Year: 2020

Vinten Model H 35mm motion picture camera

Vinten Model H Rackover System

Last week we had some interesting questions about how the rackover viewing system worked on the Vinten Model H camera. We weren’t sure our explanation was clear enough, so we thought we would show a few pictures that better demonstrate how this fascinating internal rackover system works. The 1st image illustrates the basic layout of …

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An Interview with Doug Fries

While hard at work on the new website, we have been assembling brief histories of camera manufacturers whose equipment we own. There are several major players in the movie equipment world whose histories are difficult to research. Among those, I was shocked to find that there was no information about Fries Engineering, a major innovator …

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Pathe 28mm Projector

Pathe 28mm Projector

While I don’t usually work on outside projects or projectors, I met a very charming man named Harvey Dunn who brought me a Pathe 28mm hand-cranked projector that he wanted restored. This projector is a part of Harvey’s wonderful collection of hand-cranked cameras and projectors. When he brought it to me, the projector was missing …

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Mitchell BNCR sn. 224

Mitchell BNCR sn. 224

This week we began bringing Mitchell BNC 224 back to life. This camera got put on the shelf when we moved and is now being brought out of hiding. When we acquired it, the camera had not been well maintained and was missing many parts. Years of neglect took their toll on this camera, so …

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