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Luigi Castellitto

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  1. I'm testing with my Univex A8 and test film, a fun camera! I'm always looking for other lens, the Univar f5.6, besides being slow, doesn't have, as I said, a table to understand the distances, the depth of field and the parallax. Even if with those openings (F5.6 --->) the depth of field it's very long. Martin was right about the deformations of this machines: mine had two slightly bent parts, the side cover and a piece in front of camera, but I fix them without breaking anything.
  2. Daniel, Ruben is right, and I add: the more experts of me will confirm it, the Bolex H, typically, impressed a film image a little bigger than the one you saw on the viewfinder. I also have a Rex4 (H8), I can't tell you if it's bigger than 10-13% (which seems a bit too much), but a little bigger yes, it's true. Instead the viewfinder that moves might be to be reviewed, if it moves very deeply it could give you a wrong focus, slightly changing diopter, if it moves in other senses it could give you a displaced image composition.
  3. Wow, curious and interesting effect, it looks the same as the films developed with caffenol.
  4. My Univex A8 has arrived. Very pretty camera, small and heavy, very aesthetically pleasing. It's in excellent condition, runs very well, a bit more noisy than I expected, but it runs smoothly, very fast, I think it holds 16 fps well, and slows down more than good, without acceleration and deceleration. The Univex F5.6 is very small, it has a particular kind of function (who knows it knows it, if someone is curious, I post a picture). It does not have only ONE mark for the stop selection, but FIVE, one for each stop, so the lap making the ring iris is minimal (1/8 inch!). I also tried the two reels with a test film cut with the Lomo cutter, running smoothly. Obviously, having two take-up spools and not an original 1x8 film, I will have to insert the film "inverse on the hook of the spool", because it is made to receive... I don't know if I can explain myself... However the manual is clear, shows how the two spools are wrapped, no problem, the unexposed film wraps itself well even on a take-up spool. I will buy a Fomapan R100 2x8 10m, to cut in two in the dark with my Lomo cutter, and I will use an external lightmeter, the table included is only approximate. The only thing: the manual does not mention how use camera with parallax. At what minimum distance should I expect a decentralized vertical image? So, a table of distances referred to Univex F5.6 would have been useful... Does anyone have one?
  5. David, usually the K3 viewfinder has a yellowish color. Yellow of your photo, however, seems very strong, but maybe it's just the effect of the photo. If you are looking for "yellow(ish) viewfinder Krasnogorsk 3" on Goolge, you will find various relevant results. I had two K3s, the first had a fairly yellow viewfinder, the second a little less. Obviously, it's a viewfinder problem, nothing yellow will be imprinted on the film.
  6. I wouldn't have said that Canon was the best! Of course, the Bolex H viewfinders are always dark and small!
  7. I took a working Univex A8for $ 5. šŸ™‚ I wanted to take the Ekran, but I was attracted by the offer. The seller said it works well, let's hope so. The purchase was also driven by the fact that it has 2 empty spools, since unexposed film on a Straight 8 reel would be almost impossible to find (Svema apart), and so I will be able to use new film, cutting the Double 8 in two parts. The only negative thing: it has an Univar F5.6, but I hope to find at least one F3.5 Wollensak to replace it. Obviously, for professional use, I also use the Double 8, mainly with a super-equipped Bolex, but I have the curiosity for this format. I keep you updated!
  8. Simon, the Univex with the optical viewfinder have a good view? I would also be willing buy version with the aerial viewfinder, it's a "divertissment" experiment", not for quality.
  9. I also like aesthetically, Simon, and I trust your recommendation, I think it's also good as a mechanic, you know the well it. Unfortunately this is also very rare, the very few that I found did not have cartridges Between Univex and Ekran-8 which one would you choose? In your article you name Krasnogorsk Kama, but I didn't find it. Do you have any pictures? EDIT: Found. It looks very solid, who knows the gate...
  10. Very rare, I can't find even one of 127-A / B. Maybe better this way, I think it wouldn't be in good condition. The Revere is interesting, but the Straight Eight version is much rarer than the Double 8 version. I saw that there is also the Double 8 version with cartridge, in which one was turn the side of cartridge. I think I'll choose Univex, but I have to be careful with the lens, 5.6 is really too dark. Version with optical viewfinder is not bad!
  11. Thanks to both, you described all the straight 8 cameras available. From an in-depth research I noticed that the Ekran and Univex A-8 are the most available, the magazines are also easily sold for Soviet, same the spools for the second. However, even on an aesthetic level, I would prefer the Revere (rare) or a Bolsey (rare and very expensive) For the B&H, the ads never specify the acronym well, and it is not clear if sell the Double 8 or "Single" model 8.
  12. Thanks Simon, I use the Google Translator. I have seen also on English Wikipedia , the format is called Straight Eight and they are Agfa Comex, B&H, Komz Ekran. I'm curious, I'm trying to look for something, maybe without a cartridge, because having the cartridge is even more difficult.
  13. Can anyone make a list of the Normal 8mm cameras "one run" type? Not Double 8, but those where the film was not turned. They existed only in cartridges (also the Double 8 existed in cartridges, but it's another argument) or not? How many meters did they usually? If possible search one, could use it with the Double 8 films cut in the dark with Lomo cutter? And, most importantly, what is the right name for the format? Beginning myself: the Fairchild sound cameras, should have the Regular 8 "one run", for not create problems with the sound head.
  14. I knew of this problem that presents with the 1014 xl-s. However, it is an expensive camera, if one were to find the "donor" I think it would be appropriate. Perhaps, it would be better to send at a laboratory, which may have a spare board or old spare parts cameras. If the repair costs a lot, obviously, it's not convenient.
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