My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

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Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

Post by marop » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:46 am

Hello nikolabronc,

If I understand your question correctly, you are asking how Paramount went about selling their cameras;

It was in the 1980's. Panavision was making their own cameras and renting them to studios. Previously most, if not all, major studios had their own Camera Department to service and maintain their cameras. Although I believe major work was contracted out to people (companies) like Ken Stone and Richard Bennett.

Panavision seems to have convinced the studio that it would be better and cheaper to rent their cameras which Panavision would service and maintain. I also understand that there was a growing problem with the motors of the BNCRs. Those motors were the replacement motors made by, I believe, Fries Company. So Paramount started renting from Panavision and sold all of their BNCRs. I believe most were sold to a single company and later most of those were all sold to collector/dealer Martin Hill of North Carolina.

Funny thing is, Paramount later bought some BNCRs back from Martin for use in filming the TV shows Wings and I think Frazier.

I hope that answers your question.


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Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

Post by mediaed » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:26 pm


Thanks for registering your camera. Should be up in the registry in a few days. Ed.

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