ANTIQUE  35MM  MOTION         PICTURE     CAMERA          "TURRET MODEL"                          1920S 


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I am Searching for one of these cameras.  If anyone has one they would like to sell or trade or know of the whereabouts of one,  please let me know.  Many thanks.

Michael Madden





ca. 1909

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​For a look at a Prevost in more detail, please check out my video below of a DIFFERENT  Prevost.

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The coveted Prevost 35mm Motion Picture Camera, manufactured in France, ca. 1909. This is one of the rarest and most sought after antique motion picture cameras in existence.  In my opinion, this is far more rare than even a Lumiere Cinematographe. I say this because far more Lumieres still exist than Prevosts.  In all my years of research, this is only the 9th Prevost,  in any condition,  in the world.  This camera must have been considered a very advanced piece of machinery in its day at the very beginnings of the motion picture industry.  Please watch the video below to see more details about this wonderful relic of the dawn of the movie business. For price inquiries,  please phone or email me through this site's contact page.

Here is a short video showing the unique auto-dissolve on this Prevost camera

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It is extremely rare to find an antique hand crank motion picture camera that you can consider an "A" list collectible.  Here is a camera worthy of any museum.  This one qualifies in every way. Not only is it rare because it is such an early camera from 1912-1914,  it is also in the most incredible original condition.  It has never been restored and mechanically it is perfect.  An important part of a collectible motion picture camera is provenance.  These cameras were manufactured in France.  An important fact is that ​Carl Laemmle,  head of Universal Studios imported and purchased these cameras for his studio.  At the time I believe it was the only studio using them.  As a matter of fact, the ​ THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS IN HOLLYWOOD   ​is in possession of a wonderful photo showing the Universal cameramen with their Prevost cameras.   The photo is below.  Its difficult enough finding any antique hand crank movie camera,  but to find a studio owned camera is nearly impossible as most cameramen purchased their own.  Another thing that makes this an iconic camera from the earliest part of film making is that a Prevost was used in Buster Keaton's film "The Cameraman" in 1928.   Even then it was considered ancient.  Because of this, every collector I know has tried finding one.   Another reason is that its builder and inventor was Lucien Prevost.   A cinema machinery engineer and inventor who was highly respected in the business.  He was known as a genius in this area.  So much so that there is a Prevost museum in France dedicated to him.  Also, he actually worked for the famous Pathe Freres film company which was the biggest company at that time,  as head of research and development and worked on improving the camera,  and engineering wonderful improvements.  One of the things that I find fascinating about this camera is that it is the only Prevost I have seen with an auto dissolve mechanism so the cameraman could do in camera dissolves,  fade ins and fade outs and overlapping dissolves which at the time was state of the art film making technique.  It is done through the lens itself by mechanically closing down the iris and runs the complete cycle to opening again.  This works flawlessly.  There is a short video below showing the dissolve mechanism in action.  Actually, all of its mechanism is a marvel to watch in action.   It all works beautifully.  Make no mistake here.  This is a motion picture collectible of the highest level.  Someone will end up with one of the most beautiful,  and important antique motion picture cameras in any collection.


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Here is a video on 2 of the rarest camera I have seen in over 20 years

The 1925 Askania Turret model and the 

Debrie Le Parvo ca. 1910 Turret model. The "Debrie Special"

Here is a rare and fantastic photo of Universal Studios cameramen with a battery of Prevost cameras in 1913

Antique ​Prevost 35mm  Professional      

             Motion Picture Camera!

Motion Picture Camera

Here is a camera that in over 20 years of collecting I have never seen.  I have never even heard of it.  I have asked many collectors all over the world if they have one, or even SEEN one of these.  So far, nobody has.  I have sent word to museums in Europeand have nothing back yet. this may be the only left in existance. If anybody seeing this has any info, I would love to hear about it.  I have seen a number of Askania cameras but I have never seen this rare "TURRET" model.  I know it dates to approx. 1928. It is definitely from the silent era.  It runs beautifully and is a very, very solid camera. The most amazing thing about this camera for me is that it still has 2 of its original lenses! They are;

Goerz  5cm  f3  Kino-Hypar

Goerz  4.2cm  f3  Kino-Hypar


These are the best of the best of silent era lenses.  Separately, these lenses go for thousands of dollars as many collectors remount them for more modern cameras. It amazes me that all 3 lenses are still on the camera and in beautiful condition.  They would shoot gorgeous images today.  I am amazed at the craftsmanship of this camera when cranking it and watching its mechanism.  It's like a Swiss watch.  It also has the the two original magazines that came with the camera.  This is a camera that I am going to test shoot with for one of my films.  I am that confident with it and I am truly looking forward to seeing the footage seen through the Kino-Hypar lenses.  Coincidentally,  a gentleman recently sent me an original Askania Catalog knowing I had another different model Askania.  The catalog was FOR the turret model, ,,,, a month or so later,  I have one in my hands. Funny how life works.

Any questions you may have about this rare piece,  feel free to phone me at (617)999-0364 if you are in the United States,  Mexico or Canada.  All others please email me at


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Universal Studios Camera

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