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Arriflex 35 III with PL Lens Mount

Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with Panavision lens mount

Item #C10908

In 1979, ARRI introduced the Arriflex 35 III camera, a successor to the ever-popular 35 II C. The Arriflex 35 III is a spinning mirror reflex camera that features single pin registration, a variable shutter (adjustable from 15 degrees to 135 degrees), interchangeable doors, and an interchangeable ground glasses. This particular camera features a Super 35 gate, a PL lens mount, and a Cinematography Electronics crystal controlled flat base. It is in very good used condition and has been serviced. The Arriflex 35 III is the perfect 2nd unit MOS camera, as it features all of the ruggedness of the ARRI II C, but with a crystal-controlled motor and a brighter orientable viewfinder. The Cinematography Electronics flat base allows for infinitely variable frame rates and crystal speed from 4 to 50 fps at 12 V DC, and up to 130 fps at 24V DC. This camera was retired from the rental inventory of Panavision Europe.

A Brief History of ARRI

ARRI was founded by August Arnold and Robert Richter in Munich, Germany in 1917. Friends from school, Arnold and Richter already had some experience in the motion picture business, having worked as cameramen and lab technicians. They began their business by building a film copying machine using parts out of an old film projector they purchased secondhand. While sales of their machine were going well, both men continued their work in many aspects of the movie business, including as cinematographers, producers, and lighting technicians. In 1918, they worked on their first film with director Fred Stranz, a western called "Der Schwarze Jack" (or Black Jack).

By 1920 they were producing their own short films, and using the profits to improve their printers. In 1924, Arnold began designing their first motion picture camera, the KINARRI 35, as well as their first lighting equipment. This camera was completed by 1925 and Arnold sent it to Richter in the United States where he had gone to learn about the American film business. Their second camera, the TROPEN, which featured an adjustable rotary shutter, was produced during this time as well. In 1928, the KINARRI 16 was developed for an amateur filmmaking audience, along with a 2nd more advanced model that featured an internal spring wind mechanism. In 1934, with sound films now dominating the market, ARRI developed a portable sound camera, but patent issues prevented it from being sold commercially. Success came soon after though.

In 1937, the ARRIFLEX 35 was released, a revolutionary handheld spinning mirror reflex 35mm motion picture camera that featured a spinning mirrored shutter and a parallax-free erect image viewfinder. This design, which saw many innovations and updates after its introduction, was produced until 1978. The Arriflex 35 is a World War II vintage camera, and saw use by the German military during the war. Some early examples of the ARRI 35 were captured by American troops and brought back to the US. In 1946, ARRI introduced the next generation of this camera, the Arriflex 35 II. So influential was the Arriflex 35 series of cameras, that it was awarded an Academy Award of Merit in 1983 for "the concept and engineering of the first operational 35mm, hand-held, spinning mirror reflex, motion picture camera."

The Arriflex 35 II B model was released in 1960, and featured a new transport claw design and a fixed 180-degree shutter. In 1964, the Arriflex 35 II C model was introduced, bringing with it an improved viewfinder system with larger viewfinder optics, interchangeable ground glasses, an interchangeable eyepiece, and a variable shutter. The Arriflex 35 II C was manufactured through 1979.

  1. Jon Fauer, "The History of ARRI in a Century of Cinema", ARRI, updated 2021, View source.
  2. "100 Years Inspiring Your Vision", updated 2017, View source.
  3. Jorge Diaz-Amador, "Camera Profiles - Arriflex 35-II Series," updated 2020, View source.

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Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with PL lens mount
Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with PL lens mount
Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with PL lens mount
Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with PL lens mount
Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with PL lens mount
Arriflex 35 III spinning mirror reflex camera with PL lens mount