Canon Model 8-2 Reflex 8mm Zoom Movie Camera +Perfex Double Eight Model A Turret

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Canon Model 8-2 Reflex 8mm Zoom Movie Camera with Canon C-8 Grip and 10mm to 40mm Zoom Lens + Perfex Double Eight Model A Turret Movie Camera

Own a vintage turret lens switching camera with a new innovative camera at the time that incorporated all three lens into one while at the same time seeing through the viewfinder the zooming effect you are filming. 

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.

OVERALL CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in overall good condition given their age. See the full listing description below for details on the condition of each piece and whether they were tested and if manuals and cases are included. These items will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.

This listing includes the following 2 vintage movie cameras:

 

Perfex Double Eight Model A 3 Lens Turret Movie Camera

This Perfex camera comes with a Wollensak 1/2” f/2.5 Cine Rapter lens and a 1-1/2” Revere f/2.5 telephoto lens.  In place of a third lens that may be added later is a clever and authentic looking Perfex black fake lens.  It takes the easy fool proof loading 8mm magazine.  Built into the viewfinder is an adjustable image for the different lens.  The camera has from 8 to 32 frames per second for slow and fast filming motion. The viewfinder has a simple adjuster for 12.5 to 37mm lens.  The lens is changed by turning the front plate containing the lens.

Perfex CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera is in good working condition given its age. The camera spring winding is strong. Not tested by filming and then developing the film. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). The body has multiple scratches and wear (see pictures). Please remember that this camera is 80 years old and has a loving history. Removing one of the lenses while running demonstrates that the shutter appears to work correctly. The camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, or any instruction manual.  There are no lens caps. The camera’s spring wind is strong but was not tested with film. The magazine film requires no film spools. 

HISTORY: Camera Corp. of America (Chicago)

The company’s original name was Candid Camera Corp.  It was founded in 1938.  The company sold its tools and dies to Ciro Camera, Inc. in 1949.  Accordingly, all the Excel line of cameras was made during this short time period.

 

Canon Reflex Zoom Movie Camera Model 8-2 8mm w/Canon C-8 Grip and 10mm to 40mm Zoom Lens

The Canon Model 8-2 comes with a fast f/1.4 Canon zoom lens. It is operated by turning the lens and goes from 10mm wide angle to 40mm telephoto.  Because of the reflex feature, the image being filmed is what shows in the viewfinder.  The camera shoot double 50 ft. film roll.  Lens opening sizes or f stops are set manually with a ring behind the lens or utilizing the built in light meter that can be seen through the upper corner inside the viewfinder.  Also, the ring outside the view-finder is eye sight focusable. There is an option to take single frames or from 8 to 64 frames per second for slow and fast motion.  The plastic grip contains a nice looking gray hand strap.  The camera uses either two 625’s or the double size PX14 battery.

Canon CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera is in good working condition given its age. The camera spring winding is strong. Inside was tested with a roll of film and no issues were perceived. Not tested by filming and then developing the film. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). There are body scratches and wear (see pictures). Please remember that these cameras are older than many of us and have a loving history. The camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, or any instruction manual.  There is no lens cap but it does contain a take-up spool. The camera was not tested with batteries but the battery chamber is in good condition.  

HISTORY: CANON, INC.  

Known for its line 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) 35mm cameras, it was originally established in 1933 as Seiki-Kogaku (Precision Optical Research Lab). The name was changed after WW11 to Canon, Inc. The Japanese company continues today making high quality digital mirrorless cameras.

 

HISTORY: Zoom Lenses

The 1950’s brought many innovative bells and whistles to cameras like built in light meters that auto-matically adjusted the lens aperture and the Zoom lens.   The problem with early zoom lens was that they needed to be put in focus as each focal length.  This was solved when Clile Allen received a patent for his lens in 1902.  His zoom lens retained near sharp focus while the focal length of the assembly was changed.  For instance, in going from a 13mm wide angle view to 50mm telephoto each image is in clear focus.  The key was incorporating into the lens multiple lenses.  In 1927 it was used in a theater movie and in 1932 Bell and Howell introduced the Varo" 40–120 mm lens for 35mm movie cameras.

 

ABOUT THE CAMERAS

An amazing find for vintage camera & projector enthusiasts! The cameras are part of many items acquired from the Cairo Camera Shop.  Please check often as many become available in the near future.

 

BACKSTORY:  Frank G Cairo, Owner of the Cairo Camera Shop  

Frank Cairo moved from the Bronx, New York to Kenosha, WI in 1943.  The next year, after getting married, he acquired the neighborhood grocery store next door and made it into Cairo Camera Shop.  He operated the store for over fifty years until his death in 1997.

He loved cameras, projectors, movie stars and movies and was the photographer for the local auto workers union. He began collecting 8, 16 and 35mm films.  Eventually, Cairo Home Movies became the largest private film collection in Southern Wisconsin.  In addition to renting films and projectors, one could hire him to do a movie show, with films, from his library, at Christmas events and parties.  In the summers, he had free outdoor movie nights for neighborhood kids. If you would like to see a 5 minute video about Frank Cairo and his camera shop as told by his son, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqCoUsiGfaA