carlmaloschneider 11:45am, 25 June 2009
n8photo1's post prompted me to post this:

The other day I was watching old 8mm silent movies on the old projector I got from *bay. I was watching 'Destination Moon' (circa 1950 possibly, although all the references I can find cite the colour version), and noticed one of the astronauts using a Rolei (not sure if a 'cord or 'flex). My son and I get quite excited when we see a Rollei in a movie, just thought I'd share this, that's all...
Nesster PRO 9 years ago
Yes! The old James Bond movies have some nice cameras... in From Russia with Love he has a trick Rollei with a miniature tape recorder in it. And don't forget Funny Face - Astaire as Avedon with a couple of Rolleis and a big view camera.
Fred Astaire - Funny Face

The Big Sleep (Bogart) has a beautiful Zeiss Super Ikonta hidden in a pedestal.
PhotoShop Guru PRO 9 years ago
I try to identify cameras and even flashes when I can on DVDs, but often the image isn't clear enough, or too much of the camera is blocked or shaded. I like to see if they are using the correct vintage in period films. But for historically accurate cameras in film, nothing beats The Public Eye, loosely based on the life of Arthur Fellig and other 40's press photographers. Lots of cool gear. I lived in California when this was released, and was told by Fred Long, who used to run the camera swap at the Alameda Hotel, that Fred supplied the lab gear in Joe Pesci's trunk.
Gary Hubbs | The Scale Gallery Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Gary Hubbs | The Scale Gallery (member) 9 years ago
Speaking of Weegee, I think the Graflex and other similar-looking cameras (outfitted with flash, of course) have appeared in more movies than I can remember. A favourite with prop people, classic camera.
PhotoShop Guru PRO 9 years ago
I always think of the "star" of "Call Northside 777" as the unseen press camera that shot the 4x5 negative, which . . . oh, that would give it away.

I've also been watching Charles Bronson's 1950s TV show "Man with a Camera" on DVD (from Netflix). Mostly, he uses a Super Speed Graphic with Grafmatic holder, Leica M3, sometimes a Rollei, Minox, or a camera disguised as a cigarette lighter. Someone showed him how to look as though he knew what he was doing.
Chet4 9 years ago
In Martin Scorse's Raging Bull (1980) various press cameras Graphlex are a sort of signature for all the movie

But speaking about vintage cameras in movies, what immediatly comes in my mind is James Stewart in Rear Window, by Alfred Hitchcock, with his primitive reflex. May be it's an Exakta but I'm not shure

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n8photo1 9 years ago
yeah I've always wondered what camera jimmy stewart had

heres another discussion that might be helpful
Kema Keur Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Kema Keur (member) 8 years ago
I also have started trying to recognize cameras in every movies, especially in classics and period pieces. Last one was "Avanti" with Jack Lemmon, italian guy was telling him about the Polaroids (spoiler) advantage in blackmailing(No negatives!), funny. Then we see a 300 series Land camera when he is spying.(spoiler) La Dolce Vita has many good cameras in it as I remember, and there is Palermo Shooting with Plaubel Makina.
n8photo1 9 years ago
I wonder what that SLR that rebert de niro used in "heat" when he is up on the crane taking pictures of the cops
Chet4 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Chet4 (member) 9 years ago
Yeah, La Dolce Vita is full of Rolleiflex and Graphlex

interesting to note that the word Paparazzo comes from the name of one of the characters (a news photographer) in this movie.

Another nice movie with a very interesting camera is Roman Holiday (1953) by William Wyler
were is possible to see a miniature cigarette lighter/camera, the Echo 8
Airchinapilot PRO 9 years ago
Re: Read Window: A thread on it.
Airchinapilot PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Airchinapilot (member) 9 years ago
To add to this thread, in the recent movie "The Sparrow" about a Hong Kong pickpocket and his crew, he uses a Rolleiflex in his hobby.

You can see Simon Yam using it in the trailer (halfway through)

Looked really nice; almost made me want to go out and get one.

Good movie too!
antiuser 9 years ago
Gwyneth Paltrow in "Sky Captain" uses an Argus C3
Neil Kesterson 9 years ago
I love trying to figure out the cameras they use in the old movies and TV shows. In the Rear Window discussion link, they talk about how he is holding it wrong. I'm a trombone player, and it drives me mad to see actors holding the trombone wrong (it's very specific with the index finger pointing up resting on the mouthpiece). Jimmy Stewart is resting his middle finger on the shutter button - yikes!

