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Welcome to cinematographica.com. My vintage cine camera collection mainly focuses on 8mm & 16mm movie cameras from the 1920s to 1960s. I have tried to present each vintage cine camera with large detailed images to allow the viewer a worthy impression of some of the fine craftsmanship exhibited in these mechanical machines. These are the movie cameras that captured everyday life throughout the world, an invention that was awe-inspiring for an audience first learning to see life at 16 or 24 frames per second.

The underpinnings of my appreciation for cine cameras is mostly due to my career working as a cinematographer / filmmaker. Depending upon the job, I filmed with either an Arriflex 16S, Bolex H16, Arri III, Mitchell GC or Fries / Mitchell camera (though for the past 10 years I have only used digital HD cameras). For many international shoots, my dependable Bolex H16 never failed even in extreme weather environments - like minus 30 degrees below zero - while filming steam trains amongst the winter landscape of Inner Mongolia, China.

My other collection interest is old vintage 8mm & 16mm Home Movies. I collect reels of films that showcase America, Europe or Asia imagery from the 1920s to 1960s. The old vintage film reels are a growing part of my cinematographica collection.

One of the best informational resources for the aspiring movie camera collector is Jurgen Lossau's book titled "Movie Cameras: The Definitive International Guide." It is a beautiful book full of photos of vintage cine cameras along with some historical information about the movie camera manufacturers who built them.

Thanks for visiting.

Craig McCourry
Cinematographer / Filmmaker
Hong Kong

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Email: Craig@McCourry.com

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