Vintage Victor Cine Model 3 16mm Movie Camera with f/2.7 Lens w/Original Case

  • $149.97

Vintage Victor Cine Model 3 16mm Movie Camera with f/2.7  Lens w/Original Case

This is a vintage late 1920’s 16mm movie camera for shooting 100 ft. rolls of 16mm film. It comes with its standard 1” f/2.7 lens.  Camera is brown crinkle lacquered finish on a metal body and came with a spring motor driven wind.  Choice of 8 to 64 frames per second for slow or fast motion filming. Later models had 3 lens turrets. It is built like a tank ready for filming in the field of action.

CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in overall good condition given it’s age. Camera performed without difficulty using and treading an actual 16mm double sprocket film.  It was not tested by filming and then developing the film.  Removing the lens, the shutter appears to function correctly at different speeds. The spring winder runs strong. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). The camera has some in the field scratches but overall in really good condition for a 90 year old camera.  The side strap is in nice condition. The camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, or any instruction manual. The alligator carry case is in poor condition. The lock is broken and there is no key. The case top is torn but the handle is in much better condition and the shoulder strap is missing.  What gives the case charm is the very poor condition of the European travel stickers that appear to be from the 1950’s.  The camera and case will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.


An amazing find for vintage camera enthusiasts!  Without a doubt, Alexander Victor had a special place in Frank’s heart. He jumped at the chance to buy the Victor 16mm camera no matter what shape the carrying case was in.  It did its job of protecting the camera inside. The camera is part of many items acquired from the Cairo Camera Shop. Please check often as many more 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, you could rent him to show movies from his film 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:

HISTORY: Victor Animatograph Corporation

The “Great Stephanio” magician while performing in Paris in 1896 was fascinated by an exhibition of movies.  He quickly bought a projector and films and included them in his shows.

Later, back in the states Alexander Victor founded his motion picture and camera company in Davenport, IA in 1910.  He became very concerned with the flammable film at the time and developed a safety acetate film.  He presented his proposed standard to the Society of Motion Picture Engineers in 1918, and it was adopted that April.

When Eastman Kodak Company announced in 1923 that they were making a 16mm safety film, he began designing a hand-cranked camera and projector to use this new film. In 1927, Victor launched this camera, the Model 3, which was spring-motor driven, along with a motorized projector. The educational, industrial, and religious film markets grew quickly as producers began to offer libraries of 16mm films. Victor developed more than 150 different cameras and projection devices, and applied for 86 patents during his 52-year career. 


Historically, film size was anywhere from 7.5mm to as big as 105mm.  Thomas Edison could not have had any idea what he leashed onto the world when he had his assistant, William Kennedy, work on a moving picture projection device.  Edison wanted to take advantage of his popular cylinder phonograph by following it up on such a home device.  The result is the 1890’s, famous Kinetoscope.  Moreover, Edison’s perforated 35mm film becomes the world-wide favorite for motion pictures.  In 1923, Eastman Kodak envisioned the financial benefits of putting the power of making moving pictures in the hand of amateurs. Their crank movie camera started a revolution. The intention of the new 16mm film format was to make filming more economical and smaller.  As an alternative to the 35mm film, their 16mm film was also nonflammable and could be loaded in daylight. The film measured 16 millimeters wide and was ¼ the size of 35mm film.  Also, Kodak established collections of 16mm films for rental or purchase for classrooms or homes.  8mm was introduced in 1932 and Super 8 in 1965. However, 16mm film was not done.  A huge boost to the 16mm film format came again, when professionals used 16mm cameras to film in the field in WWII and News Reels became popular in movie theaters.  Yet, this film was not dead again.  Like the mythical Phoenix bird, local TV stations used 16mm cameras and film for both field news and live broadcasts.  Finally, there is no reason to believe, that if taken care of, archived 16mm film will survive in better condition than video.