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Will Montgomery

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  1. I applaud your efforts to fix it, but the meter wouldn't be as easy as another mechanical issue. Unless it's a simple fail in the wiring, you'd have to buy another Scoopic to get the replacement part.

    Honestly you may be better off just buying another one that works since they are so inexpensive. 


  2. I've had similar results on many 16mm cameras when I failed to load properly. The only exception is the Scoopic MS with the auto-load feature that has never failed me. (knocking on wood.)

    You'll have no problem once you do it a few more times.


  3. On 11/4/2019 at 4:04 PM, Allen-Deon Saunders said:

    @Will Montgomery

    do you have any footage to share? I’d be interested in seeing some if you do. If not I understand. The footage from the film posted by someone else was shot entirely slightly out of focus. I was wondering if that had something to do with the FFD. 

    I'll have to do some digging...the issue may be that it would have been transferred in SD but by a great colorist.


  4. On 11/2/2019 at 2:07 PM, Allen-Deon Saunders said:

    @Will Montgomery

    Hey Will,

    You are right Pentax Super Takumar lenses are great. Do you have experience with this camera (K-3)? I am asking because even though it has an M42 mount it is far more technical than that. The Flange Focal distance from the mount to the film is about an inch. Most 35 mm cameras with a m42 mount type have a different distances for the image to be in focus (flange focal distance). Meaning, Unless someone has actual used a still lens on this camera, developed film, and then seen the results I cannot assume that option works. Do you have experience shooting with still lenses on this camera?

    Looks like you've got a ton of responses. I can't speak for the technical mathematical details but like when I asked a local mechanic about a Ferrari sitting at dealer in West Virgina, his response was... "Runs good."  So that's what I'd say about the K3 and other Pentax lenses.

    I've used 24mm, 35mm and 50mm Pentax Super Takumar lenses with the K3 with excellent results. When it was in focus in the viewfinder, it was perfectly in focus on the film. The 50mm was particularly sharp. I think I shot some Double X with it and was very pleased with the image quality and sharpness so I don't think the Flange Focal distance is an issue. Great inexpensive combination.

     


  5. Rule of thumb: If you are sourcing old stock, go for the slowest speed you can like 50D or 100T. Faster stocks deteriorate faster. Always stay away from that Vision 800T stock because it hasn't been made in so long any of it will be pretty nasty, unless you're going for nasty then thumbs up!


  6. I think I acknowledged that you will capture more information as you say. I'm just saying especially if you finish in HD, a 4k scan may only be a 25% improvement in perceived quality when footage is shot soft or poorly exposed. Aren't we basically agreeing with each other? I don't think your point is lost. I'm sure you have many people extremely happy with your 4k services, you do great work. 

    Looks like 4k scans have come down significantly in price which is great. In fact Pro8mm lists their fees and a 4k scan is actually 25% more than a 2k scan which is kind of funny after I pulled that 25% number out of the air.


  7. On 9/21/2017 at 9:52 AM, Adam Frisch FSF said:

    If anyone's in doubt about scanning at higher resolution, don't believe the old "no point in scanning 4K on super 8 as it can only resolve HD anyway" is BS. Compare a 4K scan vs a HD and see for yourself.

    In absolute terms yes, 4k scan of Super 8 will look better than HD. But it helps when it's shot with a decent camera, great lens and actually in focus...something that the majority of Super 8 footage isn't. For things we shoot today with care I'd go 4k all day long. For my parents and grandparents home movies, not so much.


  8. Canon AF-310XL. Probably the worst lens ever on a Super 8 camera and the autofocus only works when you first pull the trigger, but I've given these out to kids at events and gotten great results. These are inexpensive cameras so they don't have to feel bad if they drop it and destroy it.

    When they are actually in focus it's not horrible...but even the out of focus bits can be fun if edited well.


  9. Not a very technical answer and a completely different stock, but I can tell you recently seeing 16mm Ektachrome projected made my jaw drop in the color rendition. It was more than just slightly more saturated...it had colors that I just didn't see after working with scanned film for years.

    And don't get me started on 16mm Kodachrome...that was another world projected. 

    I've made prints from Vision stocks look great but never seem to have that overwhelming beauty that reversal stocks give me when projected. I realize this is due to the higher contrast and color saturation but it is something everyone should see while they can.


  10. So it's the black, older version and not the Autofocus (AF) silver one, correct?

    It's a decent camera. I believe once you put some batteries and film in that should go away as Mark indicated it's a low light or underexposure indicator.


  11. Not being an engineer but having owned many 16mm cameras, my take on different camera bodies with the same lens as stated in the original premise would be that an individual frame would be quite similar for multiple cameras with the same lens, it's the movement from frame to frame that is different. 

    While I don't have a Bolex, I can say that my Canon Scoopic has beautiful individual frames, but I can see flutter in skies quite often whereas my SR2 is steady and continuous as a rock. I've been told the movement on a Scoopic is extremely finicky and difficult to adjust as changing one element leads to issues on another element and basically it wasn't designed to be worked on and adjusted as precisely as the Arri. Bolex's are fine cameras and I'm sure a well-maintained one will be great; it just may be harder to find qualified Bolex techs vs. Arri techs at least in the U.S. Not sure in London.


  12. Great answers here. Most important is maxing out what 16mm can do for you by using sharp lenses and proper focus & exposure and using the slowest film stock you can for the project. 4k scans will almost always be an improvement, how much of an improvement will be based on how well it's shot.

    If the image doesn't hit the film sharp and clear, higher resolution scans will only give marginal improvements and may not be worth the cost. When it's shot well, 4k absolutely improves the final result even when finishing in HD. Plus you can reframe a little bit if needed which is nice.


  13. On 6/20/2019 at 7:44 AM, David Mawson said:

    110 stills film performed waaay below what it should have done exactly because the film wasn't kept flat enough. That was one of the reasons Kodak introduced those weird disc cameras -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_film

    Discs are actually the best system for keeping film flat. The only problem is that a 400 foot reel would become a 70' radius disc...

    Basically a cartridge system for 16mm would have to be the same as SR mags to have a substantial and quality pressure plate to we're kind of back to where we started. Maybe you could make them of lesser quality material but probably not.

    Although the Disc idea would be fun. It would also be spinning so fast you could chop down trees... or a whole forest at once with a 70' radius.


  14. The Super 8 cartridge is incredibly cheap in every way. The plastic, the pressure plate, the spring, ect. are all made to be as inexpensive as possible yet still yield passable results. These are meant for one use and discarded. But even they add costs to the film because of the extra labor assembling them.

    To make a 100' or 400' 16mm (or 35mm) cartridge system would add significantly to the cost of film because it would have to be MUCH more substantial than the Super 8 system to hold up to professional use. So basically it would be like a new Arri magazine every time. Yes you could do a deposit/return thing like bottles but would not be very practical. Not sure where you can cut corners with that design either but it wouldn't save very much even if you designed a brand new camera (which would NEVER happen.)

    So we're back to loading our own magazines which goes really fast and isn't so bad once you do it regularly and is also why clapper/loaders exist. As my Kodak rep recently told me, loaders are getting twice as much money as they used to because its becoming a rare skill. (and too much responsibility for me!)

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    Don't bother with collimation after taking out the internal filter. It is just theory and witchcraft.

    The "removing the filter then you have to collimate part may be witchcraft," but the point that a 4008 is what...35 years old and who knows what's been done to it is not witchcraft...always worth checking collimation every few years, especially if the camera is new to you. 

    But if you test it and have no issues then save the money. Checking it should be part of regular service so if it's a new camera to you then service by someone who knows what they're doing is more important than just collimation.

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