CinemaGear.com - Fine Motion Picture Equipment - cinemagear@cinemagear.com - 424-297-0049

Welcome to CinemaGear.com

Image of an antique Bell and Howell model 2709 35mm motion picture camera, 1925.

Our Mission:

Here at CinemaGear we are dedicated to preserving the equipment that first brought moving images to life and continues to inspire and delight us to this day. It is our goal to bring classic motion picture cameras back to life so their history and tecnhological innovations are not lost. Our mission is to save and restore motion picture film cameras dating from their earliest days to the most refined film cameras of the 21st century.

Our Process:

When a piece of equipment comes into our care, we begin by developing a strategy to bring it back into working condition. We assess what parts may need to be replaced or remanufactured, and begin the task of cleaning and servicing the existing structure. Replacement parts are selected from our stock, drawings of parts that need to be machined are generated, parts are machined, and the items are reassembled, calibrated, and tested. Where possible, much of the patina is left in tact in order to respect the history of the machine.

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Preserving History:

We believe that each piece of equipment that comes thorough our doors has a story to tell. We consider these stories a vital part of our restoration process. Using clues we find on the equipment itself, as well as sales records and a variety of research tools, we strive to reconstruct as much of the history of each piece as we possibly can. It is important that this history is both told and preserved. We are always fascinated by the people and the history we discover as we pursue this research, and the projects these cameras have worked on over the decades.


What's New:


A Mitchell NC 35mm motion picture camera on a tripod with part of a second Mitchell camera in the background.

How to Order:

The unique nature of our inventory makes processing sales directly through our website difficult. To place an order, or to inquire about an item, please reach out to us either by telephone or email. You can contact us by telephone Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at (424) 297-0049. You are welcome to send us an email anytime at cinemagear@cinemagear.com. Additionally, you can find us on social media where we share interesting information about different pieces in our inventory and interesting history we have discovered each week.

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We are always seeking vintage and antique motion picture cameras and equipment for purchase and restoration. No digital cameras please! We love hand-cranked, wooden, and metal cameras dating prior to the 1960’s. We are also on the hunt for vintage lenses, wooden tripods, pan/tilt heads, and other motion picture camera accessories. Cameras and accessories from such makers as Bell & Howell, Burke & James, Mitchell, Prestwich, Debrie, Lumiere, Wall, Darling, Gennert, Sterling, DeVry, Ernemman, Bausch & Lomb, Cooke, Kowa, Zeiss, Dallmeyer, Goerz, Leitz, Angenieux, Todd AO, Cinemascope, Panavision, Kodak, and most other early motion picture camera and lens manufacturers are of interest to us. If you have any equipment like this that you are interested in selling, please contact us by phone at (424) 297-0049, or by email at cinemagear@cinemagear.com.