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Conventional Fixtures Changing the degree of Source Four Barrel

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Shawncfer, May 24, 2009.

  1. Shawncfer

    Shawncfer Active Member

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    So I was wondering,

    If I take a 19 degree barrel, open it up, and move then lens up, could that turn it in to a turn a 36 degree?
     
  2. midgetgreen11

    midgetgreen11 Active Member

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    No, 36 degree barrels contain two lenses in them, on each end of the barrel.
     
  3. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    To further clarify, each of the lenses is unique. The same barrel is used with five locations for 19°, 26°, 50° and two lenses making 36°.

    The Colortran 5/50 (and from the 1980s MiniEllipse) line of ERSs exploited the formula
    EFL = (f1 * f2) / (f1 + f2 - d) [where EFL=Effective Focal Length, f1=Focal Length of Lens1, f2=Focal Length of Lens2, d=Distance between Lenses.]
    to allow different effective focal lengths from the same two lenses; a principle also used by Zoom Ellipsoidals.
     
  4. Shawncfer

    Shawncfer Active Member

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    so just to make sure I got this right, Each lense is different, so (excluding the 36 degree) if I moke the lense it wont make a difference?
     
  5. jmabray

    jmabray Active Member

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    It will make a difference - it will ruin your fixture. You won't get another degree measurement, you won't be able to focus your fixture - it just won't work correctly anymore.
     
  6. cdub260

    cdub260 CBMod CB Mods

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    To expand a little on the last point, the lenses are all different sizes and will only fit in one of the five slots, making it impossible to move them from one point in the barrel to another.
     
  7. Clifford

    Clifford Active Member

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    For those who are visual learners:

    This is the cross-section of a Source4 19° lens tube.

    And

    This is the cross-section of a Source4 36° lens tube.


    Images from B&H Photo Video
     
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