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    20th Century-fox first-unit motion picture camera used to film Planet of the Apes. 20th Century-fox first-unit motion picture camera used to film Planet of the Apes. (TCF, 1968) This 20th Century-Fox camera AKA "Fox" camera is the seventh of only seventeen made. Rarely seen outside the studio that built it. The Fox camera dominated the studios output for almost 36 years. Its last film was the 1968 science fiction epic Planet of the Apes. When sound took the industry by storm in the late 1920s, studios and their existing noisy cameras were caught flat-footed. The solution for most was to put the camera in a big heavy soundproof box or "blimp". The prime example was the popular 120lb. Mitchell BNC (1936). 20th Century-Fox took a far more modern approach in 1932. Each individual component was designed to eliminate noise and vibration at its source. The result was the first "un-blimped" 35mm motion picture camera. It weighed in at 86 lbs. ready-to-shoot.  This technological achievement was unrivaled until the introduction of the Panaflex forty years later in 1972. Planet of the Apes and TC-7 also mark the capitulation of Fox's own Cinemascope process to Panavision. Cinemascope and its massive lenses of the 1950s cut deeply into the functionality of the camera's original design. The coup de grace came in the late '60s when the studio gave up the ghost and decided to embrace more modern Panavision lenses. This meant the camera had to be adapted to function like the bulky and popular Mitchell BNC (367 were made). TC-7 runs smooth and quiet with film. The focal plane shutter has been removed due to oxidation and swelling of the lead balance weight. A new "old" stock shutter is included. It was made for an 18th but not completed camera and is in vintage fine condition. It requires balancing before installation. This can be done at cost upon buyer's request. Special shipping instructions will apply.

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    July, 2013
    28th Sunday
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