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Simon Wyss

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  • Birthday 12/02/1961

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  1. The original value is compromised by a conversion to Super-16 of which nothing is said. An H-16 RX-5 body can be sold for $400 maximum, if the double prism is intact. The long prism’s silvering can be damaged. The spring is 60 years old hands down. Many things more may be impaired. Film guiding frame, clutch group’s ratchet wheel, claws, set screws in shutter group, governor, ocular, . . . It’s just bold what some folks are trying.
  2. I’d suggest that you keep your camera inside a tough plastic bag that has three openings, one for the lens and two for the finder. Close the bag in with strong rubber bands around the eyepiece, the finder lens, and the taking lens. Seal the objective with a glass skylight filter and some Vaseline in the threads. Use an electric motor instead of the spring drive, batteries should not go weak in the warm desert. Keep two more such bags ready. Magazines will help to reduce the number of loading procedures. Mags also within the bag. Manipulate through the bag. Underneath just a hole for the tripod screw to come through.
  3. What you’re smelling is old grease. Ozone is only present while the motor is working and then not for long. It’s too volatile as to be noticeable at all. I plan to produce a cast support saddle for Filmo and Eyemo. If interested, please let me know, it will help me establish a volume.
  4. The Florida branch, excuse me. They have taken over the B. & H. inventory. https://www.mpe.net/details.asp?details=6043&cat=384
  5. This morning a gentleman and his partner payed me a visit. He handed me a Paillard-Bolex H-16 RX-5 with ESM. He always uses that motor and loads 100 feet on spools. Plans are to expose 200 rolls in the near future for a project. Two videos he gave me links to show scans of negative material from this camera. There is horizontal jitter, irregular, at about four frames pace towards the end of roll. The image moves relative to the perforation meaning that the film does not behave well during takes. I have run polyester-base film that is straight and conform to ISO 69, perfect. I did not run through a full load. There is the possibility of the feed spool spindle introducing vibration beyond the feed roller into the gate, but lateral instability? The side-pressure leaf of the guiding frame is springy and can move freely. Gate clean so far I’ve seen. Perplexing Kodak winds stocks alternatingly onto the spool flanges, a measure to prevent light intrusion, so maybe from there the stock is deformed, I’m deliberating. Perforation issues rather cause regular instability. I’m at a loss.
  6. Nothing new, Bell & Howell Co. advertised in the 1920s What You See, You Get. 🙂
  7. I’ve heard a rumour that at least part of the inventory is sold. They sure don’t bother.
  8. It could be ORWO DN 2, cut to 16 by FilmoTec, perforated in Wolfen as well or by Wittner.
  9. That makes it difficult to imagine what stock they’re using. ISO 40?
  10. It’s from serial number 208001 on.
  11. You wrote Dual. There’s no Dual 18-5 projector. The first model, 18-5, is for 8-mm. film, the second model 18-5 L is for Super-8 and Single-8 film. Just saying.
  12. If I may take up this old thread in order to correct myself, let everybody announce me that there are new springs available for the latest series of Paillard-Bolex H-16 cameras, those with the limit gears not on the spring barrel. I have installed the first fresh drive spring with a serviced H-16 RX-5 this week. The camera runs now like with an original spring in good shape. Service technicians interested in acquiring springs and mounting sleeves are invited to contact me. I have enough in stock and can reorder any time. Springs for H-8 models are also feasible. This is not for everybody. It takes some infrastructure to deal with spiral springs as well as some knowledge and dexterity. Also, all parts of the spring barrel must be checked. If something not healthy, it needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s a joy to be able to give H cameras a new life. The springs are guaranteed for two years.
  13. You have unidirectional pressure between gears. One tooth flank rolls over the other. That calls for the thinner lubricant the faster it goes. From the first gear on the spring barrel to the next you use grease. The fastest moving parts of claw and shutter will be oiled. What’s important with lubrication is that the oily parts can flow after the surfaces that rub. Shafts in plain bearings are under directionally changing forces, therefore greased. They can vibrate, if dry. Oil alone runs away. Correct alignment of the elements is self-explanatory. Film transport must take place while a shutter wing covers the aperture. On halt of the mechanism, spring giving energy, the aperture should be covered. Within limits you can adjust when the cycle begins. Try to set to aperture just shut so that the governor has the longest possible time to speed up on release.
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