Question from Simon Worsley
Q. I noted on your very informative web site the following comment regarding the Zeiss Ikon Movikon 16. “Our camera is the second version. The camera has a few new features comparing to the 1935 version: cable release socket and the second shoe.. “ I am interested (and collect) pre-1946 Zeiss Ikon cameras and I had noted the differences you mentioned, I am intrigued how you came to the same conclusion about at least two different versions of the Movikon 16, was it by observation or were you quoting from another source? Incidentally I have produced my own Fact Sheet on the Movikon series (pre-1946) and I have attached a copy for your information, I would welcome any amendments or observations you have on it.
A. Our descriptions are based on many literature. The first, we are looking into the test report in 1936 "Amateur Cine World". We also are looking at the adverts in some pre war Magazines and auction photos of German Auction houses. In this way we came to conclusion; our camera is the second version and both lenses are factory coated. In England Zeiss was not imported coated lenses before the war. Thank you for your data sheet, which is very interesting. Particularly to see the 16 K cameras were two versions and 8 mm cameras were two version as well.
Q. Samantha asks:
I have recently come across a Cine-Kodak magazine 16 camera. I was wonder what they go for and how I can view the footage that is currently on the camera?
A. The first problem is if the film is Kodachrome colour. If it is, it is not possible at this time to have it developed in colour. You can develop the film in black and white. If the film is black and white you can normally develop. But it is not easy to do it as not many people do this process.
Kodak does not develop 16 mm film.
Next the prices of these cameras are every time different: depending on the model and accessories with the camera.
Standard models go for £15 -30 or in $23 -45 about. At the moment it is a lot of cameras on sale on eBay.
Question from John Jones:
Q. Would you happen to know a ballpark of what they might be worth. I would put them in good condition on a scale of very poor, poor, fair, good, very good and mint. Just trying to figure out if I should part with them or not.
A. The best idea to go on www.ebay.com -> cameras&photo -> at the bottom of the page, on the left -> Vintage Move& photography. Under the Vintage cameras->choose Move cameras and try to find if the cameras were just sold.
Or in easy way on www.ebay.com write the name of the camera in: search box.
Question from Victor Basurto from Mexico City
Q. I have a Silma 240-S projector which lacks the instruction manual. I'd like to learn how to install the film to project. Can you give me some advice about this issue?
A. Exceptionally (!), I will do some pictures of our instruction and I will send you. It is a little complicated projector.
Question from Darren – UK:
Q. I have a Pathescope Kid projector of the type illustrated on
your web site, including the external resistance.
My wife has expressed a fear that the material of which the resistance coil
is wrapped around the white, chalky-ceramic central cylinder - is asbestos?
Are you able to put her and my mind at rest on this score?
A. Do not worry Darren, and all collectors of this beautiful projector. In the Pathescope Kid projectors there is not any part built up from asbestos.
The white cylinder, inside of the resistance cage, is made of a ceramic material; which has resistance wire wound on it.