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Tim Sessler

Beaulieu 4008: scratched film

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Hi everybody - 

I just started testing two Beaulieu 4008s - in one I shot a roll of 7266 Tri-X and in the other a roll of 7203. 

Both were developed and scanned at Cinelab in MA. The Tri-X came out pretty clean but the 7203 shows a lot of scratches. 

As this is my first dabble into shooting Super 8 and on top using those cameras for the first time, I was wondering where this is coming from. Given that one camera produced completely clean results and the other produced lots of scratches, I assume it would be an issue with the gate/feed or something else physically scratching the film.  Is is possible that the film could get scratched during the scanning? 

Here is an example of what it looks like: 

Curious to hear your input so that I can get more out of the next roll 🙂




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35 minutes ago, Mark Dunn said:

I don't see any scratches. A lot of dirt, but no scratches.

Now looking at it frame by frame that makes a lot more sense.  

Where does it come from and how can I minimize it?  






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It's unlikely to have happened at the lab , so the first port of call must be the inside of the camera, especially the gate. There must be a lot of dust and hair in there that's jumping around so that it affects a lot of frames. I've never seen anything that bad.

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I blew it out before using - but might have to do a deeper clean. The odd thing is there wasn't anything noticeable.

Thanks for the input though, really appreciate it!



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