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Arriflex 2C mystery part

Donald Riley

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I recently bought an Arriflex 2C and noticed something was missing inside the door. I have three pictures below.

Pic 1: This is from a YouTube video. There’s a part in the blue square that my camera doesn’t have.

Pic 2: My camera.

Pic 3: This is from a manual. There’s no part there, but a plate is screwed in there.

Does anyone know what this part is and what it does and why it’s not in every Arri 2C?






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It's a buckle switch, when tripped it shuts off the camera. It gets tripped if the lower loop gets too small, usually because of a film jam or when the film runs out.

You'll find them in many film cameras, including the contemporaneous Arriflex16S, but I believe it was an optional extra on 2Cs, probably recommended for cameras that would be used in blimps where you couldn't hear a jam. I'm not sure why it didn't just come standard.

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