturing a modified version of the bracket I've been working on for a while.

You can get Cameflex motors converted to run synch by a guy in New York but he'll only convert the late model Perfectone motors. He's a nice guy and worth getting in touch with if you have a Perfectone motor and want it converted.

However, audio recording may be a problem as the camera is incredibly loud.

Hope that helps.


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It is possible to convert the normal rheostat motors to crystal sync as well but that is lots of mechanical work so it makes the conversion a bit expensive and time consuming (I was developing a conversion like this last year and finished making the plans and everything but abandoned the project because no one was interested in it and it would have been thus too risky to start to order prototype circuit boards etc. for it if never getting any money back from the project)

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Thank you for your replies Marek and Aapo! Unfortunately the seller hasn't responded anymore. It seems that the purchase is off the table.  But since I will continue to look for one, your tips are of course helpful. 

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Just one last thing. I've managed to track a 2perf converted one in London. I'm going to visit the guy who has it to pick up some spares. He suggest that we have a look at the conversion with a view to trying to emulate it.

If he indeed has one and I can figure out what the modifications are I'll try to give it a go and be in touch once I've got one up and running.

I'm still on the hunt for an original Cameflex one as from my understanding it could be switched from 2perf to 4 perf easily? I remember seeing some original Cameflex literature that mentioned it but can't remember where now. I think it was available as a modification in very late models after Harry Saltzman bought the company back in the 70's.

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  • 1 month later...

I have a Cameflex that will shoot 16mm, 2 perf 35 or 4 perf 35, w/crystal motor, turret w/eclair, Leica R, Arri steel bayonet, 18, 25, 28 Kinoptik lenses. Takes 5 minutes to convert to 2 perf. Anyone interested?


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On 3/3/2021 at 6:36 PM, Chris Squires said:

I have a Cameflex that will shoot 16mm, 2 perf 35 or 4 perf 35, w/crystal motor, turret w/eclair, Leica R, Arri steel bayonet, 18, 25, 28 Kinoptik lenses. Takes 5 minutes to convert to 2 perf. Anyone interested?


I might be interested!

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