Old Cameras in Old Movies

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  1. AgX

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    "Der Baulöwe" (The Building Tycoon) , GDR , 1980

    A satire on building a private weekend house in a planned economy. As a running gag throughout the movie the protagonist uses his camera to document his effeorts. In the end it turns out that the shutter of his Exa had failed. And only the very first exposure, a self portrait even with the tripod falling over, was usable.

     
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    I’ve always wondered what the camera was in Romary's Baby, operated by the Japanese satanist:

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    Topcon?
     
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    I think the shape of the pentaprism is wrong.
     
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    I think that top is wrong for the Topcon.
     
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    It looks like an early Asahi Pentax to me. That prism housing shape is unmistakeable. As for which version, it has a black anodised rewind knob and there doesn't seem to be a slow speed dial on the front. Those factors would rule out the first three models - the original Pentax (aka the AP) the S and the K. It could be an S1 or S2 with a (semi-automatic) Auto-Takumar lens as his thumb might just be resting on the cocking lever. That would make it c1959-62 vintage.
     
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    I think you are right, he appears to be simultaneously advancing the film (right thumb) and opening the diaphragm (left thumb).
    I use an H1a with a 55 f:2.2 Auto Takumar.
     
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    Under the presumption that the actor/figurant knew what he was doing...
     
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    Yes, that would be exceptional.
     
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    I've tuned in to a few of the episodes on Netflicks, and I really enjoy what I've seen so far.
    One of the really nice ideas that I see on the show, is that Kovak ( Bronson) carries his 35mm RF on a belt clip sort of thing, very handy and quick.
    I've never see anything like that, to carry a normal-sized camera, but I'd really like to try one out.

    Any ideas about what it is(was), or is it just a movie gimmick (tout arrange par l'homme des vues) ?
     
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    Much later belt pouches were a part of the camera kits of 35mm compacts. But you are referring to earlier times and a clip that is fixed to the camera directly.
    A still from that series would be nice.
     
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    Murnau's 1927 movie "Sunrise: a Song of two Humans" has a long scene set in a photographer's portrait studio with a large format camera. Great movie with Janet Gaynor who is incredible.
     
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    Have a friend who once owned an Exa like that except even the first exposure was always bad also...........Regatrds!
     
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    And here I have been thinking that "sharf" meant "hot" like red peppers are "sharf".......Regards!
     
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    She seems to be using a nice Swiss made Bolex H16......Regards!
     
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    AgX, I don't see anything in the picture that was made by Leitz/Leica, do you? Maybe the picture was made with a Leica........Regards!
     
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    Looks to me like an old German made Kodak or Voigtlander buried in all that wood!.......Regards!
     
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    I can hear it now! "Here, Mr. Wayne, take this camera and sit in the car so we can get a "still". Thank you". What makes anyone think he was anything more than an "paid" actor in that series.? The "lead", sure but still taking orders from a director or the "front office".............Regards!
     
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    Kodak Instamatic 704

    (I found that interesting as I was not aware of that model series, as german made Instamatics are different from the US ones.)

    "It takes a Thief" episode 1/14 , 1968 , US tv spy-serie
    And that Instamatic is used for spying.

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    Belt clips were available as aftermarket accessories in the 70's commonly made from stainless steel
     
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    Not here.
     
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    I've got a vintage one. USA made. A plate bolts to the underside of the camera using the tripod thread and a retractable wire yo yo on a bracket fixes to your belt where the camera is stored
     
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    But such is not belt holder, but a security line attached to the belt.
     
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    I'll put up a picture to show what it looks like in the next few days. Don't have the item with me, it's 80 miles away!
     
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