Did anyone notice the old Nikons they used in the HBO series "The Wire"? It actually makes sense because of gov't agencies holding onto equipment for as long as they can. Anybody know if police agencies still use 20-30-year-old cameras?
n8photo1 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by n8photo1 (member) 9 years ago
oh oh oh,
this would not be movie but, does anybody know the camera Magnum P.I. is always using? I know its a nikon and it was really fancy at the time
Билл 9 years ago
That Jimmy Stewart still is left/right reversed. The release is that little round thing on the FRONT of the camera. It is actually on the photographer's left side.
n8photo1 9 years ago
does anybody know what camera peter parker was using when he gets bit by the spider in the first spider man?
Airchinapilot PRO 9 years ago
kestersonn, I'm a big fan of the Wire but never really paid attention to their cameras. I just remember that they are so hard up that when one of them lost a video camera it was a big thing in his career.
.suh-lest. PRO 9 years ago
in the movie he's just not that into you there is a slew of vintage cameras that make their appearance for a good 2 seconds, what they are i have yet to identify
carlmaloschneider Posted 9 years ago. Edited by carlmaloschneider (member) 9 years ago
This is a picture of the camera I was making reference to:
TLR in 8mm Silent Film, 'Destination Moon' by carlmaloschneider

I don't think it's a Rollei now, maybe a Seagull?
The emblem on the hood looks wrong...
antiuser 9 years ago
The main character in "City of God" gets a Kodak Retina Reflex III from a drug dealer, then upgrades to a Nikon F.
parsimonious connection [deleted] 9 years ago
I understand that Pecker has a Canonet in Pecker.
earthy turkey [deleted] 9 years ago
Destination Moon: Might be a Kodak with geared lenses?
carlmaloschneider 9 years ago
Hi anachronist_user, I agree, looks like a Kodak reflex 1a possibly:
Chet4 9 years ago
In Apollo 13 the Hasselblad was the right one
Kema Keur Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Kema Keur (member) 9 years ago
OK I will be compiling these from time to time, first one Argus C series camera from "Philadelphia Story"

Andre Easter 9 years ago
Best movie showing a lot of vintage cameras; TLRs, Crown Graphics, etc.?

Try watching "The Notorious Bettie Page"
obi1kenobi1 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by obi1kenobi1 (member) 9 years ago
Road to Perdition is a great movie for vintage cameras. Specifically, the main villain, a hit man/photographer who likes to take pictures of dead people, is constantly carrying around his Graflex {mumble} Graphic (I'm not sure which one it is).

And, while not necessarily vintage, the cameras in 1997's The Fifth Element (which takes place in 2263) seem to be nothing more than external flashes, which I assume is a joke about cameras getting smaller and smaller.
Arkku PRO 9 years ago
re. Road to Perdition, it's a Speed Graphic, and yes, featured quite prominently. =)
Voxphoto PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Voxphoto (member) 9 years ago
Try watching "The Notorious Bettie Page"

Well, I almost mentioned that film... but despite being filled with vintage cameras, it got so much wrong that I found it infuriating. Anachronistic cameras. Camera-club geeks shooting indoors with Brownies. Not advancing between shots. Someone's even holding a stereo camera vertically.

But then I'd need to admit I was the guy who watched that movie and freeze-framed to look at cameras. And that would be too embarrassing.
obi1kenobi1 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by obi1kenobi1 (member) 9 years ago
Speaking of problems, the one problem I had with Road to Perdition was a scene where the villain uses the focusing screen on the Speed Graphic, but in the very next shot the screen is closed and the film is in the camera. At least they knew the screen would be closed to take a picture, but in my experience it takes more than a split second to load film into a press camera...
Ilaria ♠ 9 years ago

Blow up, Nikon F.
Chet4 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Chet4 (member) 9 years ago
James Mason in 5 fingers (1952) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz uses a pre-war Leica model with 50/3.5 Elmar and a 100w light bulb to copy secret documents.
PhotoShop Guru PRO 8 years ago
Last night, we watched "A Lady Takes a Chance," on DVD, starring Jean Arthur and John Wayne. It's a 1943 film, but the story is supposed to be 1938. Jean takes a tour bus to the "West." She snaps shots with an an Argus A3, which was introduced in 1940. It's has a really cool streamlined look.

