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A new book about PROTOTYPES - movie cameras that never hit the market


Jurgen Lossau
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My little publishing house is preparing a new book called PROTOTYPE. Inside there are around 100 movie cameras that were never built. Super 8, Single-8, 16mm, 8mm. Ingenious designs that were too expensive to mass produce. Or were conceived too early. Or too late. Models that could take photos and filming movies. Intelligent design, opulent functions. Inventions between 1935 and 1980. A last look at these analog treasures before they are forgotten. Interviews with constructors and designers. This book is free for pre-ordering now. Today, technical books are only available in small print runs. That's why we work with pre-orders for this title, in order to be able to estimate the exact print run. Distribution currently only online and not through bookstores. Here you will find more information: https://www.mysuper8.net/shop/prototype---100-unknown-movie-cameras/

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I was always fascinated by the 12-perf 35mm horizontal movement camera prototype built (in the 1990s?) to create 2.40 images with 65mm quality (8-perf VistaVision has a 1.50 : 1 aspect ratio so had to be cropped to get 2.40).

But it never got off the ground for various reasons, one of them being the surrounding post infrastructure needed for telecine transfers, etc.  The idea is similar to what Fred Waller was working on to replace 3-camera Cinerama when he died in 1954, except he was also trying to use a curved film gate as well.

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On 2/27/2022 at 5:10 PM, David Mullen ASC said:

I was always fascinated by the 12-perf 35mm horizontal movement camera prototype built (in the 1990s?) to create 2.40 images with 65mm quality (8-perf VistaVision has a 1.50 : 1 aspect ratio so had to be cropped to get 2.40).

But it never got off the ground for various reasons, one of them being the surrounding post infrastructure needed for telecine transfers, etc.  The idea is similar to what Fred Waller was working on to replace 3-camera Cinerama when he died in 1954, except he was also trying to use a curved film gate as well.

Well, David, lets put this 35mm example in the next book, for now I have more than enough to do with 16mm, Super 8, Single-8 and 8mm;). Thanks for the pre-orders so far. Here are the brand names from the book:

Agfa 3x 8mm, 8x Super 8

Arri Super 8

Bauer 5x Super 8

Beaulieu 2x Super 8

Bolex Super 8

Bolsey (8mm)

Braun Nizo 2x 8mm, 10x Super 8

Canon Super 8

Chinon Super 8

Eumig 15x Super 8

Fujica (5x Single-8)

Gakken (Single-8)

GOMZ (Super 8, 16mm)

Kodak 16mm, 2x Super 8

Leitz Leicina (12x 8mm)

Logmar Super 8

Meopta (8mm)

Nikon 8mm, Super 8

Rollei 8mm, 16mm, Super 8

Saraber Finetta Super 8

Silma Super 8

Suchanek (8mm)

Victor (2x 16mm) 

Zeiss Ikon (16mm) 

and others

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