Fries Engineering

A Lens Mount Experiment

I have shown you my recent work repairing the Fries Ultra 70 3×65 IMAX format camera. The owner of this camera doesn’t have lenses that were made specifically for it, but it occurred to me that the lenses that were built for the CP65 Showscan cameras “might” work in this situation. This week I experimented …

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Fries Ultra 70 camera

Fries Engineering Ultra 70

An interesting camera came through my shop for evaluation this week. This is a Fries Engineering Ultra 70 (3 X 65) camera that shoots IMAX 15-perf pull-across 65mm film. I am evaluating what work needs to be done to get it up and running again, but currently it isn’t pulling film. Fascinatingly large and heavy, …

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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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