List of

vintage movie cameras, projectors, precinema, etc.


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The following is part of a list of manufacturers of vintage cinematographic equipment, with some of the apparatus they marketed. It is by no means complete, but a basis for expansion.
Presently you will find the country of origin, year of manufacture and size. The ACR number, if mentioned, refers to Ariel's Cinematography Register. I hope to expand it with some more images and data on other apparatus. In general this list closes in the year 1965 with the introduction of super 8mm. For movie cameras after the introduction of Super 8 please refer to Anssi Puistot's excellent list of more than 1330 movie cameras.

In many cases I am not sure of the years of manufacture. For guidance I have made guesses with a question mark. Of course all data are tentative.

I'm always grateful for any info you can supply to correct or update this list Emailto:"> after deleting 'NOSPAM' from the address.

If you like to find out more about a certain apparatus, click on the first letter of the name of the manufacturer to go to the relative section of this list. If the apparatus is not listed look for a model number near to it for an approximate date. As models often have a different name than that of the manufacturer you might also search with the Ctrl+F keys. I have listed apparatus often under their model name, though. Look also under 'Various'.

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D. W., Great Britain

Da Brite?, USA

Dannhorn, Max, Nürnberg, Germany

Dansk Kinematograf Fabrik, Copenhagen, Danmark

Danson/Beam Echo Ltd.(Ronald Tutt), Great Britain

Darbohne, Germany

Darling, Alfred, Brighton, East Sussex - UK

(Stamped with AD logo).
Manufactured cameras for Williamson, G.A.Smith, Urban, Warwick and other early British firms.
Grandsons of Darling leaf through the orderbook of their grandfather.

Darras, A., France

Day, Will, London, UK

Daypho, F.W.Hochstetter/ Dayton Photo Products Co., USA

Debrie, Etabl. André,Paris, France

Defa GWF (VEB Gerätewerk, Friedrichshagen), Eastern Germany

De Forest Phonofilm Co. Inc., Delaware, USA (1923- 27)

One of the pioneers in sound-on-film recording.

De Forest Training Inc., Chicago, USA

De Giglio, Turin, Italy

DeJur Amsco Corp./Dejur Avsco (Amsco) Corp., New York, USA

Dekko Cameras Ltd., Slough, later Acton, London, UK

Delagrave, Paris, France

Demaria-Lapierre-Molier, France

Demeny, M., France

Dephiles Denoux, Paris, France

Deutsche Bioscope Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany

Deutsche Kinematographen Werke, Dresden, Germany

Deutsche Mutoskop & Biograph GMBH, Germany

DeVault Noble ????????????

(Who can give more information ?)

DeVry Corp.(1913-29), merged with Q.R.S. Corp. in 1929, forming the QRS-DeVry Corp., Chicago, USA.

in 1932 Herman DeVry bought back the company and renamed it Herman A. DeVry INC. After his death B & H bought the company in 1954.
(see also QRS)

DeVry ad around 1931

DeVry Cameras DeVry projectors (Note: Some of the 35mm DeVry projectors listed are products of the Paromel Electronics Corp.. This company was headed by the sons of Herman DeVry - William and Edward - from the late 1940's onward, continuing manufactoring 'DeVry' 35mm projectors about a dozen more years until Edward's death. Their customers were mainly drive-in theatres at the time, so they adapted previous 35mm models and re-badged them Paromel or P.E.C. 16mm projectors continued to be made under the DeVry name, which division Bell & Howell purchased in the mid-50's. B&H (redesigned) J-A-N projectors, and the DeVry name became associated with their electronic training school only. The other J-A-N mfgrs were awarded government projector contracts at various times once the design was perfectly standardized.

Deyrolle, France

Dica, France ?

