Debrie Sept 35mm cine camera

1921 in Paris
Etablissements André Debrie

Debrie Sept 35mm cine camera with lens and clockwork drive motor attachment [early, square version], serial number 03393. With f3.5 50mm Berthiot stellor lens, no. 102031

Debrie Sept 35mm cine camera, made by André Debrie in 1921.

The Debrie Sept could be used to take still pictures as well as cine sequences. It could also be used as a movie projector or enlarger with the addition of a lamp house, and a printer. The chase sequence in ‘Robin Hood’ (Douglas Fairbanks, 1922) was shot using a Debrie Sept.

The camera used 35mm film sold in five metre rolls, sufficient only for 17 seconds’ filming. The film containers have light traps opened from the camera exterior. It has a detachable clockwork motor unit, square-ended, that drives an intermittent sprocket transport. The camera has a Zeiss Tessar f/3.5-32 50mm lens in a focussing helical threaded mount.


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cine camera
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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