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Philip Kral

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  1. The things I miss when I don't check in, in awhile. Thank you Erkan!
  2. I've been in your shoes many times and i completely understand the feeling. Every once and awhile a lab "gets me' with a hidden cost that at a second glance - wasn't actually hidden. The minimum feet charge is always one of them (it also makes it frustrating when you really just want to do a test roll). Another that always used to get me is with another lab, they have an .08 per foot cleaning fee they automatically tack onto the processing before they scan it. It's enough of a jump to give you a shock, but you can't blame them - it's right there in the fine print! I've had similar commun
  3. Does anyone have any word on the new Ektachrome in 16mm? Kodak boasted its usage in Paul McCartney s recent music video but still no release.
  4. I agree with Nicholas. Even if you make a limited run, they're sure to sell out. This reminds me a lot of the Logmar S8 camera. The first few where 3500.00 dollars, which seemed expensive, but after seeing that Kodak's new camera at nearly the same price with less features- it may be the best deal. Maybe even best price still when the logmar jumped to the 5,000.00 price. The other thing your camera has going for it, is the mechanical viewfinder. If I'm going to spend a few thousand on a super8 camera, it's going to be the last camera I ever buy in that format. I have to know the thing's go
  5. For some reason I never enjoyed color reversal scanned. It never came out right to my eye. But projected, you just can't beat it! I just got word today that there are some beta testers out there playing with the stock already. It's good to know I no longer have to horde my leftover Ektachrome stock, or struggle to keep up who's cutting the next batch of Fuji slide film... or wait for ferrannia. The question now is will the stock bring in any new film makers to the format. Reversal film (particularly color) was a key part for drawing me in. On a technical level, it was a great way to le
  6. It may need lubrication. When I got mine 10+ years ago, I had to replace the belts. I'm not sure why it would start and stop like that. If it's not a lubrication issue, then it may have something to do with the crystal. I hate to say it, but this may not be a problem you can fix yourself. I would call whitehouse AV, they know almost everything about cinema product cameras. I'd give him a call.
  7. I was always a fan of DS8 myself. I have the Elmo tri-filmatic . But as everyone has already mentioned: finding the film is almost non existent. I have but one last roll of Ektachrome and I don't suppose anyone is going to cut down anymore stock even with new Ektachrome around the corner.
  8. Last summer I pulled my ultra 16 modified CP16 out of storage to use as a "b" cam and a good chunk of the footage came back with what appears to be a light leak shown here: Does anyone have any idea where it's coming from? It's an old cp16 with the dogleg lens. I can't seem to figure out where the leak could of come from. The camera is put together pretty tight. I noticed it didn't show up all the time, it slowly reappears within zooms. I'm wondering since this was converted to ultra 16 that perhaps it's leaking out side the parameters of the shutter. But I've used this camera bef
  9. Strange question for those members who own and/ or work in motion picture film labs: How does the film get agitated during development? When one develops still film at home, you must "agitate" the film by either shaking, stirring or inverting the container containing the film and the developer. The process is supposed to be crucial to ensure the film is constantly being exposed to fresh developer. Naturally, the jumbo processing machines must use a different method. Does the processing machine used for movie film utilize some way of doing this? Or because the film strip is constantly m
  10. Bernie won't touch them anymore because he's worried about the tricky electronics. Visual products never got back to me, so I should give them a follow up call. I think they (visual products) said they would contact Whitehouse AV for parts, I should give them a call too just to touch all my bases. I think i already called Du-All and they said to try visual products. I got into contact with Les Bosher about the other option: lens mount adapters. They informed me that they can only make Arri-B, M42 and Nikon lens adapters for CP. However, when I try to order them, they never retu
  11. The mirror was like that when I got the camera. Honestly, I usually just ignored it- I can focus all the same. Recently I used a friends Super16mm camera and I must admit, it was nice having a cleaner mirror- especially when using the video assist. It has some light scratching, but overall I think the mirror is either really filthy or the silvering is wearing down. There's this smudge that when you look through the viewfinder, looks like a streak when you slide your finder across a dirty windshield. I tried applying some cleaner over it, but nothing seems to happen, making me realize it's
  12. Someone correct me if there was a more appropriate board to put this under, I have a Super 16mm converted GSMO with a video tap and a repaired/ upgraded circuit board. Lately I've been thinking of either upgrading it to a PL mount or at the very least having the reflex mirror polished/ cleaned. However, I seem to be having issues with finding anyone to do either. I realize it's a rare camera and hard to find- for example- spare parts... but I assumed either polishing a mirror or fitting in a mount housing would be generally a straight forward process (Albeit the hard labor with micro m
  13. I've actually become a camera collecting fanatic. Thankfully this is asking just for cinema cameras. Digital GH4 This isn't my only digital camera, I have many others to include DV cams and and old T2i rebel. But this is my "latest" camera. The cropped sensor was better for my super16 lenses and honestly, this camera does all I need for my digital work-flow. I pull out an external recorder when needed. Yes, it doesn't really have RAW or a flat picture profile (They released an S-LOG upgrade, but it's not perfect- bands too much for my taste). Over the last year, I've really missed wor
  14. Thank you! That explains a lot. I would have assumed pixel density would have been more important. I thought smaller pixels sharpen the image, to improve the signal to noise ratio, couldn't just more light be added (Especially without a bayer filter)?
  15. I was just curious, what makes the KAI-16070 a better sensor? It doesn't seem to have more mega-pixels, does it have a better pixel density? More latitude? Or it just appears to deliver a better performance in tests?
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