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  1. Hi all, I've finally published an entry on the Arri 16St in my cinetinker blog, documenting a full strip down and service that I did about 5 years ago. It's far from a definitive guide, but it does go through the various steps involved in disassembling one of these beautiful cameras, and details a few of the things a technician would check. I was initially hesitant to publish it, because it does require some specialised tools and without some experience it's very easy to do more harm than good by disassembling something as precisely calibrated as an Arriflex camera, but then there seems to be interest in this sort of guide, and the knowledgeable technicians are becoming rarer and rarer, so I thought why not. I have deliberately left out most of the details of servicing the movement though, because it's just too involved. Any technicians who feel inspired to contribute information, or to correct any mistakes I may have made, are more than welcome! :) I have to confess I've forgotten so much about film camera maintenance now that the digital age has arrived and the clients who were once willing to pay for this sort of work are no longer around. Apart from the odd Bolex, I never work on film cameras any more, my head is full of lenses these days. Anyway, for those interested, enjoy: https://cinetinker.blogspot.com/2019/02/arri-16st-service.html
  2. Hi. I have 2 Arriflex 16BL's (4 mags), and every single time I load film into one, regardless of which magazine I use, this happens. See video posted here.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmZgD-JbLFI&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=BrendanCollins Anyone have any idea? Motor seems to slow down with film as well, runs at normal speed when no mag is on the camera. Occasionally will run film just fine without this grinding noise. Both cameras do it. Never have had a problem before. I took the assembly out and I don't see any stripped or worn gears internally... SOS Thanks!
  3. Hello, I needed to post this comment and ask for some advice. It is sad that my first comment in this forum is about a negative feedback of a supposedly good reputable camera service engineer, but I just felt that I have to tell this. I have been reading this forum for many years, although I never commented until now. I am self taught filmmaker with a burning passion for analogue film, so this forum was a fantastic help and guidance over the years. I bought an Arriflex 16 s/b camera 4-5 years ago from Cinema Camera Engineering Company in Los Angeles. I contacted them through their website and they were incredibly professional and attentive. The camera was serviced and arrived in perfect conditions. Everything was working really smooth. I was really happy with the purchase. Over the years, I bought some prime lenses, accessories and I built my rig following advice I read on topics and comments from members of this forum such as Tim Carroll and others. It wasn´t easy trying to understand everything by my own. I bought few great books like The 16mm Camera Book by Douglas Underdahl which helped me on my path to filmmaking. I grew a very close loving relationship with this camera. In the last two years I didn´t use the camera at all. Having some upcoming projects in the next months, I figured that after such a long time it would be better to have the camera serviced and lubricated for another 5 years. I searched for a good camera service in Europe since I am located in Barcelona. After doing some research and reading few comments on this forum, I decided to contact Les Bosher in England. I sent him the camera a few weeks ago and I received it back yesterday. To my surprise, the camera has come back with so many issues: - The door cannot be completely closed. When I close it, it moves. Light can probably leak in, and it is also moving the viewfinder throwing the image inside all over the place. - I cannot push the level to open the door all the way to AO open position. It stays in between. Before it snapped at AO. - I notice more friction when rotating the lens turret. Before it was smoother. - Also, I think the supply feed spool now is like the other way around. I am not sure, but I think before it was smoother clockwise and now it aint easy to move. - The persicope viewfinder has some issue and moves changing the position of the image inside. - The eye focus of the finder do not stay hard when I tighten the knobs, so I am loosing the position of the focus for my eye really easy when touching the finder. - I sent him two lenses (Arri 8mm and 16mm) I bought online over the years to have them cleaned and make sure the were collimated and adjusted to the camera. Now I cannot move the focus of the lenses. The Arri 8mm focus is really stiff. It is hard to move it. - I also did a tape and eye focus test with both lenses from 1 meter and 2 meter distances. In order to focus the chart on the wall, I have to pull the focus to infinity, yet the chart isnt completely in focus. So this could mean the flange focal distance in the camera is out of alignment? I am just really surprised at this kind of work. The camera was great and I feel now it is unusable. I phoned him yesterday and ask him what went wrong. Then I sent him a couple of videos showing the problems. Yet, today I havent got a response. I just feel really disappointed and I cannot understand this lack of professionalism. Not to mention, the communication by email was not good at all, and he missed some details of my address when he sent me the camera, so the delivery company couldn´t deliver the camera and it was sent back to England, then back again to Spain with the right address. It took more time and stress than usual. I am going to phone him again today and ask for a refund. I want to send the camera to someone else who can restore it back to perfect mechanical condition. I think after seeing the poor work that was done to the camera, I am afraid to send it again to him. I just hope he agrees to refund me the money so I can use it for another better service. Do you guys recommend a good place to service an Arriflex 16 s/b camera? I am located in Barcelona, so somewhere here in Europe would be great. Considering the bad experience I just had, I wouldnt mind to pay extra and send the camera to the States. I have found that DuallCamera or VisualProducts offer a service for Arriflex 16s. Are they reliable? I would appreciate your advice and recommendation. Javier
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