E.X.16 & PANORAM

In the last few years of its existence, éclair designed two cameras, the evolution of the ACL II design: E.X.16 and PANORAM.

E.X.16

The E.X.16 was to be éclair’s economical model. This camera was more-or-less an ACL II with downgraded specifications such as a rotatable viewfinder, 200′ magazine and fixed 24/25 motor as the basic kit. The U.S. list price in 1983 for a basic E.X.16 camera was $11,865.

E.X.16 pictured cover of the French magazine le technicien du film et de la video, October 1982 issue

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E.X.16 Prices (from the AGE CATALOG 1985)

PANORAM

The PANORAM was to be the top-of-the-line professional model, including substantial improvements over the ACL II such as a quick-change dual 16mm/Super-16 format (VARIGATE), a spinning mirror, adjustable shutter  and premium accessories. The U.S. list price in 1983 for a basic PANORAM camera was $20,185.

éclair had just begun marketing the two cameras when they ceased all camera production and Aaton bought the technology and patents.  Neither camera made it to the mass production stage. Apparently a very small quantity of PANORAMs were produced. There may only be a few prototypes of the E.X.16. It is not clear whether either model was actually distributed, but they both appear in late éclair sales brochures.

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PANORAM Prices (from the AGE CATALOG 1985)


EX16 leaflet

Original material courtesy of Alan Gordon Enterprises, Hollywood, CA

PANORAM leaflet

Line-up

Original material courtesy of Alan Gordon Enterprises, Hollywood, CA