We once tried to watch "The Notorious Bettie Page," but it was such a badly done film, with awful dialog and acting, that I never got to see all the cameras. I think we watched less than 10 minutes.
Infamous(2006). The is an Argus C3 atop a dresser in the bedroom of Kenyon Clutter.
guruveee Posted 8 years ago. Edited by guruveee (member) 8 years ago
How about the Dennis Hopper Nikons in "Apocalypse Now"?
geowelch PRO 8 years ago
Clint Eastwood's collection of Nikons in "Bridges of Madison County", and Russel Crowe's Pentax Spotmatic in "American Gangster".
obi1kenobi1 8 years ago
I just got around to watching an episode of New Amsterdam, a short lived Fox TV show about a New York police officer who is 400 years old, and one of the plot points involved him using an antique wooden large format camera (I assume it was glass plate) to take a picture of Times Square, which he had done every few years since the late 1800s (they even show all of the pictures on his wall at one point).
keltic_tom 8 years ago
The Vietnam movies are loaded with the Nikon F with a few Yashica TLRs tossed in for good luck.
The other day on TMC i watcher the 1939 movie "Everybody's Hobby" it was a smpile movie about a newspaper man and his family .. hisson is into Ham radio and he is given a camera by his lodge .. thecamera is a Univex Mercury and had with it a flash and a telephoto lens .. the man quits his job and goes camping with his son and their hobbies. a forest fire almost destroys the camp ground but the pre set nature camera catches the arsonist red handed ..

I love the Mercury camera .. it had a strange round spring shutter that spun around like fan infront of the focal plane .. here is my Merc..

Univex Mercury Camera

if you get a chance to see the movie the camera is seen several times almost like the camera company paid for the placement of the gear in a few scenes and they may have .. who knows !
SQUIRREL400 - Posted 8 years ago. Edited by SQUIRREL400 - (member) 8 years ago
another movie camera is the Argus C3 Matchmatic used in the Harry Potter movies ..

ARGUS C3 matchmatic  - a squirrels best friend
here is my Argus C3
or you can click here to see a still from the movie
Билл 8 years ago
I think I spotted a Retina and an Olympus XA in "Four Weddings and a Funeral".
Wayne Stevenson PRO 8 years ago
In the first few Batman movies, I seem to recall them using some old press cameras.
Билл 8 years ago
Colombo episode "Dagger of the Mind" 1972. Colombo's camera is an Argus C3.
waex99 PRO 8 years ago
I recently watch "Le mans" with Steve McQueen, and it's a real treat it you fancy picking up the cameras shown in a movie. Countless versions of Nikon F's, a few Leicas here and there and I think I recognised a Hasselblad somewhere towards the end of the movie
Nesster PRO 8 years ago
Natalie Portman, in Where the Heart Is, becomes a photographer, using a Rolleiflex
Jeroenc71 8 years ago
I've been seeing a lot of the Fringe TV-show lately.
In episode 19 of the 2nd season someone asks for an Argus A2B 35mm.
Jeroenc71, I caught that too. While watching that episode my wife asked what an A2B was and I just pointed to a shelf. :-)
Билл 8 years ago
Rocketship XM (1950) This clip, about 6:00... is that a Leica II?
H*B PRO 8 years ago
In the original Omen film David Warner uses a Nikon F2 Photomic. It's why I never develop my own F2 negatives!

Austin Powers seems to always use the F. I guess Magnum would have used an F3??
Charles H. 8 years ago
Some time ago I saw a James Cagney movie called Picture Snatcher, where he plays a crook turned photographer for a cheap gossip tabloid. A cheap gossip tabloid that gives him a brand new Leica!

I also remember a scene in the original A Star Is Born where Fredric March gets fed up with a news photographer and smashes his Speed Graphic. That is after saying something along the lines of "I'll shove that number 2 brownie down your throat!".

(P.S. - Hello, I'm new 'round here!)
Kiana Nylon 8 years ago
This isn't a movie, but there is a great Elvis photo from the 50's where the audience is composed of teenage girls, all with plastic 120 film cameras. The cameras were given out beforehand.
kitsaplorax 8 years ago
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" had at least one scene with a lot of press cameras.
LNorrisPhotography 8 years ago
Anyone know what the little 35mm camera jude law is loading in the diner in Road To Perdition?
PhotoShop Guru PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by PhotoShop Guru (member) 8 years ago
I just checked, I think this is the scene:

It's not 35mm, it's a roll-film camera, probably 120 or 620, possibly a folding Kodak like a Six-20 Junior. Couldn't really see it too well at this resolution, and he doesn't open the front of the camera. I suppose it could be an 828 Vest Pocket Kodak, but it looks too large.
Nicholas Middleton PRO 8 years ago
Love that fake added-on winding noise.
Meleager PRO 8 years ago
It's obviously a medium format folder, and a roll film camera, because he loads it with roll fill right in front of us, but it's bogus. He doesn't switch the empty donor spool and put it in the takeup position, he doesn't thread the end of the paper through the takeup spool, and he doesn't look at the markings on the paper to see whether he has correcetly lined up his first shot.
LNorrisPhotography 8 years ago
Cool, cheers for that, as much as it would be nice to see them loading cameras properly in films i get the feeling that it may interrupt the flow, and lets be honest most people wouldn't notice. Although i'm fairly new to roll film and... well, anything older than a Vitomatic. my weapon of choice most days is an FT3, nice and simple.
PhotoShop Guru PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by PhotoShop Guru (member) 8 years ago
I noticed that he had no clue how to actually load it, but it probably is a real camera of some kind. Chalk it up to not having any competent technical advisor on the set. I see this all the time with at least 3 things with which I ma familiar: cameras, firearms, and printing presses. I was watching a Highway Patrol episode from the 1950s, and someone was making counterfit car registration certificates with a toy press that uses little rubber letters. I had the same press, around the time that episode originally aired. When they show counterfitting of US $, they would never show the correct press, which is probably something the Treasury would disapprove. In "Catch Me if You Can," Frank is running a huge multi-head press suitable for books, posters, or maps to print individual checks. Nonsense.

