Szczepanik Colour Camera

Made:
1925 in Rathenow
maker:
Emil Busch AG

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Szczepanik colour camera, 1925. Busch, Rathenow. For 35mm film in Parvo-type internal magazines with crank handle. Belt of 18 small lenses with red, green and blue filters on moving belt; indivisual iris settings (f/2.5 - f/8). Band turned; folding optical frame finder; film speed dial 0-50 frames per second. Meter indicator 0-120mm. Through-film critical focusing.

In this system, the film is moved through the camera continuously (rather than intermittently) being exposed through a series of 18 lenses carried on an endless belt moving in sync with the film. these lenses were fitted in sequence with red, green and blue filters. The projector had a similar arrangement of lenses so that the image on the screen was made up of superimposed red, green and blue pictures. Reports of the demonstrations said that the films showed inferior definition, flicker and poor colour balance. The process had no commercial success.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1990-5036/7855
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, leather, metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
deployed: 243 mm x 250 mm x 390 mm,
type:
motion picture camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • cine camera
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford