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David Coppola
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 - posted April 29, 2018 06:01 AM      Profile for David Coppola     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Always wondered why 8mm and 16mm (well most) have clockwise direction take up, while 35mm has counterclockwise direction?

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted April 29, 2018 09:31 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
35mm projectors in this country have clockwise direction take-up spool rotation. When rewinding, film is rewound "across the top". This facilitates inspection and checking.

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Robert Crewdson
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 - posted April 29, 2018 10:51 AM      Profile for Robert Crewdson     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Wouldn't the old RCA projectors have anti clockwise take up, as both spools were at the front. It was B&H who came up with the idea of having the take up spool at the back.

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Michael O'Regan
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 - posted April 29, 2018 02:38 PM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Robert, didn't those RCA models have clockwise take-up, even though both reels were in front, as you say?

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted April 29, 2018 02:49 PM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have three 16mm projectors where the spools are at the front. Two have clockwise direction take-up, and one has anti-clockwise.

RCA Hollywood - clockwise
Ampro Stylist - clockwise
Debrie D16 - anti-clockwise

The first two have rewind facilities, so the spool arrangement is easier for the film path, the Debrie offers neither take-up nor rewind.

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Reese Williams
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 - posted May 01, 2018 04:09 PM      Profile for Reese Williams   Email Reese Williams   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I agree with you

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