Vintage movie cameras, projectors and accessories can still be used today to make home movies - or in some cases, even professional productions. The first 16mm home movie cameras were produced in the 1920s, and color film was introduced in the 1930s. Some of the best known names in vintage movie cameras and equipment include Bolex, Kodak, and Bell and Howell.
As home movie camera technology improved, smaller formats like 8mm and Super 8 cameras were introduced, leading to even wider adoption of home cinematography, peaking in the 1950s and 1960s. After that, tape and video-based cameras and camcorders began to take over.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Michael Tisdale's great reference site on Paillard Bolex, a Swiss maker of home movie equipment from the 1930s to 1… [read review or visit site]
The Vintage Knob
The Vintage Knob is an extensive resource on all types of audio electronics organized by manufacturer, from Aiwa to… [read review or visit site]
Collection D'Appareils Photo
While we couldn't read everthing - it's mostly in French - the images on this site speak for themselves. Its an ext… [read review or visit site]
Magic Mirror of Life
Jack and Beverly Wilgus have put together a great trove of information and images of camera obscura-related photos … [read review or visit site]
Cameras and Co
An impressive collection of antique and vintage cameras, this site features high-resolution images of over 120 came… [read review or visit site]
Antique Cameras D. Tristram Ludwig
David Tristram Ludwig shares high resolution images of his in-depth personal collection of antique cameras, includi… [read review or visit site]
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