Antique Prevost 35mm Professional
Motion Picture Camera!
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.
For a look at a Prevost in more detail, please check out my video below of a DIFFERENT Prevost.
I am searching for this type of tripod and gear head. Several companies made similar ones to this. Namely Univeral, Burke and James (also Universal), and Askania. The Universal camera company seem to be the ones usually found. If you know of one please let me know. Thank you.
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Looking for this rear critical focuser-viewfinder of the Debrie Parvo or Askania Cameras. Any help would be appreciated.
Here is a short video showing the unique auto-dissolve on this Prevost camera
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.
Here is a rare and fantastic photo of Universal Studios cameramen with a battery of Prevost cameras in 1913
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