Debrie Sept 35mm cine camera

Made:
1921 in Paris
maker:
Etablissements André Debrie

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Debrie Sept 35mm Camera
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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Debrie Sept 35mm Camera, 1921
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Debrie Sept cine camera for 35mm film in 10' loading chargers. Fitted with a Paris 'Huet' lens F: 5cm f/ 3.5-32, Serial No 1825, Detachable clockwork motor, rounded case, 'normal' and 'rapid' speed. With provision for single exposure T/I. Brilliant reflex finder. Front lens slides out to form optical frame finder. Helical focusing mount. Intermittent front sprocket drive. Light trapped slits for use as printer/ projector. Frame counter. Serial No E 00423. Andre Debrie. French Patent 2 June 1919. In lined case with four spare chargers.

Debrie Sept 35mm cine camera, made by André Debrie in 1921.

Fitted with a Paris 'Huet' lens F: 5cm f/ 3.5-32, Serial No 1825, Detachable clockwork motor, rounded case, 'normal' and 'rapid' speed. With provision for single exposure T/I. Brilliant reflex finder. Front lens slides out to form optical frame finder. Helical focusing mount. Intermittent front sprocket drive. Light trapped slits for use as printer/ projector. Frame counter. Serial No E 00423. Andre Debrie. French Patent 2 June 1919. In lined case with four spare chargers.

The Debrie Sept could be used to take still pictures as well as cine sequences. It could also be used as a movie projector or enlarger with the addition of a lamp house, and a printer. The chase sequence in ‘Robin Hood’ (Douglas Fairbanks, 1922) was shot using a Debrie Sept.

The camera used 35mm film sold in five metre rolls, sufficient only for 17 seconds’ filming. The film containers have light traps opened from the camera exterior. It has a detachable clockwork motor unit, square-ended, that drives an intermittent sprocket transport. The camera has a Zeiss Tessar f/3.5-32 50mm lens in a focussing helical threaded mount.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1990-5036/3167
Materials:
glass, leather, metal (unknown)
type:
cine camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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