Photo by Magpie
This is a photo of an old Bell and Howell 8mm movie camera similar to the one my Dad got shortly before I was born. Because of this there are many home movies taken of me between birth and 5 years old when we stopped using it so much (I'm not sure why). In fact, my relatives joke that they can watch the movies (since transferred to DVD and narrated by my oldest sister and my Mom) and play a drinking game called "There's Tracy".
I don't know what happened to the original camera, but I bought this one on eBay several years ago to add to my camera collection. We also had a projector, and floodlights (yes, they were called floodlights) that mounted on a bar across the camera and were so bright they could rival any of the lights on a movie set.
A little trivia about Bell and Howell:
- It was a Bell & Howell 8mm camera (though not this model) that was used by Abraham Zapruder to capture the famed footage of the assassination of President John F Kennedy.
- Charles H. Percy, Republican senator from Illinois from 1967 to 1985 was chairman of the board between 1949 and 1964.
- Bell and Howell designed the first all metal camera which was introduced in 1912.
- In the early 1900s, its development of equipment addressed the two most important problems plaguing the movie industry at the time: flickering and standardization.
- During World War II, Bell and Howell developed the gun camera used to assess the accuracy of machine guns, the retriflector sight used in B-29 bombers, the flight simulator employed in training pilots, bombardiers, and navigators to use radar, and an adaptation of the Eyemo camera for military purposes.
- In 1951, Bell and Howell was awarded its first Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for technical achievement. Four years later, the 16mm Filmo 70 camera was adapted for Admiral Richard E. Byrd's journey to the South Pole. Other developments included the electric eye camera in 1956 and the first zoom lens to fit 8mm projectors in 1957.
By the way, I don't know if it's polite to ask other photo bloggers about their gear or not. For me, nothing fancy. I use any of three cameras right now : a Nikon D40, a Canon SX20, and a Canon S90.
What about you?
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