One of my most prized, obsolete possessions is a Beaulieu S2008 Super 8 motion picture camera. I’ve owned this camera for over twenty years without using it to shoot a single frame of film. I purchased it in the 90s from the original owner who advised me to replace the decaying battery. After costing out my options, I discovered that a replacement battery would cost more than the camera was worth. As it were, I’ve held onto the non functional camera as evidence of an era when film and motion picture cameras were designed to be both functional, durable and beautiful. In researching my own camera, I discovered all sorts of terrific print ephemera on ebay including operating manuals, lens boxes and magazine ads. I’m posting a few of my favorite examples plus hero shots of several stunning Beaulieu motion picture camera models.
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Here are some analog items that I wish I were buying as gifts (or, in a true Christmas miracle, unwrapping myself). Since many of these artifacts are out of production or difficult to source, I recommend that you print out the images below and create your own wishful tree ornaments.
Here’s your chance to bid on a Brooks-Veriwide, one of my favorite, medium format, panoramic cameras. Manufactured in Japan under license from Graflex, the Veriwide takes stunning, wide angle, 6 x 9 images. Even though I’ve moved to near all digital photography, I still shop for these older, rare bird cameras via ebay. I dream of the day that affordable digital backs or iPhone mounts become available for classic camera. For now, I’ll capture and record images of the Veriwide itself so we can appreciate what we’re missing:
Last weekend we were honored with a visit from the Japanese “hi-style” magazine HUGE. HUGE is doing a feature on Oregon manufacturers and we were pleased that they included Archival in their itinerary. On Sunday, the HUGE team visited our sewing contractor’s facility in Springfield to get some live action snaps of Terry at work.
It was a pleasure to watch Nick, a professional photographer, at work. Here he is taking light meter readings before shooting Terry. I love that Nick shoots on film.
Checking Polaroids of me. I’m posing in front of a Quonset hut.
As a follow up to my post on film cameras, here are a few archival accessories to complete your kit.
Calumet protective wrap. Great, less structured approach to transporting equipment
My Billingham insert and camera bag. Too much leather trim for my taste but made from best quality materials. I’ve moved the insert over to my Archival Field Bag
Photographer friend Rick has proposed we that we shoot film exclusively this summer. Given my refrigerated stockpile of 35mm and 120 roll film, I’m accepting this challenge w/the caveat that bike, blog and product photography will still be done digitally. In prep for the summer, I’m browsing the pages of the 1995 Camera World catalog for a new camera (you always need a new one). Most of the cameras here are aspirational models (compact, complicated point and shoots or expensive rangefinders) that I admired but could never afford. Although the flagship Camera World store has been bought out, I’m hoping the customer service folks will honor the original published prices and deliver my equipment in time for the June project start.
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