miércoles, 29 de mayo de 2019

FUMEO 9145 (part 3 of 5)

As my Fujica ZC1000 camera, the Fumeo 9145 has a claw to gate ratio of +2. The two-tooth claw system and aperture plates are made from hardened steel, with a pressure of diecast alluminium. Like the Beaulieu, the Elmo and the Braun Visacustic, the lens is carried on a hinge mounting that opens to give complete access for cleaning and film threading. I´m very demanding with the sharpness and steadiness of the projected picture. For this, I shoot my personal movies preferently with the Fujica ZC1000 using the Single-8 cartridges. 
One of my favourite zooms: the one made by Kern
A Single-8 motion picture film has the same perforations, width and picture frame area as Super-8mm film. Single-8 may be projected on any Super-8 projector. The differences are in the design of the cartridge. Unlike Super-8´s radial path, the feed and take-up rolls lie in Single-8 side by side in the same plane. 
Iscorama projection of an original shot with the Fujica ZC1000 camera
Consequently, the Single-8 film runs in a straight line between both halves of the cartridge and drops between the metallic pressure plate and front aperture. The result: incredible picture steadiness and sharpness edge to edge, thanks not only to this projector, but also to the Single-8 system for Super-8 film.
When I project a film shoot with the Fujica ZC1000 using the Fumeo 9145 the steadiness of the frameline is absolutely perfect, the best I have witnessed on 8. This has to be partially accredited to the excellent system of sprockets, rollers and gate of the Fumeo 9145. 
Rear reel: for 2.200 meters of film!
The two motorized arms have a capacity of 2200 meters of triacetate film (more than 3.000 meters with some kinds of polyester!). My 2.200 meters/7.600 ft. spools were built in Spain by Julio Castells. 
Fumeo 9145 projector came originally with a 3-blade shutter and another 3-blade shutter to change manually. Fumeo factory also designed a special 3 blade shutter which, automatically, thanks to a centrifugal mechanism, changes to 2 blades when you switch the projector to 24 f.p.s. from 18 f.p.s.   I hope to obtain one of this centrifugal shutters very soon thanks to Marco Sonetti, an Italian Fumeo enthusiat with thousand of spares in his warehouse.

My Fumeo 9145 come from the factory with one Isco Vario MC8 f 1.1 11-30 mm, from the last batch. In those times, the beloved and ner forgotten Ivan Watson wrote to me several times telling me that, in his opinion, this was the best zoom lens available. Until now, I have used the Fumeo 9145 with the original lens but also with the very similar Scheneider Xenovaron 11-30 mm (both versions, f 1.1 and f 1.3), the Kern Switar Vario 12.5-28 mm, the Meopta f 1.1 12.5-25 mm and the truly fantastic Kern Switar f 1.1 23 mm.   Recently, I bought too an Isco Kiptagon f 1.3 20 mm (still available new, in Italy, from old stock:   https://mimundoensuper-8.blogspot.com/2019/05/supremo-isco-kiptagon-para-los-fumeo-y.html   ). 
Very soon I will be able to use too the best zoom lenses ever made for Super-8 format: the Elmo 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 zoom lenses (last two, for long distance), thanks to my American friend Alan Gougar. He kindly sent me as a gift the special lens holder for the Elmo lenses, as seen in next photograph (from Alan´s projector). I will install this new lens holder in August.
Alan´s special Fumeo lens holder for Elmo zoom, soon in my 9145
The Fumeo 9145 come with anamorphic bracket. I use several anamorphic lenses, for 1.5x or 2x squeeze, my favourite ones being those built for Isco, with a quality a bit better than the Kowa or Sankor anamorphic lenses.  
As I wrote previously, the prime lens holder is a swing open type and with an extreme high quality micrometric focussing system, better even than the one in the Beaulieu Studio, and, for this reason, the best ever for the 8 mm gauge, with absolutely no backlash. 
Anamorphic holder
Part one of this series: https://mimundoensuper-8.blogspot.com/2019/05/living-more-than-30-years-with-fumeo.html
Part two of this series: 
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