Bell and Howell 2709 Model B 35mm cine camera

c. 1912 in Chicago
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Bell & Howell Model B 35mm cine camera
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Bell & Howell 2709 cine camera, Model B. Standard Cinemachinery 35mm cine camera. With 4 lens turret, (original lenses are missing (fitted with lens Astro lens 1990-5036/3197). Gate and claw intermittent mechanism missing. Single sprocket. External magazines (2) 400 foot. Hand turned (handle missing), 8 and 1 frame shafts. Variable shutter 170 - 0 degrees. Preset or operated continuously by lever and gear attachment (missing). Rotary footage counter. Critical focuser. Ground glass insert behind turret, opposite taking lens. Thin slot for masks before gate. Shoe for viewfinder. Patents Sept 17 1912 and Feb 13 1917, no 5687. Serial No 932. Originally sold to the Ruby Camera Exchange in New York on 31 August 1929. Has ultra speed movement number 282 in it, which usually meant it was to be used for some kind of instrumentation as it would shoot slow motion images.

Bell & Howell Model B 35mm cine camera, made in the United States, launched in 1912.

The Model B has a four lens turret and a one piece external double magazine. The Model B was a studio camera; it remained in use for many years, with only minor alterations to its design.


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brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, steel (metal), white metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
cine camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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