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Gareth Blackstock

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    Pentaflex 16, Cinema Products 16R, Krasnogorsk K-3, Bell & Howell 240, Canon 814,1218, Pathe webo 16mm

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    http://www.mishkin.yolasite.com/, http://canon-s8-repair.yolasite.com/

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  1. Awesome write up, so much detail and covers almost everything! Thankfully, thanks to google bots, in a few weeks if anyone searches the internet for Cinema Products camera info they will come up with this post in the first page or so of results, a really valuable resource for future CP shooters. great work, keep shooting, and keep us posted! Gareth
  2. Hello, Thanks for that, I enjoy a challenge. However, offering to repair for money? Thats a bit beyond my skill level... my stuff is strictly "clean, lube, re-assemble... and hope for the best" Thankfully the small mistakes I do make are minor and only on my gear. With out being trained and having the right tools I would be too nervous of screwing up someone's perfect shot. Thats why i always run a 100 feet or so through to be sure. I may later try to sell it, but in Australia the 16mm film market is very small, amatuer filmmaking even smaller... cheers, Gareth
  3. Hello, I recently bought an old Pathe super16 Webo and was hardly surprised when it showed up with a few issues. Seems most non-shop owning ebay sellers these days are "selling on behalf of another person" which seems to mean "I have no idea if it works so don't send it back!" Anyway, it was cheap and I have been keen on getting one for awhile so I can tinker with it. It came with an issue, film take-up cog not turning, very noisy operation, and generally grotty. After a bit of poking around I fixed the issues, detailed my progress below, and now just have to shoot some test foota
  4. If you are lucky to find an old filter paper catalog, from Cokin for example, then in it you can see a sample of pictures, labelled "with filter" and "without filter" Very handy! A good link is below: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/a-guide-to-filters-for-lenses If you explore the filter types on this page each one comes with a description of what it does. A pretty handy site. Gareth
  5. Seems quite confusing. Potentially a previous owner has indeed tinkered and put things back in a way that is slightly off. Maybe a gear was put back out of step with another gear, as simon suggests. Start from scratch, is the take up spindle turning freely, is the film jamming causing the take up spool to jam? Try running film through in a continuous loop, splice and cement a loose loop, and see if while running any part of the film pulls or tightens? You may have inadvertantly bought a "fixer up" with a bit of detective work you might fix it. Good luck, Gareth
  6. Maybe shoot the lowest frame rate your camera can do, just get the actor to only move toward you, sideways will ruin the effect, tripod the camera.... Or, when you run out of film, tell the actor to freeze until you can reload the camera and shoot from exactly where you left off... Requires a very patient actor! Learn to load really fast.... Or borrow and Bell & Howell 240, they last for ages! Around 2 minutes I think...
  7. The same happened to me a few times. I solved the issue by hitting the camera body with the heel if my hand, a good sharp knock on the body, not the door area. Also works when thrown at a person.... Chance of damaging camera? Minimal. Having a camera that doubles as a weapon? Priceless.
  8. Gday, These people sell all the products you need: http://www.visualproducts.com/servicesProductDetail02.asp?productID=561&Cat=92&Cat2=93 And they are a wealth of information about CPs
  9. Gday, Thanks for the info, after chatting to the lab I reckon the best course of action is to expose each 5 foot length in camera, focused on a sample card, like your suggestion, in average light, ie 5.6 irrespective of ASA, or light the sample to get the same exposure, then load the lengths into light proof box and send it in processing. Its going to be quite process but I will get definite answers on my film stock. Thanks again, Gareth
  10. Hello, I am coming up to a decent sized project and I need to test my store of expired stock. I am intending on taking a few feet from each roll, exposing them in a uniform way, sealing them, and send them off to be processed. My big question is: how do I expose them all uniformly? Do I sit the lengths on a table in a dark room and let off a camera flash? Would that over expose the high ASA stock? The lab I use is a small one and I think they do not have facilities or space to do such a test. Normally I shoot 100 feet as a test and send it off to discern the condition of the sto
  11. I have also added a section to my website detailing what I have discovered so far while tidying up my CP16. It is a work in progress, depending on how I go with the rest of it. http://canon-s8-repair.yolasite.com/cinema-products-cp-16r.php It might help when others who get hold of a camera are looking for info. The folks at Whitehouse Audio Visual are great! Pity I am not closer, I would be able to get them to service it! Cheers, Gareth
  12. G'day, well I finally fixed up and completed my Frankenstein battery bank, it's not pretty but works great. I have found a local seller who I can buy some nice tidy battery packs from, but seeing as i spent so much on my ones, I figure I better use them!
  13. Awesome, Thanks for that, the price is pretty good, I have emailed the seller asking about postage. I will upload an example picture later in the week of my Frankenstein attempt, it should scare lots of potential d.i.yer's cheers, Gareth
  14. Would it be possible for you to post a link to their website or similar? If they are cheap enough I might get some.... depends on postage too I guess. Cheers
  15. That looks awesome! How did you connect or solder the batteries so well? My attempt looks like Frankenstein's nightmare...
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