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Ira Ratner

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About Ira Ratner

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  • Birthday 12/06/1956

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  1. Hope everyone is doing well! I'm cleaning out the house getting ready for the holidays, and once again, my K3 is staring at me unused since the date of purchase. I know this should be in marketplace here, but I figured I would post here in case anyone is interested. M42 mount standard lens. Loop formers are still in, and no mods have been done to it. $150 plus actual USPS shipping, with standard lens, filters, grip, battery compartment converter and 3 batteries. Plus their old crappy case.
  2. Bump, just for the heck of it. Don't really care all that much to sell it (it smells so good), but if I don't, it looks like I'm going to research that Danish company that was supposed to make the motor. Then my wife will REALLY kill me.
  3. What did you pay? I'm trying to sell my regular K3 (M42) with all of those accessories you listed for $150 plus $20 shipping.
  4. Came to the realization that I'm never going to wind up doing any real shooting on my K3, so I listed it in the classifieds here. Selling it cheap (M42 mount), so if you know of anyone, point them in my direction. (Financial crisis.) Don't kill me--but I'm getting into DSLR still instead. Pentax K20 coming in exchange for some graphics work I'm sure doing. Sure is nice that this Pentax takes all of those M42 lenses that I've been acquiring!
  5. Hey, guys. Haven't been around in awhile--busy. Selling my K3, M42, VERY good condition, standard 17-69 lens, all the filters, the hand grip and shoulder stock, and it has that battery adapter thingy. Case too, for nostalgia sake. I've NEVER used this camera, it still has the loop formers, and I'm offering a 45-day return on it for legitimate reasons, but there shouldn't be. This is selling right now on eBay for a $250 buy-it-now or best offer, with $20 shipping. I'm letting her go for $150 plus $20 shipping because I need the money and know I'm never going to use it. If anyone is interested, email me or post and I'll take photos.
  6. EXTREMELY entertaining black comedy, but probably the weakest ending I've seen in a film in my life. Like, if the writer(s) just smoked some weed that weekend, they could have come up with a better ending to tie it all together. Rented it this weekend and laughed my a** off, except for the last 15 minutes, where I got pissed off.
  7. Graham, here's a dolly I made out of PVC and an old pair of rollerblades that rides on PVC track--under 25 bucks. You either cover it with a piece of plywood and attach fasteners for the legs, or just drill holes into the PVC and stick the legs in: http://www.cinematography.com/index.php?sh...67&hl=dolly If you want more specifics about PVC lengths, diameters, etc., let me know. But you can put the whole thing together in a few hours:
  8. Holy crap. That had to be a real interesting moment. And when you think about it... My boys are 17 and 12, and if I stuck a Princess phone in front of them, I don't think they would know what to do either. But for those of you in my age group (50), when the Princess came out, it was the coolest thing ever and the best invention since sliced bread. For girls, of course, because the phone companies, or Ma Bell, weren't idiots: They knew that it was women/teenage girls who yacked on the phone for hours on end, and styled a phone just for them.
  9. Matt, that's where I differ, when you say you're concerned with quality--as if an old-style look isn't quality. Plus, we were just talking about the stock footage for this, not your footage. Just hear me out: It is basically IMPOSSIBLE to shoot a credible spot with talent acting as diners, without it looking hokey and horrible. And picking out a fish? And how are those fish going to look when you shoot? (Food styling is a BITCH, best left to the real professionals.) What you want are candids of diners (and deal with the release factor later). In post, you put it together with the other stuff. You're trying to show people enjoying a meal and having a good time, and you just can't stage that. Find excellent stock, then look for the live footage that intercuts with it well.
  10. If you guys do anything from April 23rd through the 26th, I'll buy a round and just listen: I'm flying up there for my 35-year high school reunion. On second thought, I'll buy TEN rounds, because I'm going to need it to face this.
  11. Arjun, are you really a DP as your avatar says? Or is one of our members pranking us here? Because seriously and with no offense at all, and as said above based on your question, you shouldn't go anywhere near film at this point. You have too much to learn about film before you can even consider using it. Which means Ian's post above is going to be WAY over your head, and a waste of bandwidth.
  12. The thing is, for $200 I can get a brand-new rechargeable Zoom digital stereo recorder that fits in my pocket. It's a matter of learning computer/digital audio editing to get it to sound like the old-time stuff, which is easier said than done, but I'm not sure. (Think of a Little Rascals/Our Gang short.) For example, for Woody Allen's Zelig, they threw the film on the floor after processing and just beat the crap out of it to make it look old, like it came from the 30s. However, and I might be wrong, that was done before digital editing, and that might have been the best solution then.
  13. I just think that to visually sell what you're trying to sell--a Greek restaurant in Philadelphia--that you really want that old film look. The latest and greatest image capture technology is indeed the latest, but depending on what you're shooting, it isn't always the greatest. Like, 15% of what you're shooting should be food simply CARRIED lovingly to the table. (NO CLOSE-UPS!) And the other 85% should be people enjoying it. You're not selling food. You're selling people having a great time.
  14. Sorry for not replying sooner, but I passed on it. Didn't trust the answers I was getting from the seller. I'm just using a K3 looking to post snip in non-sync audio of short lengths.
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