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Nicholas Kovats

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    Shoot film! facebook.com/UltraPan8WidescreenFilm

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  1. Jordan, The conversions/re-manufacturing of the Bolex UltraPan8 also have a WYSIWYG 2.8:1 viewfinder. It simply relays/magnifies the 2.8 gate and has a native upper and lower black border composition-wise. I also have a traditional CinemaScope 2.4:1 framelines in my own ULtraPan8 Bolex. My preference is to shoot 100ft rolls of Double 8mm (5+ min) as to the more common 33/25ft rolls (1.5 min). Kodak no longer sells Double-8mm stock. Up until recently an engineer in the UK was re-manufacturing R16mm and 35mm film stock into 100ft daylight rolls but his expensive perf head is no more.
  2. The 16mm half frame format utilizing Double 8mm referenced above is known as UltraPan8 2.8 R8. The native aspect ratio is 2.8 across the exposed 16mm width of unslit Double 8mm. It can be easily cropped to the traditional Cinemascope 2.4 AR in post. Note that Double 8mm is 16mm film stock with double the perforations per foot. This fundamental fact doubles the runtime as there are 80x UltraPan8 frames per foot compared to 40x 16mm frames. A 100ft daylight spool is approximately 5+ minutes total. We have converted approximately 16x Bolex. This is an example of test 50D footage shot by filmmaker
  3. Use 16mm split reels to create a 100ft core from a 400ft roll or standard 100ft daylight spool and load into the current 200ft ACL mag or 400ft Aaton mag.
  4. From Les's site, i.e. "16mm Cameras Aaton We offer a PL Hardfront & we Can also convert the camera to Canon with our own unique Iris Setting Unit which does not require any external devices i.e. Matchsticks,bits of plastic , etc We also offer a Super 16 Conversion on the LTR"
  5. And then there is the far cheaper ultrawide non-anamorphic solution called UltraPan8. They are re-manufactured Bolex 16mm cameras with 8mm transports. Two variations. They both utilize the full 16mm width of Regular 8mm or Double Super 8 film with an 8mm pulldown . Aspect ratios are 2.8 and 3.1 respectively. The WYSIWYG viewfinders see the full ultrawide gate. The smaller and "cropped" Cinemascope 2.4 aspect ratio can be inscribed in the viewfinder. The fairly common ultrawide Angenieux 5.9mm retrofocus lens is an excellent match for the formats. I also had a PL adapter machined for my
  6. I use to have the dimmer 10x viewfinder which switched out for the higher magnification of the more rare 13x viewfinder. I also wear glasses to correct astigmatism and other attributes but rarely wear them against the viewfinder as the diopter range is sufficient with my naked eye. There may be a few craftsmen left that could fabricate a custom diopter that might also correct for astigmatism. Perhaps a friendly optometrist might be be able to help.
  7. Such sonic commercial dreck. I would rather listen and watch badly synced post dubbed German punk Super 8 circa 1983.
  8. Great work, Ben. I have shot alot of footage with my Bolex UltraPan8 2.8 R8 camera and Angenieux 5.9mm Retrofocus lens. Checkout my winter ice bike film where I pushed V3 200T 2 stops (800 ASA) in the lab. The resulting footage was not color-corrected in post regarding the rink (sodium?) lighting. I shot wide open at T2.0/2.8. I think the Angenieux 5.9mm held up. No stabilization. I was skating with my Bolex and chasing cyclists. I would like to have this footage re-scanned at higher resolution and bit depth to bring out even more detail as the original scan was a 3.5 K image sequence 8-
  9. Jean-Louis Seguin may have them at bolextech@gmail.com.
  10. I am not sure about the XLR 4th pin but it may be redundant. Its been awhile since it was made for me. My pic is a simple overhead, i.e. https://bit.ly/3cwLNUO
  11. This forum will not allow me to upload the picture I took of my custom cable as it exceeds the maximum size allowed. I am not surprised this forum is dying. An engineer at work utilized the wiring diagram in the manual to put together a custom 4-pin XLR to 5-pin DIN cable. The 5-pin DIN connector came form the originally supplied Fairchild cable.
  12. It has since been disassembled but this is the Bescor 12V 4.5A NiMH battery pack I had purchased and used for my testing, i.e. https://www.adorama.com/bonmh54xlrat.html
  13. Nice see to your work, David. Are you still working on your Super 8 prototype design?
  14. What is the "sync sound Leicina camera project"?
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