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Will Montgomery

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  1. A plus for Visual Products is that they still have a tech on staff that can service these cameras; something of a dying art. They may have slightly inflated prices on used gear but they are reliable and stand by what they sell. Remember when purchasing that you'll have to regularly service the camera and need to develop a relationship with someone who can do it and get parts. In the U.S. it seems to be easier to get Arri SR parts than Aaton LTR parts which may be another consideration. Last time I checked, Arri NY would still service SR2's and 3's although maybe not officially...there was a tech there single handedly trying to keep those cameras alive. Another resource for techs is Panavision but they won't officially help you as they don't service cameras they don't own, but they have the knowledge and often parts and may take pity on you if you walk in with puppy dog eyes.
  2. All home movies should be shot on 35mm Vision 3 stocks. It is now the law.
  3. It depends on what you want to do with them. If you're looking for the best quality (then maybe check out 16mm) there are cameras like the Beaulieu 4008 but if you're just looking to pick up a camera and shoot for fun, something like a Nizo 156 or Canon 310xl might be the ticket. Super 8 is best for me when you can hand off a camera to an 8 year old and have them shoot a vacation video. The Beaulieu will give amazing results and can still be serviced with factory parts & modern batteries by Björn Andersson in Sweden. Some of the cheaper cameras are have plastic gears that are failing left & right on the 40+ year old ones. https://www.super8.tv/en/super8service/bjoern-andersson-filmkonsult-svebaco-kb/
  4. Beautiful footage. You'll have that forever and it's totally worth the investment in processing and transfer. It's also fun showing up at your kid's soccer game with an old Arri 2c cranking away with all the soccer mom's with their huge DSLR's staring at you. https://vimeo.com/54617132
  5. Mine's a special Steve's Cine mod used by DoggyCam for many years on all sorts of movies. It has a crystal sync motor built in. Unfortunately I'm not selling it as it's my only 35mm camera at this time (other than some Eyemos). You will find 2c's as probably the most modified camera in the world so make sure you know what you are getting when you buy. They are small and a nice entry camera but keep in mind that they don't have registration pins so they aren't as steady as Arri 3's and later.
  6. Talk to Pro8mm. They started life as Super8Sound. They'll be a few guys left that used to live for that stuff.
  7. I decent 2c with a working motor should run you about $1800+. With a crystal motor maybe $2500+.
  8. Just be aware that the majority of those "dog leg" older lenses don't actually allow for critical focus; just framing. I went through the exact path you're describing and was incredibly frustrated that the lens didn't let me focus through the lens. Not sure why they even bothered with those except for framing.
  9. Hey, Will! You wouldn't still be selling any 100' Fuji film short ends by any chance? I have an Eyemo and am searching various markets for film.

    Thanks!

  10. The K100 has the longest running time on one wind I've seen on any camera. It's built like a tank and extremely reliable. BUT, if you don't have a reflex lens for it, focus and framing are done manually as in measuring the distance or doing your "best guess" which is ok for home movies but when you're spending $150 for three minutes of footage, you may want something a little more likely to be actually in focus. It was like the Cadillac of home movie cameras in the 50's but something like a Scoopic where you can actually see through the lens to focus & have a motor + decent autoexposure may be better for you. I know there's a big price difference but you've already spent that difference after 3-4 rolls of film/processing/transfer.
  11. Some Super 8 cameras actually have tripod mounts that work great on wide shots. Just sayin'. Very nice framing on the closeups and mid-shots.
  12. You can download DaVinci Resolve for free and view some YouTube tutorials...that would be a great program to learn as it is/was what all the colorists I've worked with in the U.S. have used for years and years (well before Blackmagic bought them and made it an editor too).
  13. I've had great luck with the newer MN & MS (black) models as far as meters go but I've never owned a grey one. As Ruben says, test, test, test.
  14. Great article Jurgen. You picked a perfect subject. Reminded me I need to get one of my cameras to him soon.
  15. He has a great modern battery solution for all those who need new or re-celled batteries for your 4008/2008 models. Have no idea how long they last because I've never been able to use one until it was done.
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