Category: camera

TV goes to space on the cover of Tekhnika Molo…

TV goes to space on the cover of Tekhnika Molodezhi, July 1954.

A telescopic tracking camera follows the fligh…

A telescopic tracking camera follows the flight path of Apollo 8 as it hurtles toward space, December 21, 1968. (Stellar Views)

An Apollo 11 lunar television camera displayed…

An Apollo 11 lunar television camera displayed by Stan Lebar, leader of the Westinghouse team that developed it.

Gerda Maurus in a still for Woman in the Moon …

Gerda Maurus in a still for Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond), 1929.

BIG-ASS SPACE CAMERA: Astronaut David Hilmers …

BIG-ASS SPACE CAMERA: Astronaut David Hilmers with the large-format AERO LINHOF camera on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, March 3, 1990. (NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin train…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin trains to be the first human in space, February 18, 1960.

DATA ACQUISITION CAMERA – 16mm film camera use…

DATA ACQUISITION CAMERA – 16mm film camera used during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969, both inside the lunar module and on the surface of the Moon. It was mounted in a window of the lunar module to record the astronauts’ activities on the lunar surface. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)

You wouldn’t happen to have any Kodak disc film lying around, would you?

Not unused, no. I may have one disc that has been used, but somehow I haven’t come across that many negatives. Disc cameras, all the time, they were quite popular, but the disc negatives I see rarely.

The Handle 2 camera, another doomed Kodak instant, 1979.

The Handle 2 camera, another doomed Kodak instant, 1979.

This 1970s Synchronex Super 8 movie camera once belonged to my…

This 1970s Synchronex Super 8 movie camera once belonged to my grandfather. It still works, and I recently used it to shoot some film. It came with this cassette deck that recorded audio synchronized with the picture. The cassette would then be sent in with the film for processing, and the audio track would be copied onto a magnetic strip at the edge of the film. Unfortunately, no film-processing company still offers this service. It’s still a good Super 8 camera though!

That’s a pretty cool (if convoluted) way of getting the audio track on an 8mm film, but this would allow better miking/recording of the audio than relying on the condenser microphone or ‘overhead’ small boom microphone other movie cameras had next to the lens.