Dilka, Christian Dilk, Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany

Dimaphot, Meudon, later Paris, France (Charles Jaton)

Ditmar, R. Gebrüder Brünner AG, Vienna, Austria

Dixi, Le Locle, Switzerland

Doiflex / D.O.Industries ?, Japan

Dom, France

Dominus (England) Ltd, Great Britain/France

Donato, Italy

Donelli, Alfredo, Rome, Italy

Doyen, Eugène Louis, Paris, France

Dralowid-Werke/Steatit Magnesia AG, Porz & Berlin, Germany

Ducati, Italy

J. Duiker en Co's fabriek van apparaten en werktuigen NV. The Hague, Netherlands

Duograph Inc., New York, USA

Duoscope Ltd., London, Gt.Britain

Duplex Motion Picture Corp., New York, USA

In 1915 this firm proposed an economical use of the 35mm film size, by splitting the frame up in two halves (click for specimen) and copying existing 35mm films on to that format. Special Duplex projector lenses were to be made available to project the 10 x 19mm half frame onto the screen.
I have a brochure but have been unable to find any reference that the system was seriously considered, or the Duplex lenses ever made available.
I do not know whether this firm (of a different address), has any affiliation with the following manufacturer.

Duplex Motion Picture Industries Inc., Long Island City (later Brooklyn), USA

(designer G.J.Badgley?, H.O.Carleton - President)
(DMPI took over the Duplex Machine Co., Brooklyn?, manufacturer mainly of M.P. laboratory equipment (under the name Duplex Cinema Equipment, Hollywood) and The American Bell Radio Corp. in the early twenties. Subsequently funding was sought for the Duplex MP Industries in 1924. It is doubtful whether they could raise enough capital for expansion as no more was heard of them later in the twenties.
See share)

Dupuis, Charles, France

Duskes, Berlin, Germany

Dux/Markes & Co., Ludenscheidt, Germany See also 'Trixine' and Various/Baby Movie.. (Who knows more about the history of Dux?)

D.W., Great Britain


Eagle?, Great Britain

Eberlein & Krug (EKA), Furth/Bayern, Germany

(See under EKA below)

Eckenrath, C., Berlin, Germany

Eclair, Etabl., Paris, France (Anciens établissements Parnaland)

Edengraph, USA

Edison Inc, Thomas A., Orange, N.J.,USA

The Educational Motion Picture Machine and Films Co., St.Louis, USA (1915 - 1920)

Egda Cinema / Etblts. G. de Andreiss S.A., Marseille, France

<4>EIA (Royal Projection AB, Stockholm). click

Eiki Industrial Co.Ltd., Osaka, Japan (1953 - now)(click). See also Elf below.

Eka / Eberlein & Krug, Apparatebau, Fuerth, Germany

Ekran SPA(Scientific Production Amalgamation), Kiev, Ukraine, USSR

E.K.S. Ltd, London, UK

Electric Gyroscope Kinematograph Camera Co. Ltd., (Negretti & Zambra), London, Great Britain

Elektra GmbH, West-Germany

  • Merkur 1929 silent projector 16mm
  • Elessa Kinoapparatebau, Stuttgart, Germany

    Elew / Predom-Prexer, Poland

    (See also Cinetechnical Works, Lodz, Poland)

    Elf (Eiki?)

    Elmo (Camera) Co. Ltd., Nagoya, Japan (founded 1927)

    Elmo cameras Elmo projectors

    M.Elsasser, Berlin, Germany


    Emdeko, Japan

    Emel, Etabl.,Paris, France

    EMON, France

    Empire Projector Corp., New York, USA

    Ensign Ltd. / Houghton Butcher, Great Britain

    (In 1941 the Houghton-Butcher factory was bombed and production of cine equipment ceased thereafter) Ensign Cameras Early cameras distributed through Butcher & Sons Ensign projectors

    Enterprise Optical Mfg. Co., Chicago, USA.(A.C.Roebuck, 1896 - 1935)(Carried on by Motiograph Inc. (click))

    Epimo (Exploitation Des Procedes De L'Industrie Moderne), Paris, France

    Ercsam SA, Paris, France

    Ericsson, Colombes and later Paris, France. See also Cinéric

    ERKO, Berlin, Germany

    ERMA/Etudes pour la Realisation des Machines Automatiques, France

    Ernemann Werke AG, Heinrich, Dresden, Germany

    (See Zeiss Ikon for models after 1926)

    Ernemann cameras:

    Ernemann projectors & various (See Zeiss Ikon for models after 1926)

    Errtee, Berlin, Germany

    Prewar Berlin firm which marketed equipment, for instance Paillard Bolex H9 and H16, under Errtee name.

