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Elliott Atkinson

CP-16A New user questions

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Recently I purchased a CP-16/A that was surplussed from a film school on ebay. The camera turns on and seems to run alright, however on the box it came in it says "missing take up belt" dated from 2009. After doing some research it seemed like it was possible to perhaps do this repair yourself some what easily? However I could only find tutorials for the CP-16R version, so I don't know for certain if it is the same process. 

Additionally, I was wondering is it possible to remove the lens on this camera. It came with an Angenieux 12-120 with a iris servo motor attached, and a viewfinder. I haven't been able to determine if the lens is removable or not out of fear of breaking it since it seems pretty stuck on there.

Also the view finder frame in the camera, becomes crooked when adjusting the position of the eye piece is this a fixable issue?

Lastly is it possible to load 100 foot day light spools into the mag of this camera, or only 400 foot roles? 

I am really new to the 16mm format, so any other general advice using this camera would be greatly appreciated as well. 

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I don't know these cameras well. Almost bought one a long time ago, but my registration test didn't look good so I passed. The take up belt i assume is referring to the magazine take up belt. All the CP16R, CP16As that I remember had an external belt driving the mag take up. 

You may find a manual online. A manual for the CP16R, R/A was easy to find. Experts will know if there are common parts, design features.

 

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I don't know where to find a new take-up belt, but I do remember that it's normal for the image in the viewfinder to rotate as you reposition the viewfinder.

With practice, you will get used to the rotated image in the viewfinder and your brain will correct it until it looks normal to you 🙂

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45 minutes ago, Bruce Greene said:

I don't know where to find a new take-up belt, but I do remember that it's normal for the image in the viewfinder to rotate as you reposition the viewfinder.

With practice, you will get used to the rotated image in the viewfinder and your brain will correct it until it looks normal to you 🙂

Okay thanks, that is good to know. I think at this point the only real question I have is if it is possible to swap the lens out. 

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With the early non orienting ACL view finder the image would rotate clockwise as you rotated the finder anticlockwise. I would just re-orient my body/ head so that the image felt level. Worked well. Maybe you can do the same.

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