Classic Retro Thing: Modern Movie Cameras
By James Grahame
Believe it or not, there are some fantastic and (almost) affordable 16 mm motion picture cameras on the market. Here's a look at four drool-worthy models that have been featured on Retro Thing. They range in price from about $7,000 to more than $40,000, so you might want to consider renting.
Ikonoskop A-Cam: Swedish newcomers Ikonoskop decided to produce the smallest, lightest, least expensive Super 16 camera possible. They did away with luxuries such as a through-the-lens reflex viewfinder and built-in video tap.
Aatom A-Minima: The Aaton A-Minima is a brilliant little movie making device. It weighs a mere 5lbs, somehow appears classic and bleeding-edge at the same time, and shoots top-notch Super 16 images.
Bolex H-16: Most modern H-16's are electrically-powered EL units, but it's still possible to buy a brand new spring-operated SBM model -- expect to get around 20 seconds of shooting time from each wind.
ARRI 416: The king of the hill. The sleek little 416 Super 16 camera is Arnold & Richter's first all-new 16 mm design since 1976. It weighs a mere 5.5 kg, including camera, loaded magazine, viewfinder and video assist.