Thursday, 11 February 2010


After weeks and weeks of researching into Cine Cameras and the pro's & cons of buying one - I am now the proud owner of not one but 2 - Yes 2!, Super 8 Cine Cameras, an "ELMO SUPER 8 230S-XL" and a "BELL & HOWELL 1225 AF".

Historically, Bell & Howell Co. was an important supplier of many different media technologies.

The firm built its name making products such as a rotary framer on 35mm film projectors in 1907 a 35mm film perforator in 1908
Professional 35mm motion-picture film cameras from 1909 on
Printing equipment used by motion-picture film laboratories since 1911
The Standard Cinematograph Type 2709 hand-cranked camera (used in early silent films, it was so expensive that only Charlie Chaplin and three other people owned one [1]. The rest were owned by studios)
Newsreel and amateur film cameras such as the Filmo (end of 1923) and Eyemo (1925), and Autoload EE (1956)
Military 16mm film gun camera TYPE N-6A
Regular-8 and Super-8 film cameras and projectors (all models)
16mm silent and sound projectors (all models)
Slide projectors (2" X 2")
Overhead presentation projectors (all models)
The firm dropped the production of movie cameras in the early 1970s.

Bell & Howell has been the leading supplier of media equipment for schools and offices. The film laboratory line is now a separate company, BHP Inc, which is a division of Research Technology International.

The firm added microfilm products in 1946. It purchased University Microfilms International in the 1980's. UMI produced a product called ProQuest. On June 6, 2001 Bell & Howell became ProQuest Company (NYSE "PQE").

Over the coming weeks these cameras will be put into action and tested to the max before the Super 8 film is sent away for developing. It is only then that I will be able to see the outcome of my experimenting - I am then hoping to cut and splice the film before digitising and adding even more abstract images and text over it.

Should be fun and I am really looking forward to getting "Stuck-in" to the project fully.

Watch this space for more updates as the project progresses.

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