7Film Cameras

As an Assistant Cameraman you will be working with many different film camera systems throughout your career. You should be familiar with as many different cameras as possible. This chapter contains basic information, such as format, magazine sizes, and simple line drawings of the threading diagrams of cameras and magazines, for most of the film cameras that are currently used in the film industry. I have also included the type of lens mount and the speed range for most of these cameras. For the lens mount listings, PL refers to the standard “Positive Lock” Arriflex lens mount, and PV refers to the standard Panavision lens mount. Please note that the speed range listed is only when running cameras in the forward running mode. It ...

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