Éclair NPR 16mm cine camera

1967 in France

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Eclair NPR 16mm cine camera, 1967
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Eclair 16 NPR cine camera. 16mm Eclair camera body, camera No CJ77, Serial Number 3779; with Perfectone Compact motor attached, Serial Number 7691; 400 foot film magazine CJ80; eyepiece right angle viewfinder Serial Number 1209; Angenieux 12-120 zoom lens Type 10x12B 12mm f/12, by P Angenieux, Paris, Serial No 141235, with on-board fluid attachment; Cooke Kinetal 9mm f/1.9 wide angle lens, Serial Number 747284, by Taylor, Taylor & Hobson; 25mm Bell & Howell Angenieux fast lens Serial Number 1307829; Tiffen professional lens shade/filter holder, No 1 Diopter, No 85 filter, zoom bars, fuses. Finder Serial No 1209, lens Serial No 1412315, collar No 12A, A Chroszle, Munich, Serial No 3742.

The NPR 16mm cine camera was made by Éclair in France, 1967.

NPR stands for noiseless portable reflex. As the NPR was so quiet and portable, it was often used for documentary films, and was an important part of the ‘Cinema Verite’ movement in France. The NPR and its successor the ACL both featured a magazine design that allowed for instant re-loading, a design that has since become a standard feature on modern film cameras.


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glass, rubber (unidentified), steel (metal), wood (unidentified)
cine camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
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