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#1 Matt Butler

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 09:56 PM

I'm trying to find out the build date of a rack-over Mitchell #740.
I vaguely remember that a camera-buff had collected a list of these numbers.
I tried googling and found out more than I need to know about WW2 Mitchell bombers serial
numbers!
Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.
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#2 Nate Downes

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 10:15 PM

#740 would be a 50's-60's, my guess.
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 07:35 AM

I'm trying to find out the build date of a rack-over Mitchell #740.
I vaguely remember that a camera-buff had collected a list of these numbers.
I tried googling and found out more than I need to know about WW2 Mitchell bombers serial
numbers!
Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.

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Hi,

If you call Joe Dunton in the USA he has the original records and can tell you the delivery date and original owner.

www.joedunton.com

I would guess about 1947 as they were making about 50 a year and 576 was November 1943.

Good luck

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Posted 21 May 2005 - 05:24 AM

Which mitchell is it, because the Mitchell BNC cameras only went to #365. We currently have about 40 of them and I have been trying to find the history of them myself but it ain't easy. Movietech in London have #365 which is in mint condition.
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Posted 21 May 2005 - 05:31 AM

Which mitchell is it, because the Mitchell BNC cameras only went to #365. We currently have about 40 of them and I have been trying to find the history of them myself but it ain't easy. Movietech in London have #365 which is in mint condition.

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With 40 BNC's I guess you are in Bristol! Contact Joe Dunton with a list of serial no's and he will give you the information from the Mitchell Camera Co records.

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Posted 21 May 2005 - 05:33 AM

Hi Stephen, yes we are in Bristol, at Aardman to be exact. I used to work with Joe at Movietech and have tried getting the list of him but with no luck I'm afraid.
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Posted 21 May 2005 - 05:43 AM

Hi Stephen, yes we are in Bristol, at Aardman to be exact. I used to work with Joe at Movietech and have tried getting the list of him but with no luck I'm afraid.

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Hi,

Call the USA office tel (+1) 910-343-1089, If Joe is not there explain what you want. I am sure they can help. I spoke to Joe 2 years ago at IBC, he was planning to put the records on the web. I guess that has not happened yet.

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Posted 21 May 2005 - 11:53 PM

I emailed Joe Dunton on May 14 - no reply as yet,I guess he is a busy guy afterall.

This Mitchell has the pull-down shuttle of an NC type(metal gears with the claw mechanism on a slight down wards angle) and the main drive sprockect lay-out of a Standard & High Speed as illustrated in threading diagrams in American Cinematographer Manual 8th edition/2001.(pages531 &533)

Is this the layout of a GC or a custom version?
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Posted 22 May 2005 - 04:25 AM

I emailed Joe Dunton on May 14 - no reply as yet,I guess he is a busy guy afterall.

This Mitchell has the pull-down shuttle of an NC type(metal gears with the claw mechanism on a slight down wards angle) and the main drive sprockect lay-out of a Standard & High Speed as illustrated in threading diagrams in American Cinematographer Manual 8th edition/2001.(pages531 &533)

Is this the layout of a GC or a custom version?

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Hi,

Can you post a photo? Many cameras have had the gates changed! Do the serial no's on the gate + pressure plate match the body? The serial no. implies a GC/ High Speed type as it has metal gears. Many Standard's had high speed gates and bearings fitted.

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#10 Stephen Williams

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 02:24 AM

Matt sent me a photomatt.jpg

Matt,

IMHO your camera is a GC Mitchell. It's not a NC movement!
Your camera is missing 2 loop rollers see DSC_0288.JPG
I have seen a 1940's military manuel and all the rollers are removed. IMHO it is better to have the rollers in place for higher speed shooting. I would loop the film over the 1 roller you have.

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 10:12 AM

And yes, I am very jealous of you for having one. The Rack-Over Mitchell is the camera I want to own one day.
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Posted 24 May 2005 - 08:08 AM

And yes, I am very jealous of you for having one.  The Rack-Over Mitchell is the camera I want to own one day.

