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Heidi Barker

Help with Arri 16 BL

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I have an arri 16 BL that I picked up reasonably cheaply as it had no working battery. I tracked down a 12v pagbelt but when I plug it in and try to run it, all I get is a red light flash on the back and then nothing.

I don't know if it's worth fixing or just taking off the lens and putting back on eBay as spares/repair. I've also just picked up an arri sr2 which I believe is the better camera.

Does anyone know what could be wrong with the BL? I can film the switch on if it helps? (I can manually turn the gears with the knob by the top of the magazine area (sorry for my ignorance of what everything is called)! So it doesn't appear to have seized)

Any help gratefully received.



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The Arriflex SR2 is a much more refined camera when compared to the Arriflex 16BL. If choosing between the two, I'd go with the SR2.


It's very difficult to tell, from your description, what is the issue with the 16BL. Visual Products in Ohio might be able to service it for you.




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thanks, i'm in the UK though. I'm selling the BL as spares and probably the SR2 as well and putting the money towards a super 16mm

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