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Movie Camera Encyclopedia

MoviecamerascoverAs a kid, I was amazed by the amount of information crammed into each volume of the encyclopedia (boy, do I sound like a geek). I get the same feeling when admiring Juergen Lossau's Complete Catalog of Movie Cameras ($49.95). It includes over 1,500 color photos and lists about 4,000 different vintage camera models across 480 pages. Each of the major manufacturers is given their own chapter loaded with history and fascinating anecdotes. The tome measures a reasonably compact 8.3" x 6.3", so you can read it almost anywhere.

This is the second movie camera guide written by Lossau - the first was released about 30 months before this volume. He's also written similar volumes detailing projectors and film splicers. If you're a die-hard collector, I'd suggest picking up the other books as well. It won't be cheap, but they're beautiful.

Lossau's books are printed in German and English. The translation is awkward at times, but it's easy to overlook such a minor fault when faced with so many amazing pictures and stories. I couldn't find either book at the large on-line retailers, but you can order direct from the publisher - international shipping is included in the price.

The Complete Catalog of Movie Cameras
- $49.95 incl. shipping (Atoll Medien, Hamburg)

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