Firearm and camera use on TV and in motion pictures is usually radically separate from reality, especially laws of physics.How many old-time photographers have you seen in films, who put a sheet-film holder in a view camera, then look under the dark cloth "through" the camera when making the exposure?
Neil Kesterson 8 years ago
He's obviously loaded it umpteen times because the leader is all wrinkled. Probably shot several takes because he's never loaded a camera like this before.

I'm a sound designer for films among other things. We often don't use the actual sound because it's, frankly, boring. This sounds like an old metal wind up toy sound. Or possibly rubbing a nail across the grill of a flour sifter. Who knows, but it adds sparkle to the movie. It would sound lifeless if there was no wind up sound. The designers probably debated that for 15 minutes, then took another 30 minutes to find the right sound, then another 20 or 30 to foley it in, plus another 20 to adjust the timing, edit it, and equalize and level it. All that for a "wrong" sound. There is so much poetic license with everything in movies that it's really a game to find out what they did "right" instead of what they did "wrong."
Magnety Marelly 7 years ago
NAH-NAW 7 years ago
Chet4 Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Chet4 (member) 7 years ago
Hard to say, but it looks like a Nikon FM, FE, FM2 or FE2. maybe even a Nikkormat.
nikon fm Nikon FM2 Nikon FE and its Nikkor 50 F1.8 Nikon FE2 front Nikon FM2n Nikkormat EL
Kema Keur Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Kema Keur (member) 7 years ago
looks like Asahi Pentax Spotmatic to me and the film is Napoleon Dynamite : )
edjpgcom Posted 7 years ago. Edited by edjpgcom (member) 7 years ago
My guess for NAH-NAW is the Canon AE-1 (or AT-1) with original auto-winder: the vertical line of the left (right side of the camera) is a reflection off the battery door lip. If you look closely, you can also see some extra chrome stacking right where an AE-1 shutter dial would live. The prism profile is also correct for that camera. And finally the autowinder rules out Spotmatics and most Nikkormats. Since the winder lacks a grip, also the FM/FE series.. (BTW, Nikons and Pentax Spotmatics also tend to have black rewind knobs and/or shutter dials.)
rollmastr 7 years ago
The flash also looks like my Canon 133A
PhotoShop Guru PRO 7 years ago
Watched "You Know My Name" last night on a DVD. It's a 1999 Sam Elliott film based on the life of legendary lawman Bill Tilghman (probably made for cable TV). At 00:10:14, a camera sits on a trunk behind 2 actors conversing. The scene takes place in 1924. The camera is a top RF Pacemaker Speed or Crown Graphic with a 3-cell battery case and 5" flash reflector.

The Pacemaker Graphics were introduced in 1947 and top RF added in 1955. The 5" reflector is for "midget" bulbs, which were introduced some time after wire-filled bulbs were first offered in 1936, and the first foil-filled bulbs were offered in 1928. The camera is beyond DOF, so the lens & shutter aren't discernible, but it is a rim-set shutter like a Rapax or Graphex, as you'd expect on a 50s Graphic.

The night before, we watched an episode of Poirot on Masterpiece Mystery. A crime-scene photographer used a correct-for-period pre-anniversary Graphic. It was only seen briefly and looking over the shoulder of the photographer, but it was identifiable by the shape of the black wire sport finder.
PhotoShop Guru PRO 7 years ago
Back to the OP question of Destination Moon: I don't think that's a geared lens Kodak Reflex. It looks like a moving lens plate. The Kodak Reflex has a raised circle on the VF cover like the one in the clip, but it does not connect to the sides with the cross segments that appear to be on the camera in the clip. The Kodak has a flash connection on the (user's) left side near the vertical center, but this one has something level with the taking lens. That VF cover looks familiar, but it isn't like an early Rollei.

The Kodak Reflex II has a small red circle Kodak emblem in the center of a flat panel on the VF hood.

Here's a shot I found of a Kodak Reflex I from a similar angle: contest/Kodak Reflex web.jpg
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