Mitchell 16mm friction head

Mitchell 16mm Friction Head

Originally introduced in 1946, the Mitchell 16 professional motion picture camera incorporated the features and design that had made Mitchell’s 35mm cameras so successful. The Mitchell 16 was advertised as a more compact package, well suited to 16mm cinematography. Alongside the camera, Mitchell introduced a full complement of accessories, including a sidefinder, tripod, and friction head like the example shown here. When this unit arrived, the top plate where the camera mounts to the friction head was fractured right down the middle. A new top plate and pan handle were machined and installed to restore the friction head to working condition. We have paired this friction head, serial number 31, with a Mitchell 16 Pro camera package that will soon be available for sale on our website. Another piece of equipment brought back to life!