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#1 Robert Szanto

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:33 PM

Just came into possession of an old "Filmorama" anamorphic adapter from Bell and Howell. There isn't much information about it online except for the fact that it was the only 16mm anamorphic adapter designed for projection AND production. Anyone have some experience with it?

Just looking for some info until the correct step down rings arrive.
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#2 Christian Appelt

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:54 AM

If I recall correctly, the Filmorama lens was marketed by Bell&Howell. The claim about being the only double-use 16mm anamorphic lens is not true, but it may have been the first. Nearly all 1950s amateur anamorphics by Isco, Berthiot, Möller (Bolex), S.A.T.E.C. (DyaliScope), Panavision (Superama) and Old Delft (Vistascope) were used for both taking and projecting films.

AWSM: Amateur Anamorphics

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Edited by Christian Appelt, 07 September 2010 - 10:55 AM.

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#3 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:36 PM

I have an Old Delft Vistascope adapter because It seems to fit and work on my Konvas KSR-1 lenses.

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It uses a prism with a curve face and was made in both a 1.5 x and the ultra rare 2.0 x, I of course have the 1.5 x it does work well but is virtually impossible to change focus on once it is set with these lenses. The little Konvas is also pretty cool in that a LOT of 16mm stuff will work with it. I also have a MINT Davis and Sandford Tri-vision Pepper's Ghost Effect attachment that will allow you to composite up to 3 live images in one shot! I LOVE it!!

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I also have a titler for a Kodak 16mm that I want to modify to work with the Konvas, slide in a sheet of optical clear glass then experiment with titles and perhaps glass shots. Even if it doesn't work, it still might be kinda cool to try. B)
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#4 Robert Szanto

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 03:05 PM

I have an Old Delft Vistascope adapter because It seems to fit and work on my Konvas KSR-1 lenses.

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It uses a prism with a curve face and was made in both a 1.5 x and the ultra rare 2.0 x, I of course have the 1.5 x it does work well but is virtually impossible to change focus on once it is set with these lenses. The little Konvas is also pretty cool in that a LOT of 16mm stuff will work with it. I also have a MINT Davis and Sandford Tri-vision Pepper's Ghost Effect attachment that will allow you to composite up to 3 live images in one shot! I LOVE it!!

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I also have a titler for a Kodak 16mm that I want to modify to work with the Konvas, slide in a sheet of optical clear glass then experiment with titles and perhaps glass shots. Even if it doesn't work, it still might be kinda cool to try. B)


Yeah, I just saw an 8mm Vistascope adapter on Ebay a couple days ago. There's a video of one being used on a 5D on vimeo. Looks a bit like some of the shots from "A.I."

What exactly is a "ghost effect" adapter? Is that something you would use during principal photography, or just in post?
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#5 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 06:58 PM



put this over the lens and it allows you to project and cpmposit 3 separate live action images into the lens
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#6 Robert Szanto

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 10:33 AM

I see. It takes away the need for a giant reflecting mirror in the scene because it's all done inside the adapter. Pretty nifty.
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#7 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 01:37 AM

Exactly, If you've ever read Techniques of Special Effects of Cinematography be Raymond Fielding where is a terrific section where Pepper's Ghost Effect is used to put a woman seated and painting at an easel in the window of a miniature 10 story building. I recommend everyone read this book, there are some GREAT descriptions of old school effects and a BOON for low budget film makers. Everyone has been conned into believing CGI is the ONLY way to do visual effects when in fact, old school effects can be much cheaper, more realistic and more effective than CGI. If you've ever seen Mario Bava's Black Sabbath he used Pepper's Ghost effect very effectively in that one. I'm a HUGE fan of Bava. He always had ridicules budgets but managed to create incredible atmosphere despite this. One of my favorites is Planet of the Vampires, he managed to take a take this little horror film and turn it into an incredible piece of art.
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#8 Robert Szanto

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:16 PM

I've actually been stalking that book for quite some time now. Didn't really hear much about it besides the reviews on Amazon. I think you've finally convinced me to take the plunge with it.
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#9 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 12:01 AM

You won't be disappointed. :D
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