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#1 rupert peddle

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 06:22 PM

Hi all!


Looks like I have the opportunity to work with an actual film camera for the first time, the Arriflex 416. I have a Clipper 2 Steadicam so the weight should be fine but I don't have the 24v upgrade yet so would need to run it with the on board battery. I've had a look at the manual and can see it's got a built in video tap and FIZ brain so reasonably happy that I can physically mount and fly it without much trouble. Should I use any adapters to mount it like the Alexa?


Does anyone have any hits, tips, suggestions or other comments about operating with this camera or film in general? I've read that depending on how the film magazine works it can affect the balance as it spools through which makes sense but how much of an affect does it have? Is it just a matter of tweaking the balance between takes?


Cheers guys looking forward to it just want to make sure I'm as prepared as possible :)



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#2 Jarrett P. Morgan

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 07:37 PM

I love the 416. One of the best cameras I have worked with. 


It has the FIZ integrated as long as you use the Arri handset and motors. I believe when I flew it I used an onboard battery just for the added weight. It isn't a very heavy camera, especially on primes. I am sure Ron can come in with the exact weight of a set-up.


I am pretty sure they make a low-mode bracket for the camera. Maybe see if you can get it included in the package from the rental house?


I just tweaked the side to side adjustment in between takes; the mags are coaxial, so there shouldn't be any fore-aft shift as the film runs. Plus it is 16mm, so the weight displacement is lower than 35mm (or 65/IMAX).

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#3 RobinThwaites


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Posted 21 January 2015 - 05:40 AM

Hi Rupert


Excellent camera, use the on board batteries, they don't weigh much.



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#4 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:49 AM

As they said its a great camera with some particularly neat features. Doesn't need special mounting but arri did make a fancy two piece baseplate for it that makes switching from studio to Steadi super quick so if you are going to be doing that ask for the steadicam baseplate for it (don't remember the official name).


Only the 416 Plus has the built in FIZ not the base model.

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#5 Rick Woollard

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 04:20 AM

I would just like to add that many film cameras are not designed to run upside down, if done so there is a chance of the film scratching. In these days of mainly digital cameras going to low mode is just a case if spinning the rig over and dropping the gimbal a bit. With film cameras it is wise to get a dedicated top mounted low mode bracket and remount the camera and then rebalance. My assistant and I could get this down to 3-4 minutes with an Arricam LT! Having said that the 416 can run upside down if treated gently!
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