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Hi,

They come up on Ebay all the time. The lowest serial no I have seen on Ebay is No 5 with a Fries Conversion. I know no 35 is in regular use on a Milo motion control in Germany.

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 08:53 AM

As I said: Rack Over

Fries conversion eliminates the rack-over capability to add reflex viewing. It also, incidentally, removes the variable shutter which is part of the reason I want one. The last true Rack-Over Mitchell on ebay went for over $8000, more than this poor guy can afford.

Now, there is a nice 16mm rackover Mitchell on there, but shipping from Sweeden would be insane.
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Posted 24 May 2005 - 10:19 AM

As I said:  Rack Over

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Why ????

Hey get an S35R great camera, mirror reflex and variable (not when running) focal plane shutter.

We used to rent one all the time from Camera Mart, I got kinda proprietary about it: I'd pick it up and say "I'm here for my camera :). It didn't have a tap, the one that did was rented often, this one rarely was.

I should have tried to buy it when Camera Mart went under. "Everyone" wanted an Arri III by that point (not without reason).

coulda shoulda woulda....

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 10:32 AM

As I said:  Rack Over

Fries conversion eliminates the rack-over capability to add reflex viewing.  It also, incidentally, removes the variable shutter which is part of the reason I want one.  The last true Rack-Over Mitchell on ebay went for over $8000, more than this poor guy can afford.

Now, there is a nice 16mm rackover Mitchell on there, but shipping from Sweeden would be insane.

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Hi,

The Fries 35 R has a beam splitter and retains the variable shutter. I was the high bidder on one 2 years ago at 2150 USD , in the end he sold for 3750 USD.

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 10:35 AM

Why ????

Hey get an S35R great camera, mirror reflex and variable (not when running) focal plane shutter.


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Sam,

You can motorise the shutter on an S35R and do speed ramps. I have many times with a motion control.

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 10:36 AM

Why ????

Hey get an S35R great camera, mirror reflex and variable (not when running) focal plane shutter.

We used to rent one all the time from Camera Mart, I got kinda proprietary about it: I'd pick it up and say "I'm here for my camera :). It didn't have a tap, the one that did was rented often, this one rarely was.

I should have tried to buy it when Camera Mart went under. "Everyone" wanted an Arri III by that point (not without reason).

coulda shoulda woulda....

-Sam

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Hey, I'd take an S35R, but I like being able to change the shutter angle mid-shot. But, I work a crummy job and noone around here needs cinematographers so I could get extra income. Instead, they want Varicam operators willing to work for $25/day. I'm still laughing at that job offer.
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Posted 24 May 2005 - 10:37 AM

Hi,

The Fries 35 R has a beam splitter and retains the  variable shutter. I was the high bidder on one 2 years ago at 2150 USD , in the end he sold for 3750 USD.

Cheers

Stephen

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I remember that one, good looking setup too.

But it's an impractical dream for me right now. I had to scrimp to get myself a pair of K-3's (and one of those was given to me).
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Posted 24 May 2005 - 10:39 AM

Sam,

You can motorise the shutter on an S35R and do speed ramps. I have many times with a motion control.

Stephen

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Did not know that. Will keep that in mind tho from now on.

At this point I'd just be happy to be working on something, however.
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Posted 24 May 2005 - 11:09 AM

Did not know that.  Will keep that in mind tho from now on.

At this point I'd just be happy to be working on something, however.

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The one thing to think about any Mitchell with a variable shutter is that they can flicker. Remember they are between 30 and 80 years old. I think Aardman removes the second blade for that reason, but retains the focal plane light tight shutter. Thats one big reason why most of the later Fries conversions were 35R3. Five years ago I needed to rebuild the shutter of an AF35R. Over 100 hours of workshop time! but I needed the variable shutter!

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