Arriflex 35 no. 1166

Update: Arriflex 35 #1166

Update: With special thanks to Jan Heugel at Arriflex in Munich, we have learned that our Arriflex 35 was originally sold to the Hungarian Ministry of Defense in November 1942. We are both interested and a little terrified to learn more of its history. The search continues!

Original Arriflex 35

Introduced in 1937, the Arriflex 35 was a unique 35mm handheld motion picture camera that featured a revolutionary mirrored shutter and a parallax-free, erect image viewfinder. The Arri 35 is World War II vintage camera that was used originally by the German military during the war. Some early examples of this camera were captured by …

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A gathering of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences History and Technology Subcommittee

AMPAS Gathering

This past Thursday, we had the privilege of hosting a gathering of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences History and Technology subcommittee. We spent a lovely few hours touring our new facility and talking about what Cinema Engineering Co. and CinemaGear.com are all about. Our meeting and tour was full of …

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DeVry Standard Lunchbox camera no. 765

DeVry Standard “Lunchbox” Camera

We’ve been busy this week working on the showroom and pulled this DeVry Standard “Lunchbox” Camera serial no. 765, out of storage to go on display. This model was introduced in 1926 and sold originally for $150.00. We acquired this particular camera from internationally recognized cinematographer and historian Roy Wagner. He provided us with a …

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New Arrival: Mitchell NC #239

New Arrival: Mitchell NC serial #239. This camera was originally purchased by the United States Army Air Corps in 1944. It looks to be in good condition upon our initial inspection. We would love to know what the Army Air Corps was using this camera for back in the 1940s.

Mitchell Pan and Tilting Head for Anti-Aircraft Triangulation Camera

We have been working on finishing the setup of the showroom this week, and pulled this interesting item out of storage. It is labeled as a Pan and Tilting Head for Use with Anti Aircraft Triangulation Camera, Type CMZ-3B and was built by the Mitchell Camera Corporation for the United States Navy. Beyond that, we …

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Tandberg Model 11

Just back from master electronics repair technician Dennis Buhrmann, this extraordinary Tandberg model 11 reel-to-reel 1/4″ tape recorder will be available on our site soon. The Tandberg model 11 was a less expensive alternative to the Nagra Portable Location Recorder. This model dates to the late 1960’s.

The D-Flex at Galatic Innovations

The Dykstra-Flex made its first public reappearance at the Academy Science and Technology Council’s Galactic Innovations event last night after decades in storage. I am thrilled to have been instrumental in bringing this amazing piece of equipment back to life. My thanks to Joe Di Gennaro, Gene Kozicki, Joe Lewis, and Miles Lewis for their …

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The Dykstra-Flex camera crane reassembled at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Dykstra-Flex Has Left the Building

The Dykstra-Flex has left the building! Yesterday the restored Trojan head was brought back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be reinstalled on the Dykstra-Flex crane. After much struggle, all went well and everything ran successfully.