Movie Cameras

Tomei Collection

A few movie cameras have been included in the collection. They were selected not based on rarity or value, but upon less impressive criteria like "my dad had one", or it was really cheap.  However, there is an intrinsic beauty in each of these cameras, in the quality of workmanship or in the art deco-inspired design. 


The Revere Model 99 (left) was produced from about 1948 through 1954 or so. It was a heavy, well built camera for double run 8mm film.


The Univex A8 (right) was produced about 1936 and sold in great numbers which explains why it is so common today. It used Univex patented single run 8mm film and had interchangeable lenses. However, its most attractive feature is the art deco styling reminiscent of the features of the then newly opened Empire State Building.


The B8 appeared about three years later in 1939  and offered a telescopic viewfinder. This marked the appearance of an entire line of 8mm cameras from Universal Camera Corp. which continued through the 1950's when they ceased operations. 




The 16mm Kodak Ciné Model E was produced from about 1937 and was discontinued shortly after WWII.  It took 100 foot rolls of 16mm film. This example arrived with a full load of partially exposed film which I am always tempted to develop.  It was simple, reliable, unpretentious and an excellent utility 16mm camera.





Who can resist a brand new, never been used, still in the box 1940 camera?  This Ciné-Kodak Model 20 was produced by Kodak from 1937 until about 1942 when it was replaced by the improved Model 25.  This example was found unused in the original box with all the tags and pamphlets.  It was the first 8mm spool load movie camera and it used 25 ft double-8 film.  Fixed focus, Newton finder, and 16fps made it the ideal camera for home movies.


This Photoscop meter was among the earliest electronic exposure meters. This rare USA export model for professional cinematographers was built in 1934 as dated by a stamp inside the case.  It is similar to the Photoskop K model that was produced for still photography in Europe.


The Cine-Kodak Magazine 8 was produced from 1946 through 1955. It used reversing film magazines and a wide variety of lenses could be mounted.

The Paillard model B8 appeared in 1953. This same company brought to market the remarkable Bolex H-16 camera as well as the Alpa and Bolsey still cameras.