From: 40 Frames Directory (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 03 2006 - 09:54:08 PST
>> Kodak Pageant 12M6 plays magnetic striped film, and runs at 18 and 24.
>> only drawback to the Pageant is the lens which is not so hot.
> Projection on Pageants with the condenser optics look good, the others
> look like shit - flat, weak contrast & colors, and the base mush
I've always attributed the poor image quality to the poor (lens) optics of
the Pageant (Kodak and Buhl lenses alike), rather than the lamp (or its
reflector/optics). I've projected with the older Kodascope, 126, 250E,
250S, and the arc model 250A. They all pretty much look the same to my
eyes, except the Marc 300 is obviously a little brighter. Your opinion is
certainly valid Sam, I just have a different experience is all.
If Kodak would have made the lens barrel a 42.5 one could mount an ISCO
Kiptaron and get a damn good picture. Even and Eiki or Kowa would have
been a better option. Proprietary technology has its limitations. Fumeo,
Philips/Norelco, and Eiki all used a 42.5, so what the hell was wrong with
Kodak? I mean, FP-16s were first kicking around in the late-1960s, and the
late-model Pageants (250 series) didn't come out until 1977.
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