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Motion picture camera, J.M. Wall 35mm Model 7 Motorized Sound-on-Film Camera, 1931

Description
The camera has a side viewfinder and a 400' magazine. The camera is displayed on an NBC/Akeley Gyro tripod The camera comes with four lenses: a Bausch & Lomb 30 mm f2.3 with the serial number 3247168; a lens with the serial number 3234868; a Taylor-Hobson Cooke 3" f2.5 with the serial number 189623; and a Taylor-Hobson Cooke 40mm f2 with the serial number 174307.

Historical note
This single-system sound camera was designed to record the track directly on the original camera negative during photography, eliminating the need for a separate piece of sound recording apparatus. Cumbersome and not very maneuverable, it was used for newsreel photography of static events, such as press conferences and congressional hearings, and was a favorite of early television news crews.

Accession number
1985.032.0014

Artist(s) / maker(s)
J.M. Wall Machine co.

Material
Metal, glass

Donor credit
Gift of the Klein Family in memory of David Klein

Location
On view in Behind the Screen

 

Motion picture camera, J.M. Wall 35mm Model 7 Motorized Sound-on-Film Camera, 1931

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