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Tim Carroll

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  • Birthday 04/10/1957

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  1. I agree Dom, not a lens you want to take apart to experiment on. My comments on lubing the external barrel before inserting it into the lens mount socket on the camera comes from experiencing numerous folks putting non-lubricated Kinetal lenses into Arri 16S cameras, then complaining that the lens was rather stiff to focus. Because of the way the Arri mount Kinetals are designed, that's not an easy lens to rack focus on when the lens is not mounted in a camera body. So when folks used to say to me, the lens focuses stiffly, my first question was always, did you lubricate the outside lens
  2. Not sure what camera your Taylor Hobson Cooke lens is for, but if it's the common Arriflex S mount, then you lubricate the lens barrel before you fit it into the lens socket. Those lenses are "externally lubed". And we always used to use Vasoline if no Arri grease was available. But make sure to always lube the outside barrel of a Cooke Kinetal lens before inserting it into one of the lens sockets on an Arri camera. Best, -Tim
  3. I've done what Will and Tyler describe. Shoot regular-16, use slow film stock like 50D or 100T (I've even gotten by with 250D) and have it scanned to HD with a Spirit. It's very do-able if a regular-16 camera is all you can afford. Try to use good lenses, like the 10-100 Will listed above, or any of the first generation Zeiss Super Speeds with the bayonet mount, or if you can find a decent set, I always had great luck with the Cooke Kinetal line of lenses, and the Cooke Varokinetal 9-50mm T2.5 cine zoom is excellent. Best, -Tim
  4. Hey Thomas, nice camera. That is one of the last production Arriflex 16S cameras, with the APEX built-in light-metering system. Very cool. Is the serial number in the 19XXX range? Best, -Tim
  5. Nicely done Duncan. Best, -Tim
  6. I have gotten a number of requests over the last few years for information on how to shoot 16:9 with the little Arriflex 16S cameras by taping off the ground glass. I found the page from my old website where I explained this, and have posted it at this web address in case anyone is interested in trying it for themselves. Shooting 16:9 with an Arriflex 16S Best, -Tim
  7. Hi Donald, That's not technically a video assist. That is just a video camera mounted on the Arriflex 16S viewfinder, in place of an eyepiece. A video assist is a video camera that can send a video signal to a monitor, but that does not interfere with the camera operator's ability to operate the camera while looking thru the viewfinder. Best, -Tim
  8. The eyepiece (B) will remain stationary, it is keyed in place, but the chrome ring (A) turns clockwise (viewed from behind the camera looking thru the eyepiece). I would also check the fibre-optics screen/groundglass, if the dirty spots in the frame are sharp when looking thru the eyepiece. Best, -Tim
  9. Everything Aapo and Simon said, all great points. If the camera has not had a full CLA in the last 4 years expect to have one done before using it on a project. About that Schneider CIne-Xenon 1.4/25mm lens, take a flashlight (torch) and shine it thru the lens (aperture fully open) once you've removed it from the camera turret. I have seen those lenses with internal fungus which eats thru the lens coatings. Even when cleaned to remove the fungus, the lens with remain hazey because of the damage to the lens coatings. Best, -Tim
  10. Axel Broda taught me the Arriflex 16SR & SRII Super-16 modification, it's not just the sprockets, it's also the ramps that lead up to the sprockets, we would "relieve" them as well. That way there was no way any part of the converted magazine would scratch the film in the Super-16 image area. Best, -Tim
  11. There are surfaces inside the SR2 mag that touch the film as it cycles thru the camera. These surfaces need to be machined back (relieved) so they don't touch and scratch the area of the film that is seen in the Super-16 frame. Best, -Tim
  12. Hi Isaac, Hope your project went well. Those Cooke Kinetal lenses were always my favorite when using with the Arriflex 16S. Lubricating the barrels of the lenses with Vaseline is fine. Naturally the ARRI grease will work also, but it's much more expensive than Vaseline. Just make sure to keep the lens barrels and lens sockets on the camera lubricated as the aluminum on the lens sockets will wear quickly and make the lens sloppy. You also need to do this on the very early Schneider lenses and some of the Zeiss lenses that were made for the Arriflex 16S. Best, -Tim
  13. The Ari Schneider-Kreuznach lenses will fit the Arriflex 16BL but you will not be able to use the lens blimp, which means the camera will run louder. There was a lens blimp for the small primes, but they are very hard to find these days. Best, -Tim
  14. I hope you've got this worked out Brendan, but one thing I noticed from your video is that your loops inside the camera are way too tight. The white line engraved on the inside of the camera shows you where the minimum loop should ride, they will bounce further out than that as the camera is running, but they need to be at least that loose, in your video you have them way too tight. That will effect the way the camera runs when you are shooting. Best, -Tim
  15. Hi Raymond, I've always loved the 9mm Cooke Kinetal. Nice and sharp, beautiful construction. Unfortunately it will not cover Super-16, and as the whole mount turns when focused, it requires a PL adapter like the ones Les Bosher used to make (not sure he is still making them), which are more complex and expensive compared to the readily available PL mount adapters. Best, -Tim
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