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1960s eclair 16mm history

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#1 Andrew Johnstone

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:04 AM

Hello All,

I am new to the forum. Although I am a filmmaker myself (20 years in docs) I am now doing and MA/Masters project. I was just wondering if anyone new how much an Ecalir NPR (or any of those early 16mm cameras used to revolutionise doc filkm in the 1960s) cost new? Robert Drew apparently asked Life for $1 million to develop the cameras that Richard Leacock, Maysles etc eventuall used on "Primary", but so far I have not found a reference giving the actual cost of the cameras. Does anyone know?

Thanks for any help!

Andy
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#2 Ian Cooper

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:25 AM

Afraid I can't help with new prices, but I downloaded (from somewhere!) an American Eclair price list dated 1st October 1975, so it would have been about 11 years old as a design by then.

At this time the Eclair NPR with Beala III motor (crystal sync 24/25fps, variable 4 to 40fps), one 400ft magazine, Angenieux orientable viewfinder, accessory case, case for two magazines, instructions etc. was $13,000.00. It was the same price if you chose the "Perfectone" motor instead.

The lens packages (special prices when ordered with camera) were:

Angenieux 12-120 $1,971.00
Angenieux 9.5-57 $2,425.00
Angenieux 10-150 $2,565.00
Angenieux 9.5-95 $3,091.00
Angenieux 12-240 $5,535.00
Angenieux 25-250 $5,715.00
Canon 12-120 $1,935.00

Magazines were $2,500.00
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#3 Mark Dunn

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:26 AM

Beat me to it.

Edited by Mark Dunn, 01 February 2013 - 07:26 AM.

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