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Andries Molenaar

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  1. Some people are playing with old chemistry recipes to process ancient Orwo film and such. This might work here too. If the films weren't too badly stored ?
  2. These cameras don't cost all that much. LIkely it is cheaper to find a second camera than having somebody work on that broken holder. Can't you just fix some strips yourself?
  3. Use the split-image focusing aid. And indeed check the lens collar for being in the macro setting. Exposing films to check for focus seems an odd method.
  4. Exactly what is the advice? Andreas is best adviced to test the battery using a volt meter and take it from there. As OP is in Switzerland he is best adviced to seek help from a die-hard filmer in der Schweiz. Forum member Simon Wyss is in the der Schweiz too and does repairs on classic cameras. Maybe he can help to diagnose what is wrong. Without spending a fortune on shipping and labour far away ?
  5. Of course it is the new battery pack. The zoom needs the centre voltage of 3.6 Volt. Just measure the rings on the battery...It is not properly charged or the centre-tap is not connected. Or the spring blade in the camera is not connecting ? Coincidently.
  6. That is a thorough (and by Internet standards very long) test and analysis. This way it costs little and the 'film' is exactly the same for both lenses. You did use a tripod or a fixed mounting? The practical filming setting would be to film people in portrait, torso or full and possibly some scenery around that. That would be 1, 3,5 meters and infinity. The usable field is a bit disappointing. Likely this very much dictated by the constraint of the small projection opening.
  7. Check your Personal Messages ?
  8. Something like those. They are intended for Kodak cartridges used as reloadable. Possibly the Kaccema has the same dimension. You could also attempt to find a tube of the same diameters. Might even be carton. The main point is to give an easy start for spooling up and to keep the film from stringing itself on the hub ?
  9. There is indeed an adapter kit from Nizo which brings a cable to connect the battery box outside or in the swung back grip. You need boxes which have pointy contact with a rim near their base for that. Then there is a replacement plate to swap with the standard to receive the tripod screw and to fix the camera in a more stable position to your tripod head ?
  10. Kaccema takes 15 meters of regular acetate film. The important thing is to use a core. Just like the original Svema loads do. Forgetting or leaving that out gives a risk of the film locking on the hub and blocking the film from unwinding further. Like others seem to have experienced and who blame it on the Kaccema
  11. The Elmo Trifilmatic 300 DS-8 100ft has square hub-pins and Foma supplies DS-8 100 ft on spools with square holes. The Elmo 8-TL has round pins with a knob in its 100ft magazine. The Elmo 100ft spool has square holes.
  12. Considering how most film Super-8, it has no importance. It is often ISO 100+, aperture down to f11. Furthermore, it is often sloppy focusing and no tripods. The rear retro focus lenses on the most used zooms stay in place (isn't it the thing used for 0.01mm collimation focusing) so there is no difference when it is on 6 or 66 focal length. Only with macro, the rear lens gets pulled in. So if the camera runs fine just shoot a few frames from a tripod as described and see how these come out. Should you want reliable equipment for assignments you are better to get two working sets of equipment. That also covers theft, accidents or forgetfulness ? Unless all the equipment gets involved here. BTW it would be interesting to see if Beaulieu had the C-mount flange machined down on this very last production ZM4s as these were equipped with in-lens filters in their fitted Schneiders
  13. It is a standard 30 meter camera spool. What is the trouble?
  14. None of the results googles lists were originally posted by Anderson himself. It is most from over-eager forummembers and data harvesters who list business to business informatie. As I recall his own website merely functions as a footholder without any info.
  15. There is plenty of play in the exposure. That must be because real consumer life is crude on this kind of technique ? The notchrulers aren't all that different. Best to go with the Peaceman ruler as that is the newest and drawn up by an expert.
  16. Is it really good practice to post other people's real life data which they themselves never posted before?
  17. Don't bother with collimation after taking out the internal filter. It is just theory and witchcraft. Many filmers film handheld and with ASA 100 film have apertures near f11. So what would be the point? Just expose a bit of film at wide open aperture (use ND filter) while filming from a tripod. Find a subject at infinity and some other closer by and measure the distance which you set on the lens-scale. It that comes out fine you are fine. BTW the very late models of 4008ZM4 which came without internal filter weren't adjusted with their C-mount machined off for a hair's thickness either
  18. Would it not be logical to ask the repairman?
  19. Indeed a nice camera. I don't follow the reasoning that more film would drive the price down :) I don't understand why they the processing of E-6 or D-94 would need to go through retro8 too. They need the cartrdiges back?
  20. All R10s are equal :) Except for the zoom gears which are metal on the 78xxx series and nylon on 79xxx. R8 are the smaller camera but do have a smaller lens and want 625 batteries :( A problem might be that R10 are rather heavy and due to age you must double check on all features working properly. Sometimes they get noisy gears or possibly a stuck exposure system.
  21. BTW Max full variable ISO range, best film gate design, best rewind handling, and best lens on Super-8 is, of course, to be found on Nikon R10
  22. The S560 is nice and compact. The only gain would be to have a longer lens on the 800-series. interchangeable lenses. What extra speed options do you want? Compared to the S560? Only Beaulieu 4008 have truly variable speed. And interchangeable lenses. What other lenses could you possibly want? A 0.95 Schneider? Using C-mount adapters you could fit many Nikon or other brands. That works best for telephoto. Undercutting 10mm fixed focal length is hardly possible. There are special ciné lenses.
  23. The opening is troublesome because most/all screws are behind rubbers or leatherette. You need to know where they are and to get access without wrecking the covers. It is impossible to get replacements as they would use in the days these cameras were new or current :) I have no experience opening these types of Canons.
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