Re: Frame Exposures w/Bauer A 512

From: mat fleming (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Nov 01 2009 - 10:25:55 PST

Hi Ken,

You might try fooling the camera into thinking the film is faster than
it is. I'm not sure what film speeds this camera is compatible with
but if you extend the notch on the cartridge by which the camera reads
the film speed the camera will expose by a stop or 2 or 3 less, so the
exposure will be quicker and i suppose although it would be
'underexposed' this might be what you need at night.
There is loads of very detailed information about which cameras will
read which speeds and on what size of notch represents a given
filmspeed on the forum.


On 11/1/09, Ken Paul Rosenthal <email suppressed> wrote:
> I've been shooting time exposures at night with a super 8 Bauer A 512.
> It has a flip out sensor that automatically controls how long the shutter
> will stay open on a given frame.
> However in very low light environments, the shutter/camera takes forever to
> advance.
> Does anyone know of a way to manually advance the camera--on the time
> exposure setting?
> A sample of how the auto function works can be seen on the one color shot in
> my trailer at:
> Although the camera is pointed up on the overhead electric bus wires, spill
> from oncoming car headlights will cause the camera to advance quicker, hence
> a darker image. However when there was little light, the shutter would stay
> open longer resulting in a brighter image.
> I'm partial to the brighter image, but sometimes, ie shooting stars at
> night, there is so little light that it takes 2 minutes for each click. If
> each click were one frame, that would be okay. But this camera actually
> takes 18 shots for each frame! So a manual advance, like on a Bolex, would
> be optimal. Best I can tell, this is not possible on the Bauer A 512.
> Anyone know otherwise?
> Thanks, Ken
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