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Charlie Peich

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  1. Greetings Tim and Fran! The little wire on the power cord is indeed a grounding wire. It is used to ground the torque motor on the 200ft or 400ft magazines. Arri literature said: "As the magazine is attached to the camera, electrical contact is automatically made." Well, yes and possibly no. In the pic below, the torque motor is attached to the magazine. The torque motor is now grounded to the magazine. When the magazine is attached to the camera body, the magazine is now grounded to the camera body completing the electrical circuit for the little torque motor. Th
  2. Hello John! Take a look at this site for the 'Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording'. It states that the Webster Wire Recorder was made after the war. A link to the Wire recorders: https://museumofmagneticsoundrecording.org/Wire.html Cheers! Charlie
  3. Greetings Dom! I thought you would find this Arri advert from 1959 informative..... Arriflex Corporation of America made many Arri items for the American market. They called them 'DOM' for 'Domestic'. Charlie
  4. Greetings Hugo! Thank you for posting the pic of your Minolta M and the link to an instruction manual for a Minolta M (n). This helps me solve the confusion of the 6 volt battery, the meter lock switch and the Cine speed of 1/50 at the end of the shutter speed scale. Minolta came out with the model M (n), or version 1 that still had a 6 volt battery. I was not aware of of this version of the M. When I acquired my M, it was the 2nd upgraded version of the M, and had the 1.5 volt AA battery. From your pic, this is the version/model you have. I've copied a couple of pages from my
  5. Hugo...... Does your meter look like the one in the photo from a catalog? It does say the Auto Meter takes a 6volt battery. Also, it says there were 2 models, analog and digital. The spot meter I had before the Minoltas was a Pentax analog meter. Could you post a pic of your meter?? Charlie
  6. Hello Hugo and Dirk! Hugo, you said: "On my Minolta M Spotmeter when I get to 30m and press the decrease key again, nothing happens..". That's correct, nothing will happen on the Minolta M meter. The model M was the 1st version, and in my opinion the better of the 2 models (the F being the 2nd) for Cine work at the time it was introduced. Yet, the model F was faster to make settings adjustments and figuring the Cine measurements. (seems the model F went to 11) The model M does take one AA battery, 1.5 volt. Here's how to set the meter for Cine measurement... It tu
  7. Your motor is the basic Arri 16 S / 16 M Governor Controlled motor that was modified to output a 1 volt sync pulse/signal that was fed to a 1/4 inch synchronous tape recorder. One would plug the sync cable (umbilical cord, as it was called) from the recorder into the single pin RCA jack located on the back of the motor next to the knurled turning knob. Any minor speed variations or fluctuations of the camera would be recorded on the ΒΌ inch tape. With this motor you could then shoot lip-sync sound with your noisy Arri 16 S (with additional sound coming from the 400 ft torque motor) or M ca
  8. "Your camera and magazine might need to be connected by a ground wire." Chris, I agree with Jean-Louis's above statement. According to Arri back in the day, the torque motor was grounded to the magazine when locked into place on the mag. When the magazine was attached to the camera, the magazine was supposed to be grounded to the camera. But, back then there must have been occasional problems with grounding the torque motor, so Arri came up with a sure fire solution, ground the torque motor directly to the ground on the battery. Th
  9. The Canon C-16 Macro Zoom was based on the Academy Award winning Canon K-35 Macro Zoom for 35mm cine format cameras. Cinema Products was the distributor for Canon 35mm professional lenses. A 11/1972 ad.... You focusing problem has to do when you have the lens in Macro mode. When you put the lens in Macro mode, you then focus the image with the Macro ring, not the front focusing ring. Canon 1st advertised the 16mm lens in 12/1972 In 1976, the Canon 12-120 was $450 cheaper than the Angenieux 12-120. However, at that time the Angenieux 12-120 was a more popular lens. Th
  10. Pic 16s with 200 ft mag attached. The 200 ft mag is a 'clam shell' type mag, the lid is hinged at the top. Very useable when hand holding, smaller profile, less weight, than 400 ft mag. Not buffeted around as much as the 400 ft mag on windy days when hand held. Nice for short ends on cores 100ft to 199ft.
  11. From an early sales brochure... Remember, the 400ft torque motor will not work on the 200 ft magazine.
  12. They are only oddball in this day and age. You are looking for retaining rings, adaptors, step-up adaptors, lens hoods for lenses that were made 50 - 60 years ago. It used to be you would go to your local camera store/shop, and they would have a kit from TIFFEN, EDNALITE, KODAK that had all the small screw-in size rings. You'd pick one out and try it on your lens. If it didn't fit, you had a size that you could start from and look for another ring. Or, the camera dealer would get the right size from the distributor or manufacturer for that lens. But that doesn't help now. Now you ha
  13. Size 4.5 is the old 'series' filter sizes. You'll have to find them on the used market now. Read about them here... https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-accessory/series-filters Buy some here.... ...maybe... :blink: https://www.filterfind.net/Series_4,_4.5.html Starting in the 1930s, filters were also made in a sizing system known as a series mount. The filters themselves were round pieces of glass (or occasionally other materials) with no threads. Very early filters had no rims around the glass, but the more common later production filters had the glass mounted in metal rims. To
  14. The DeVry Standard Automatic camera was available, or put on the market, July 1926. This short article was published in the July issue of a popular Moving Picture magazine.. It seems DeVry was aiming for the 'Amateur' moving picture photographer at that time. This is the cover of one of DeVry's sales brochure from 1926. You'll notice the moving picture photographer in the picture is using the DeVry Standard Automatic camera to photograph what appears to be his family at home. On the back side of this cover, DeVry prints a 'Forward' In December 1926, DeVry runs an
  15. Simon, Are you saying my statement is incorrect?
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