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Motion Picture Film Cameras that are still in use these days?


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#1 Salil Sundresh

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 12:14 AM

What are the most commonly used motion picture film cameras these days?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 12:24 AM

Arri cameras, from the BL4 up to the most modern ones, as well as Panavision Systems would be the most used. A great way to see what's out there is to follow the rentals, which'll lead you primarily to Panavision, Arri CSC as primary rental houses for a lot of productions. And, aside, there are really only 3 manufacturers for new film cameras these days, Arri, Aaton, and Panavision. Aatons, while great little cameras, don't seem as used as their Arri and Panavision counterparts, at least here in the US, though here and again you'll see them around, especially as they are a "cat on your shoulder," or very good (probably the best) hand-held.
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#3 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:02 AM

If you mean cameras used in "professional" Hollywood-type productions only, then Adrian's answer seems logical.

However, if you mean all types of usage, the most commonly used motion picture film camera is most likely the various models of super8 cameras followed by the Bolex in 16mm.

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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:15 PM

In the last year or two, I've had in front of me:


BL4
535
435
235
arricam ST and LT
SR3
416
Millenium XL
GII
Panavised 435
Moviecam light
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#5 Chris Keth

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:18 PM

duplicate post

Edited by Chris Keth, 19 November 2010 - 09:19 PM.

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#6 Simon Wyss

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 06:14 AM

Please,

Millennium, with two n, the latin words mille and annum hide in there.

C'est tout.
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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 07:20 AM

Adding a couple to Chris's list:
Panavision LW (lightweight)
Panavision Platinum
Panvision Panastar
Moviecam Compact
Moviecam SL
Arri 3
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#8 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 03:56 AM

Lots of indy guys who want to own their own equipment like myself go with Commiecams (Eastern Block Soviet equipment) which is surprisingly good quality and relatively inexpensive, Kinor 35mm and Konvas (all of which are 35mm) are the most popular and in 16mm the Kinor 16mm and the KRASNOGORSK-3 which is a cool little wind up camera. The Lomo lenses are very good quality and unfortunately being snapped up by RED guys which has kinda screwed up the price but they are still affordable. These cameras were made right up til the collapse of the Soviet union so some are from the late 80s and early 90s. With upgraded electronics, they are terrific cameras. Arri BLs 1, 2 and 3 have come down though and can be had for as little as 5 grand on occasion, so that's not too bad either.
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