Akeley cine camera

Made:
1917 in United States
inventor:
Carl Akeley
maker:
Akeley Camera Company

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Akeley 35mm Cine Camera
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Akeley 35mm Cine Camera
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Akeley 35mm cine camera with tripod and panning head, Akeley Camera Co, No 84, 1917.

Akeley 35mm cine camera with tripod and panning head, invented by Carl Akeley (1864-1926), curator of the American Museum of Natural History, c. 1920.

Akeley cameras were often used for sporting events and documentary films, notably Robert Flaherty's 'Nanook of the North' (1922). The film was contained in a single magazine inside the camera. The shutter was cylindrical and ran round the inside of the body's circumference. The telescope viewfinder could be adjusted to any angle allowing the cameraman to follow rapid action easily, regardless of the tilt of the camera.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1962-5
Materials:
aluminium (metal), brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, rubber (unidentified), steel (metal)
type:
cine camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
credit:
Gift of E M Wayand
status:
Permanent collection

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