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  1. Perhaps Vision3 is weaker in this respect compared to Portra 400, but at least Portra can handle six stops of overexposure quite well: https://petapixel.com/2015/08/10/how-much-can-you-overexpose-negative-film-have-a-look/ Might Arriscan handle such densities?
  2. After having issues with my vintage O'Connor 30 and Eclair ACL, I went for 150mm bowl and a Sachtler head from the early 1980s. That head is intended for Arri 35, with option for removing the plate so that the bottom mounted motor fits. My first impressions have been that finally I have a sturdy enough support for my ACL. Pans and tilts are smooth. Granted, fully equipped with rods, matte box, follow focus etc. my ACL weighs around 9 kg so it's not the most lightweight 16mm camera anymore... 😉
  3. I can't help but to wonder... with the resurgence of film photography, ever rising demand for film (https://www.photrio.com/forum/threads/35mm-c41-film-selling-very-well.186557/page-3#post-2464820) and even FilmoTec preparing to enter color negative market to compete with Kodak in motion picture film stocks --- might we see such a day when Fuji returns to this market? 🤔
  4. It could be either one - or both. Perhaps some people who have been previously renting have realized they are going to shoot 16mm so much that it's worth it to own a 16mm camera? Looking at different forums and Ebay it seems people (non-collector) have been buying 16mm cameras left and right.
  5. Film prices were raised last year, before pandemic in order to make an investment to increase capacity to meet the higher demand. https://parallaxphotographic.coop/kodak-film-price-increase-and-stock-availability/
  6. To be honest, I don't remember mine having been quite that dark ever. Definitely there is a spot, but not that strong one. But I might remember incorrectly, as my camera was modified by Bernie in 2016, light meter removed, ground glass cleaned & remarked for S16 and laser brightened.
  7. Could be related to shortages in acetate base? In still photography films Portra 800 and ColorPlus 200 are now on estar base due to it. Growing popularity of film might be having some effect too... As for MP stocks, Silbersalz35 has had shortages and delays, but no idea if they are related to lack of film stock.
  8. There are also these Zeiss lenses, 8mm 16mm and 25mm - you can find several of them on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zeiss-25mm-T2-2-Planar-Lens-Arri-Standard-/284165807125?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zeiss-16mm-f2-T2-2-Planar-Arriflex-standard-mount-2695832-/372170239523?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carl-Zeiss-8mm-f2-T2-4-Distagon-Arriflex-standard-mount-5546549-/371775805742?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 I like them. The 8mm doesn't cover super16 and 16mm is so-so in covering, but with your 16s and standard 16 you won't have to worry about it :)
  9. I tried to dig some info for you, the best I came up is that - http://showreel.pt rents film cameras (including Arri SR3) so they might have some stock? - Cristina Pereira is the Kodak Sales agent for Portugal, she might know if there is some place selling Kodak 16mm film: Cristina Macedo Pereira Sales Agent Motion Picture and Entertainment Eastman Kodak Company Phone: +351 937 988 389 cristina.pereira@kodak.com Other than those, I only found one place selling super-8 cartridges...
  10. Yes, on top of the camera you'll find Arri locating pin holes and the screw hole. Plug and play.
  11. For the top carrying handle I can warmly recommend this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1542946-REG/smallrig_2165b_arri_locating_handle.html As for batteries, buy a holder for 10 AA size batteries and get Eneloop batteries for it. It's easy to build one. Then, for mounting it on the mags I recommend this instead of velcro: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/dual-lock-reclosable-fasteners-us/
  12. Well, for some reason I feel it did look yellowish when I first got this camera but after Bernie did the laser brightening and also redrew the ground glass markings, it doesn't look yellow anymore. Can't say if the yellowness was in the vf or ground glass. Anyway, I find it hard to believe Angenieux would have used radioactive elements in viewfinders in the 1970s. I know only of Angenieux 15-150mm that has such radioactive lensing inside it (a friend, old DP told visiting a nuclear facility with it would set off alarms). But even my Angenieux 9.5-57mm for 16mm or the high end super-8 zoom with f1.2 doesn't contain any - and those rare earth minerals are really useful in the taking lens, because that affects the image on the film. So if even most of the professional lenses of the era made by Angenieux don't contain radioactive elements, why would they have used them in the viewfinders, where it is a) forbidden and b) not really that useful? My guess is that yellowing is due to something else. Could be as simple as cigarette smoke...
  13. But to put my findings in context, take a look at https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Radioactive_lenses That Switar seems very tame compared to some other lenses 🥵
  14. The Swiss secrets! 😁 But surprisingly the 10mm isn't, so not all Switars are radioactive. f1.4 seem to be, since that has been reported on this forum in the past... 🤔☢️
  15. Well, for someone who has tendency towards OCD such things do matter, it's not just some excuse. Some of us just tend to get affected by news stories of brain eating amoebas, knowledge of possible radiation and lead from solder (getting eaten by toddlers) 😅 And then there are those of us, who have no issues with storing photographic chemicals on kitchen table, right next to food...
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