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Film Camera prices today

Jeff Kreines
 

The Clairmont Camera auction started today.

A good friend got 4x Moviecam Compacts (less mags) for about $600 each, before buyer’s premium and shipping.

Me, I went for classics.  Got a Fries spinning mirror reflexed Mitchell for $200.  And then I splurged and got this very 
rare low-profile Mitchell — only two were made.  Clairmont spent a lot with Fries to modernize them.  I got it for $700.  Sad times.



Jeff Kreines
Kinetta
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kinetta.com


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Marty Oppenheimer
 

Beyond sad, but this sets the current standard for pricing.  Sigh

Marty Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer Camera Products
Seattle

Zack Richard
 

Can you send a link to the auction?

Zack Richard
Director | DP
323 839 5406

 

On Wed, May 9, 2018 at 5:02 PM, Jeff Kreines <jeff@...> wrote:
The Clairmont Camera auction started today.

A good friend got 4x Moviecam Compacts (less mags) for about $600 each, before buyer’s premium and shipping.

Me, I went for classics.  Got a Fries spinning mirror reflexed Mitchell for $200.  And then I splurged and got this very 
rare low-profile Mitchell — only two were made.  Clairmont spent a lot with Fries to modernize them.  I got it for $700.  Sad times.



Jeff Kreines
Kinetta
jeff@...
kinetta.com


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Mark Weingartner, ASC
 

Quoth Jeff Kreines:
A good friend got 4x Moviecam Compacts (less mags) for about $600 each, before buyer’s premium and shipping.

Me, I went for classics. Got a Fries spinning mirror reflexed Mitchell for $200. And then I splurged and got this very
rare low-profile Mitchell — only two were made. Clairmont spent a lot with Fries to modernize them. I got it for $700.
In a way I am glad I’ve been too busy to go to the Clairmont auction. It’s better that I don’t buy more equipment and my nostalgia is not a good reason to add stuff to an overfilled shop.

I worked with that low profile Mitchell - the shots skimming under the 8ft diameter destroyer spacehip floating over devastated Lost Angeles were shot with it. Anna Foerster was the DP for those shots, Marc Brown AC (I’m pretty sure) and I was the gaffer.

When I first got out to Los Angeles I did some jobs with Jim Dickson who had hired me to gaff for him on Doug Trumbull’s Luxor ride films and Jim was a Clairmont guy. I became a Clairmont guy because they had the best support infrastructure to flesh out what I needed on my numerous multicamera VistaVision projects over the years. I’m pretty sure Wayne Baker and I were the last to use the Wilcam W-7 200 fps VistaVision camera - shooting some really neat fireballs for The Dark Knight.

I also worked out of Clairmont Vancouver when shooting effects for the last two Twilight movies.

I had many an espresso from the machine in their break room in LA, tested film stocks and lenses from their balconies, and shot tests for Academy Sci-Tech investigations in their feature prep room.

If i was on that side of the valley at rush hour I would stick my head in and say hi and shoot the breeze with Alan Albert until the traffic died down.

Gonna miss the scene there.

Many of the friends I made there are at other rental houses in LA these days so I still get to see them, but that place had a certain feel to it… their emphasis was always on providing, finding, and, if necessary, designing and building the tools we needed to get that special shot, whether it was bits and pieces to make Jim Dickson;s New CircleVision rig work or some goofy thing I needed to do for some element shoot. So many cool rigs and lenses and stuff.

Glad I can still get most of that stuff at Keslow!







Mark Weingartner, ASC
Director of Photography
inclined towards Visual Effects


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Andrew Stadler
 

Here's the link to the auction. The URL just adds insult to injury:   http://tauberaronsinc.com/events/video-rental-facility/

Andy Stadler
AC Emeritus
San Francisco