On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM, Tom Whiteside <tom.whites...@duke.edu>wrote:

> Over the years I have heard many people say they cannot recommend
> autoloaders, yes I know I know, but I think this is a matter of personal
> preference. I've been using Bell & Howell autoloaders for many years and
> generally do not have any trouble with them.  Many of them have silent and
> sound speed (important to me), and a variety of lenses are readily
> available.

I agree, it is a matter of preference.

I know a number of film collectors in town and elsewhere who use daily
their 2592 projectors. If maintained, these machines run very well.

My aversion to the auto-loaders, even the manual threading B&H 1574/1579
and modified manual-threading 1568, is that it can be difficult
to free film from the threading path. Very difficult with B&H auto-loaders.

I'm one who believes that film should be simple to thread *and* remove from
a projector's film path. That's why I've advocated for Eiki SL
and SSL, and Hokushin SC-210 and Apollo QL-100 projectors. The Eiki SSL has
a built-in line and common 42.5 lens barrel.

Kodak Pageants are great in that they're easy on film, have a low-contact
silent threading path when there is no sound, and have the sound
focus and 18/24 fps operation, but one is stuck with a very poor lens and
hardly any options for lenses, and servicing them can be a pain.

Slot loaders are not without their quirks, but if regularly service, these
machines can run very well, and removing film mid reel is simple.

> If you are fortunate enough to have a stock of the Marc 300 lamps (beware
> - they are no longer made) a 1568 or similar model projects a very bright
> image. Most of the classroom projectors use bulbs that are not as bright,
> but are easy to find and relatively inexpensive (BHB, EMM/EKS, ELC.)

MARC 300 and 350 machines are very usefully, and generally can be found for
much less than a xenon and if not running frequently are worth
considering for purchase.

Xenon has the advantage with $/minute cost, but unless one is running on
some kind of daily/weekly theatrical schedule with 16mm, which I
don't imagine anyone is, then MARC projectors are worth considering.

> ANY projector 30+ years old should be overhauled by a competent technician
> at this point, so go ahead and pay for the new worm gear on a B&H autoload
> and you will have -IMHO - a nice workable projector for many years to come.

I'm glad you mention this Tom, as I'm afraid this gets ignored. If donated
or found real cheap, a projector should be overhauled before
subjecting prints to it.

Eikis, Bell & Howells, etc where designed to run a million feet of film
between service, but they must be serviced and anyone overlooking this
is places prints at risk for damage.

While (serviced) projectors costing $400-500 might seem expensive,
particularly when compared to a projector sitting on eBay for $150, these
projectors cost $1500-2000 when new in the 70s-80s. The cost of a fully
service projector today is still a bargain.


Alain LeTourneau
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