The KING of them all. The Bell and Howell 2709B studiocamera. This camera changed the film industry. This camera had THE steadiest film transport movement and was the standard studio motion picture camera for many years throughout the silent era.
This is camera serial #27. Since the first all metal 2709 was serial #9, then that makes this camera the 19th Bell and Howell 2709B ever made. This particular one was by far the best 2709 I ever worked on. Incredibly smooth running and a marvel of engineering. It is sitting on an original Bell and Howell tripod geared head that belonged to Charlie Chaplin.
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This early ca. 1928... Newman Sinclair Auto-KIne camera was a marvel. This camera held 200 feet of film. The companies claim was that when the camera was fully wound, it could run the entire load of film with only the one complete wind. I tested the theory. It IS true. It worked flawlessly and is an incredible camera. A real joy to restore.
Prestwich #5 ca. 1905-1908. The finest antique movie camera I have ever see. (Side finder,replica manufactured by me)
I believe it is called a
Konvas model #1
The Pathe Studio Model camera, introduction ca. 1905. These cameras are always wonderful to work on. This camera had to have the leather replaced. This one in Particular has the later add on "Badgley Lever Shutter" which gave the camera operator much more freedom to do "in camera" special effects. These modifications were very sophisticated technology for the time and the price reflected that. The modification was as much as the camera itself in price. At one point the camera outfit cost around 900. dollars...in 1912..
Here is a photo ca. 1911-1912 of the very first Bell and Howell 2709B serial number "9"
Mitchell Standard Camera ca. 1929. A complete outfit purchased by Fox Studios. One of the best i have come across. everything working flawlessly.
Here is one of my all time favorites. This is the exquisite J. Debrie Parvo. These cameras were developed and manufactured in France beginning in 1908. This particular camera was a joy to work on and was the smoothest running Debrie I ever handled. This is a very early model of the camera. If I were to shoot with any antique camera it would be this one.
The Gaumont Chrononegativ ca. 1913. This particular camera was based on the Prestwich #4 design but had improvements. This very one
had a three perf pull down. It is believed to be one of the cameras that shot all the titles for the Gaumont COLOR process from 1913-1920? VERY RARE!!!
Another fantastic Wilart. This one is ca. 1919. Note the built in sidefinder. Later models have separate sidefinders.
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RUSSIAN COPY OF A DEBRIE PARVO
Replica Lumiere Cinematographe that I built. The tripod it is sitting on must have been quite expensive in its day. While restoring it I found the brass to be guilded in GOLD!
I am particularly proud of having once owned this camera. A Pathe Studio camera that I had to restore and re-leather. I believe it was owned by
Douglas Fairbanks. I have yet to find a Pathe to crank and operate so smoothly. A real honor.
It sits on a gorgeous Motion Picture Apparatus co. tripod
Prestwich #4 ca. 1899. This camera to me is even more rare than the Lumiere Cinematographe. I know of far less in existence. I restored this wonderful camera inside and out. It was a privilege to work on such an incredible piece of motion picture history.
This is a 1919 KLIX Camera. Made for the amateur and home market. Incredibly well designed and built. Only the second one I have ever seen.
1909 Prevost Motion Picture Camera
Here is an incredible project by a very good friend of mine. He built a replica of A Pathe Studio camera. I did the leather work on this and was amazed by his work.
The Barker's movement removed
Bell and Howell 2709 #30. Complete with Goerz right side finder for critical focusing. Very advanced for the time as it created a right side up and left to right correct image. Note replica right side side finder. Incredible camera.
The Akeley "Pancake" Motion Picture Camera. ca. 1914-1917. A camera decades ahead of its time. Of all the cameras i have owned, this was one of my favorites.
This is a very early model to the Ertel. One fun feature is the blueprint on the inside of the door.
A rare early 1919-1920s 400 foot Universal Motion Picture Camera. It is on a very rare Debrie tripod.
Another great Mitchell Camera. This one had all of the special effects layered "inside" of the front of L base. Different masks, ovals, circular, keyhole etc. Also moveable mattes and the coveted internal effects iris.
Wilart Camera. ca 1924. Incredible camera. It is on a Motion Picture Apparatus Co. tripod. Art deco at its best.
This extremely rare camera was an incredible challenge to restore. This was the famous SELIG POLYSCOPE CAMERA ca. 1912. Its design had many firsts in camera technology. This camera was destroyed in a fire and I restored it all those years later. It will shoot today.
The Barker Bros. K3 motion picture camera AND projector.ca. 1915. A great little camera with a movement similar to the 1899 Prestwich. Very rare.
Lumiere cinématographe ca. 1897-1901
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An early Optigraph projector head. ca. 1899-1902