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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. That looks awesome! How did you connect or solder the batteries so well? My attempt looks like Frankenstein's nightmare...
  4. here is a pic, it should come out o.k. I also checked behind the cover, almost always the earth lead will be bolted to the chasis, and hopefully coloured green... cheers, Gareth
  5. Well I had a look at the camera terminals, I will post the pic tomorrow, but the positive is the top, negative below if you are looking at the camera side on.
  6. I will take a pic of my terminals tomorrow night, I marked my battery box so I would remember which was which.
  7. How do you mean polarity? Which poles of the terminal on the camera body are positive and negative?
  8. Hello, I did look into using rechargeable hand tool batteries but the cost was still high, in Aussie anyway. For all the AA batteries I am using the CP charger. Have had no issues yet, I figure that as the charger originally had to charge 500ma nimh batteries, my ones are also NiMH and should not be an issue. If the little buggers explode this board will be the first to know!
  9. G'day, Regarding the battery set up, you might be better off purchasing 17 or 18 AA rechargeable batteries with solder tabs and connecting them in series, this will add up to the required voltage. They are pretty cheap and easy to solder together. The below link is an example of what I mean, you should find cheaper closer to you. Finding a decent battery pack thats almost 30 years old would be a fruitless search I reckon. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1-2V-AA-2000mAH-Rechargeable-Ni-MH-Battery-Tag/254140098566?epid=1363746036&hash=item3b2bee2806:g:cLQAAOSwxS9cniaJ The only trouble is fitting all the batteries into the little plastic box once you have finished. I am going to just cut a large hole in the side of my plastic box so I can fit all the batteries in, I do not care about making the plastic box look perfect, rather it just functioned. If you can fit all the batteries into the little box you are better than me.. see how you go, gareth
  10. perhaps try these people too? I have used them many times are find their service to be reliable and professional. They are based in Melbourne, Australia. https://www.memorylabfilm.com/
  11. Hello, I must say I am keen on having a look, although considering the money I spent on the batteries I will try to get my money's worth. I tried to find the wall charger but it seems either already gone or too hard for me to find. Any chance you have a link? Cheers, Gareth
  12. Hello, I too am going through the motions of discovering what works and so forth on my CP16. I bought a belt replacement kit from Whitehouse Av and replaced the camera's belt, very easy to do. Here is the ebay site: https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/whitehouseav/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= There are also numerous instructional videos on youtube about the belt replacement process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-bP0NwX9-E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC5eBfLlIm8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKlRoavqqQM This video relates to inspecting the camera's circuit board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mor9zlzvSag This link takes you to a youtube page with several videos on acquainting yourself with the CP16 operation and use, very handy videos. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=60+SECOND+TUTORIAL+CP16R For manuals and the like, I do not have the links handy at the moment but there are lots floating around the web and available for download. Here is a link to the user manual I just found: http://operationalportal.com/wp-content/uploads/Cinema_Products_CP-16r_User_and_Maintenance_Manual.pdf Good luck and keep us posted, Cheers, Gareth
  13. There are definitely some good suggestions here, I considered the drill battery solution but considered it expensive. Maybe I should have gone the AAA route, like they say, hind sight is 20/20. The batteries I bought already have the tab soldered on and they were expensive too so I gotta use them now. The battery pack should work well, I will be using a multi meter to check them, but using them in the past i reckon the connections are pretty good, and I think the CP slows its start for a second or two before reaching full speed. I will experiment a little either way, but I usually focus on practicality over looks, but I will try to avoid using meters of duct tape...
  14. Hello, Thankfully in Australia there are still some highly skilled camera tech's. Cameraquip in Melbourne is probably the first stop. Dom is one of the technicians there, he has made up some very good blogs on camera repair and maintenance. Depending how I go with money and time, the CP might need a service later. At the moment I am just firing it up to see how the board is working. The battery packs came with the camera were ruined, all the batteries were oxidised. I bought some replacement solder tab batteries, but after soldering all the batteries into series, I could not fit the batteries back into the box, my soldering was too thick! Really tight fit. So, I am considering just buying some battery holders from an electronics store for around $2.80 each and velcro the buggers to the side of the camera. I intend on using the camera and am not too worried about keeping everything "original" I will be taking pictures and add some of the manuals I found online to my website, cheers, Gareth
  15. Well it turns out the CP-16R I bought has a fair bit of history in it's previous owners. While taking things apart I noticed a name written on the inside of the cover, John-Blackett Smith. I did some google research and sent off an email, unsure if I would get a reply. Soon after I received this: What a surprise! I am so happy that my old “best friend” has found a good home. And, even better, will go to work again. The camera has quite a history. It was imported into Australia by a guy in Perth ... Alex someone, who was the Australian agent. The camera was then bought by the late John Bowring who used it as a freelance news cameraman at GTV-9. I bought the camera from John because I liked the 16:1 Angenieux lense ... one of the few that had no problems. The camera was used as my personal machine while working in Lebanon during the civil war and saw plenty of action and even spent 10 days as a "guest" of Hezbollah. There are not many countries it hasn’t been to. It never, ever missed a beat. The last that I used it for was when I packaged a current affairs program for SBS. Since then it lived in a storage unit. Eventually, it showed some corrosion so I felt it should get a good home. I offered it to many different organisations. No one was interested so I advertised it. A guy who collected film-based equipment bought it about 3 years ago. After that, I have no knowledge. I am so happy it found a good home. I know many people in the industry see the CP cameras as the Holdens of the industry, but My experience is that it is a true Rolls-Royce. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for letting me know that you have it. Warm regards, John I did some research and it seems both John's were very active in the film industry, the original owner later became a famous cinematographer who helped establish, foster and pioneer the film industry in Australia, the second owner had long been active as a producer. So, needless to say the CP fired up straight away and quickly shredded a belt, so knowing the circuit board is mostly o.k I ordered some replacement belts from Whitehouse AV, ken was very helpful, letting me know they have lots of spares for the CP-16. I am very happy to get hold of a camera that has been used and enjoyed, as I imagine many cameras spend the years slowly decaying out of lack of use, or tortured by film students or delegated to the dungeon by rental houses. I imagine there are quite a few photo journalism 16mm cameras out there with quite a history... Nothing sadder than an old book that has never been read, nothing better than finding a book that is well worn, one can merely imagine the number of people who explored it's pages. Still haven't got the Auricon working yet.... I can't wait to do some shooting with the CP, and as it is a silent camera I can use it next to my Pentaflex 16. The Auricon might have to wait....
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