Firstly I must thank David Doré of SILK PURSE FILMS for sending me this PDF of a set of instructions he typed out over 30 years ago. Isn’t it funny how trends go full circle.
During the early 1980’s studio cameras were like the one’s above big and bulky as was the first portable video tape called U-Matic tape.
The 16mm Eclair ACL with a 12-120mm manual zoom lens f2.2 Angenieux lens…Pierre Angenieux of Paris invented the zoom lens !
Typical news crew during the mid 1980’s with a Hitachi Z31 Camera attached to a Sony High Band Umatic recorder which needed a crew of 2 in this case myself and Ian Bodie working for Clyde Cable Vision.
Film is still unique in ambiance, texture and mood, todays large sensor cameras are more “cinematic” but its not film.
This cameraman is using an Eclair NPR 16mm film and the lens is the Angenieux 12-120mm zoom.
Due to the bulkiness of early video cameras, its really interesting that film was being touted as a more compact way to shoot, sadly today film is loosing favour to the large sensor cameras like the Sony F55.
There is no going back we now have a blend of video/film from the DSLR upwards that satisfies many budgets from student to professional that was not available during the 1980’s.