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George Clark

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  1. I've been shooting bits and pieces with an Arri 2b 35mm camera and want to give the camera a clean and do some minor maintenance. Following discussions on the forum about Arri grease and oil i located some Kluber Isoflex 18 lubricant and oil for the motor but I'm not sure how or where to apply these. As you can see in the photo below inside the camera there's a notice to apply grease but how much and where should i apply it? Should i clean out the old grease first? Also should I apply oil to the motor or other parts to ensure smooth running? On the same topic should i apply grease or oil to the camera magazine gears or bearings? I have a 200ft magazine that didn't run smoothly when i tested it - is there a way to clean or oil the gear in the magazine? I have a pdf scan of the 'Repair & Parts Manual for IIB and IIB Arriflex 35mm Cameras' which is great but it doesn't always show how or where to apply grease or oil so some advice would be great. If there is another manuel with more detail that on maintianing an Arri 2b would be great to know peoples recommendations. Thanks in advance
  2. Are you looking to buy or rent? If you're interested in rental you can get it in NYC at the filmmakers coop: http://film-makerscoop.com/rentals-sales/search-results?fmc_author=189
  3. Thanks Dom and Jean-Louis you were right. I managed to get the base off and there was nothing else holding it on. The resistance was from the large cog that was tightly fitted onto the the motor shaft. It seems to be quite a different mechanism from the wild motors but maybe this is standard for these flat bases? Anyway here's some more pics so you can take a look. I have been looking for the serial in these two places and have worn down the paint a little to see if there is anything visible. So far I haven't been able to find anything and i don't want to remove the paint if i can help it. Can you tell me if I'm looking in the right areas?
  4. Thanks Jean-Louis for your post - it'll be interesting to see if anyone is familiar with this base. I should have mentioned that I removed those two bolts but the base still seemed to be held on via the large cog below - The small one connects to the motor mounted on the base and the large one connects to the camera gear mechanism. Maybe these should be easily removable but I didn't want to force them but I can't see any screw on this part. When they are turned they turn the camera mechanism. - - - Re: Joe - Yes do let me know about the ebay auction thanks.
  5. I recently picked up the camera and still haven't able to find the model number. But I do have a copy of the original purchase order from Arri dated 14/3/1951 and it lists the camera as "ARRIFLEX-Handkamera Modell II' with the number 1954. Also a fascinating bit of history is that this camera was purchased and owned by John Richard Moore (most commonly know as Richard Moore) the cinematographer who co-founded Panavision with Robert Gottschalk in 1954. The camera was in Richard's possession until his death in 2009 and it was sold to me by his son. So it seems there's quite a bit of history to it! I would still like to find the model number on the camera itself and currently I think that it is obscured by the camera's base motor unit which covers the lower area near the lenses where the serial number often is. I have been trying to figure out how to remove the base so as to fully inspect the camera but haven't managed it yet. Here are some photos of the camera and base: If anyone has seen a base like this before and knows anything about it i would be interested to learn more and also find out if it is possible to remove. From my inspection it seems that it is the cogs that connect to the camera motor that will need to be removed in order to take the camera body from the base but i can't see an obvious way to do that. It seems the base unit was added to the camera later on as it is not mentioned in the original invoice as one of the components.
  6. Thanks for the comments and advice. I'm hopefully getting the camera this weekend so I'll send some pictures of it and try and find the serial number myself.
  7. I have learned a lot from the collective expertise on this great site but as a 35mm notice i am struggling to confirm the exact model of a Arri 35mm camera I am looking to buy. The person selling the camera believes it is a Arriflex II but doesn't know if it is A, B or C or not and cannot find a serial number on the camera (there is not one on the front where they usually seem to be). I've looked at various pictures of other Arriflex II's and it seems to be an early model Arriflex II but i can't be certain. One of the main things that seems to define this model and that I am keen to confirm is the type of movement it employs. If anyone can help to identify the movement in the picture below that would be a great help. Picture 1 Picture 2 Am I right in thinking that this has the older movement (the circular disc that moves the claw) which preceded the cardiod cam movement (with the drilled holes) that came with the later models of the Arri II? In case it helps with lens turret has three mounts and they each have their own release rather than one for all three which i heard was something that earlier models had. Ideally I'd like to figure out the shutter angel but i don't know if that is possible without an exact series or model number. There's a great discussion on this page http://www.cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=21449 but it seems like a bit of a gray area so any help with interpreting these pics would be greatly received.
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