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#1 pbryant

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:01 PM

Hi all!

I'm a long time reader, but this is my first post. I've been looking for a while, but have come up with nothing, so I thought I'd lay my query at the feet of the experts here...

I'm an eager (if green) cinematographer, and have recently become very interested in the idea of a build-it-yourself kit for a simple motion picture camera. I assumed someone out there would be producing something like this for the serious hobbyist, and further assumed it would be 8- or 16-mm, however I can't find anything on the 'net that even mentions anything like this.

Photographers have all sorts of pinhole, view-camera, and other hobby camera kits, is there nothing similar in the motion picture community?

Thanks so much,
Paul
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:48 PM

Not that I'm aware of, although I know of no reason it couldn't be done. Mainly people in that situation look at older cameras, particularly the Russian stuff. Much of it is built like a tank and readily upgradeable.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 10:46 PM

A film camera, even a simple one, is a pretty complex piece of equipment. I mean, the non powered ones were basically like a very large (loud) watch. . . you'd need some serious machining skills, I would think, to build one from scratch, as opposed to a pin-hole camera, ya know.
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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:00 PM

A Filmo off of Ebay would do it and do it a lot cheaper than any kit, even if one existed. It's the first cam I ever shot film with. Plus-X reversal. I remember it better than the first woman I made love to.
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#5 Patrick Neary

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:14 PM

Photographers have all sorts of pinhole, view-camera, and other hobby camera kits, is there nothing similar in the motion picture community?


Hi!

There isn't- But like Paul sez, there are a LOT of old junky 16mm and 8mm cameras out there for cheep. I'm trying to build my own 35mm based on an automax geneva movement, and it's a chore, let me tell you. Maybe if I were a better machinist and woodworker...:)
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#6 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 12:23 AM

If you can find an old Pathe handcrank model, that might be fun ;)
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 12:54 AM

Photographers have all sorts of pinhole, view-camera, and other hobby camera kits, is there nothing similar in the motion picture community?

Thanks so much,
Paul


I would guess that the precision of intermittent movement is what makes what you're searching for so elusive.
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#8 Chris Keth

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:06 AM

Any super 8 camera with all manual controls would fit the bill.

In 16mm, bolex and krasnogorsk cameras are nice. Both are springwound. I would lean toward the bolex. I think there is nicer glass available and it is actually a little quieter and better made.
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#9 John Sprung

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:55 PM

If you can find an old Pathe handcrank model, that might be fun ;)

If you can find one for under about $5k, grab it. They're valuable as antiques.



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