Since my retirement last year, our university has decided not to teach shooting on film any more. Bad news for the students, but good news for you – we have three venerable Arriflex 16mm cameras for your consideration.
Camera #1 (lovingly called Princess Leia) is an Arriflex 16 SRII with a standard academy gate. Comes with a clean Angenieux 10-120mm f 2.8 zoom lens, crystal clear with no marks or fungus. This package also includes a hand grip with trigger for hand-held use, a plastic cover for the mag, and an Arnold & Richter variable speed control, allowing frame rates from roughly 8 to 80 fps. The camera is very clean and has little signs of use. The lens is a bit more worn, but works great. The package includes a Porta-Brace heavy duty camera bag.
Camera #2 (Han Solo) is an Arriflex 16 SR with a standard academy gate. This bad boy comes with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 10-100mm f 2.8 zoom lens that may have enough width to cover a Super 16 frame, if you wanted to do a conversion. There’s also a cool Arri-Tach DCT-1 high-speed variable speed controller. I am unable to test this currently, but I recall was capable of ridiculous frame rates – perhaps some Arri expert can supply its specs. The package includes one 400’ mag, a plastic mag cover, and a core spindle. The camera is in remarkably good shape for its age. The lens housing is well-worn, but the elements are crystal clear and fungus-free. (Like the Millennium Falcon, she may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.) This camera comes in an Arriflex metal case, which is lacking a handle.
Camera #3 (Luke) is a vintage Arriflex 16 SR with an interesting story. I was searching for the little 4-pin XLR to Arri bizarro power adapters that are ridiculously difficult to replace. I bought this camera very cheaply off eBay, specifically because it had two of those adapters. The camera had previously been in a museum, and was thought to be non-functional.
You guessed it – we plugged it in and it purred like a kitten. This beast also sports a T-bar viewfinder and a vintage (Visual Products?) VP-111 video assist unit. Although the optics look great, we were unable to obtain a usable video image from this gizmo. (Perhaps you’ll have more luck than we did.)
This camera also comes with a beautiful Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 10-100mm f 2.8 zoom lens that’s clean and crisp (despite a fingerprint on the UV filter). There’s also a hand grip with trigger, a variable speed controller, and on 400’ mag included. The rubber eye cup is currently not attached – you may want to find a new one.
Truth in advertising: As I recall, there’s currently a blown fuse on Camera #3. My plan is to fix and test this before anyone purchases it, unless someone would prefer to do this herself.
All of these cameras have been well-used and well-loved. They are guaranteed not to scratch film. However, they are vintage cameras, with a few dings and tape residue. If a lens doesn’t iris properly, or something’s messed up, don’t fear – we’ll make it right.
Here’s the thing – I’m finding it exceedingly challenging to set reasonable prices for these. I’m seeing them listed for a few hundred bucks to $10,000 and up on eBay. So, please shoot me an email through Cinematography.com, telling me what you’re interested in, and what you feel a fair price is (ideally $500 or more per camera.) Our main goal is to get these into the hands of someone who will appreciate them, rather than get the highest possible price. I’d prefer not to separate the lenses from the cameras, but we can certainly talk. All three cameras are located in Portland, Oregon, and will be carefully packaged, but expensive to ship.
Special bonus offer: As mentioned above, the 4-pin SLR – Arri bizarro adapter is incredibly difficult to find. If you purchase a camera, for an extra $50 we’ll throw in one of these adapters. For another $50 we’ll toss in a brilliant adapter plate that allows you to use modern gold mount/Anton Bauer style batteries to power your film camera.
I just realized there's a 300K limit to attachment on this page, so please go here to see more photos of the gear: https://tinyurl.com/ArriSRs .
Drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to send you more photos of the gear and answer any questions you may have. Also, I have several full 400' rolls of Kodak stock, a couple of Beaulieu R16s, a fabulous Zeiss lens, and other film-related items I'll be posting shortly. If there's something specific you're hunting for, let me know.