Vintage 1950 DeJur-Amsco Citation Model Eight MM 8mm Movie Camera w/Elgett Lens

  • $44.97

Vintage 1950 DeJur-Amsco Citation Model Eight MM 8mm Movie Camera w/Elgett-Dejur 1/2" f/2.5 Lens and Part of Original Box, plus Original Manual and Lens Info

The camera was named after the famous race horse at the time.  8mm double spool-film camera.  Spring wind 12-48 frames per second for slow or fast filming motion.  Optical eye-level viewfinder Interchangeable single lens mount for both f/2.5 and f/1.9 13mm lens. Brown lacquered metal body Sun Dial is built into the side of camera to make it simple for figuring the right lens settings for conditions. Comes with a top cowhide hand strap. Along with instructions is a booklet on the camera’s lens.  Someone has written in small letters on the front page of the instructions: “This is the camera I got for you”.  Maybe, you would like to do the same for someone special.

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.

CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera is in good condition given its age. The inside shutter works well at all speeds. The inside film loading area is in good condition. Not tested by filming and then developing the film. However, it ran fine with an exposed test film. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). The movie camera winds well. The front viewfinder has some light haze but is not visible looking through back viewfinder. The camera does have some scratches. The camera comes with the bottom part of its original box and the original manual (with edge wear) but not original packaging. The manual shows its age but is still quite nice and useable.  Please note that there is a release button inside the film loading area before closing the door. The cowhide top strap is in mint condition. The camera will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.

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Ralph DeJur founded the company in the late 1920’s.  Located in Long Island City, Queens, New York. After making cameras, they later expanded to manufacturing office copiers.  DeJur retired in 1974 when the company was sold and is no longer in business. 


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 rent him to show movies from his library at parties and events. 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: