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Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera

Item #C14407

Following up on the successful introduction of the Arriflex 35mm BL camera, the ARRI BL 2 improved on the original design by adding a brighter viewfinder, video tap optics, digital footage/frame counter and tachometer, and making the operation of the camera quieter while keeping the form factor small and light. The ARRI BL 2 was a smash success for ARRI, as it was one of the earliest sound silent, hand-held, pin registered cameras on the market. The BL series of cameras embraced a versatile design philosophy, with the camera being easily used hand-held or mounted on a geared head. The magazines are quick and easy to interchange. This camera package includes:

  • ARRI Bl 2 camera body
  • ARRI Bayonet lens mount
  • two 1000' magazines
  • one 400' magazine
  • long and short eyepiece
  • video tap optics (no video tap camera included)
  • 3 stage ARRI matte box
  • balance plate
  • Cinematography Electronics remote speed control
  • three lenses: Cooke Speed Panchro Series III 25mm T2.2 lens in ARRI B mount; Cooke Speed Panchro Series II 50mm T2.3 lens in ARRI B mount; Cooke Speed Panchro Series II 75mm T2.3 lens in ARRI B mount
  • lens focus strips
  • extra lens focus adapter rings
  • power cables and cases for all

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Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera
Arriflex BL2 35mm motion picture camera

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. In 1979, ARRI introduced the Arriflex 35 III camera, a successor to the ever-popular 35 II C. The Arriflex 35 III was a spinning mirror reflex camera that featured single pin registration, a variable shutter (adjustable from 15 degrees to 135 degrees), interchangeable doors, and an interchangeable ground glasses.

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  2. "100 Years Inspiring Your Vision", updated 2017, View source.
  3. Jorge Diaz-Amador, "Camera Profiles - Arriflex 35-II Series," updated 2020, View source.