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#1 Michael Schroers

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:13 AM

Hello,

I want to ask which 16mm camera was the most expensive and 'high end' in the 1960s.

Someone told me, the Arriflex 16 ST and 16 SR was the Standard in Quality at this time and already the
most used camera (especially in europe) .
But the Mitchell cameras like the DSR-16 and the SSR-16 would have been more expensive than the
Arriflex and a little bit better in image quality, too.

Is that true ?

Edited by Michael Schroers, 29 October 2011 - 06:14 AM.

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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:26 AM

The Arriflex 16SR was not made in the 1960's, it didn't come out until later.

The Arriflex 16S was definitely one of the better 16mm cameras from that period. Don't know much about the Mitchell or it's cost. The limiting factor in image quality for 16mm production in the 1960's was glass. There weren't nearly as many lens choices, or I should say High End lens choices back then. The Zeiss Super Speed lenses for 16mm weren't developed until later. You had the Cooke Kinetal lenses, the Schneider Cine lenses, and the original Zeiss Cine lenses, and a few Rodenstocks, and Kilfits, but the limiting factor in image quality from that period was the lenses.

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#3 Michael Schroers

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 09:34 AM

The Arriflex 16SR was not made in the 1960's, it didn't come out until later.

The Arriflex 16S was definitely one of the better 16mm cameras from that period. Don't know much about the Mitchell or it's cost. The limiting factor in image quality for 16mm production in the 1960's was glass. There weren't nearly as many lens choices, or I should say High End lens choices back then. The Zeiss Super Speed lenses for 16mm weren't developed until later. You had the Cooke Kinetal lenses, the Schneider Cine lenses, and the original Zeiss Cine lenses, and a few Rodenstocks, and Kilfits, but the limiting factor in image quality from that period was the lenses.

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And which lenses ?

I Think the most expensive lenses were the Zeiss and Cookes, the cheapest the Rodenstocks. But Rodenstock only made 3 for Arri, the 16mm, the 25mm and the 50.

Edited by Michael Schroers, 29 October 2011 - 09:37 AM.

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