    Ertel-Werke AG, Munich, Germany

    Escobar,Josep , Barcelona, Spain

    Essex Camera & Co., New York, , USA

    Eta, Prague, Czechoslovakia

    . See also Meopta.

    Etoile, Lyon, France

    Etona, Japan

    Eumig (Elektrizitäts- und Metallwaren-Industrie Gesellschaft m.b.H. 1919 -1981), Vienne, Austria

    For more info visit: Eumig Museum Cameras: Eumig projectors

    Excel Projector Corp., Chicago, USA (also Excel Movie Products, Elgin, Ill., USA)


    F. A. C. T., Italy

    Facine Ste., France

    Fairchild Aviation Corp., New York, USA

    Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corp., USA

    Falk, Johann, Nürnberg, Germany (1895 - 1935)

    Falk was bought up by Plank/Noris in 1935.

    Fastax/3 M/Wollensak Division of the Revere Camera Co., Rochester, USA.See also Western Electric / Red Lake Labs

    Feature Film Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

    Fedi, Angiolo, Milan, Italy

    Fex / INDO, France

    Fillum Fun Inc., New York, USA

    Filmagraph Corp., The, S. Easton, USA

    Filmtechnika, Budapest, Hungary?

    (I'm not sure if this is the manufacturer)

    Film Theater Technik, VEB, East-Germany

    Filo? , France

    Filoscope, London, Great Britain

    Flash Mfg. Co., USA

    Fleischmann-Film, West-Germany

    Flip/Flick books (see also Filoscope above)

    Fodeco/Technical Services Corp., Roseland, USA

    Foka, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Importers, sold cameras, for instance Nizo, under their own name.

    Fords?, USA

    (Who knows more about this camera/company?)

    Fores, S. W., Great Britain

    Forway Industries Inc., New York, USA/Forways Industries Ltd., Great Britain,

    represented in Canada too.

    Fotogrammi, Italy

    Foton, München, Germany

    Frank, J.F. , Nürnberg, Germany

    Franklin Photographic Ind. Inc, Chicago, USA

    Frezzolini Electronics Inc, General Research Laboratories, Hawthorne, USA

    Frieseke & Hoepfner GMBH, Erlangen, Germany

    Frieze, J.S. & Co.Ltd., Great Britain

    Fuji Photo Film Co Ltd., Japan

    Fuji/Hiraoka Kogyo Company Limited, Japan.

    Fujita Optical Ind., Japan

    E.E.Fulton Co., Chicago, USA

    Fumeo, Italy ?


    Gakken?, Japan

    Galater, France

    Gamages, London, UK

    Gamma, Hungary

    Gansu Optical Research, Gansu Province, China

    Ganz & Co., Switzerland

    L.J.Gardiner Co., Columbia, USA


    Gaumont & Cie, Etabl. Léon Ernest, Paris, France, or London.

    (See also Eric Lange's site)

    GB/ Gaumont British Equipments, London, Great Britain

    (Formerly GB Equipments Ltd. Also Gaumont-Kalee division of the Rank Precision Industries Ltd.) See also Bell & Howell

    General Radio Co. Of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Gennert, G., Great Britain

    Genry ? , France

    Gentlewoman, The, New York, USA

    Gevaert, Belgium/Carena SA,, Geneva, Switzerland

    Geyer-Werke A.G.,Berlin/Geyer, Karl August, Germany

    Giannini Scientific, USA

    G(roupement) I(ndustriel C(inématographique),Paris, France.

    From 1958 Movirex cameras were produced by SAFAC LB

    Gilbert, Gaston, France.

    Gioca, France?

    Gillon, Auguste, Léon, Paris, France

    (See also

    Girault, G.,Joinville le Pont, France.

    Mr. Girault produced 9.5mm cameras and projectors from 1946 onward. He died in 1959 (courtesy R. Igounet)

    Giroux et Cie., Alphons, France

    Givjoy (A.J. Holladay & Co. Ltd), France

    Hunter, R.F. Great Britain

    Hycam, USA


    Ica AG, Dresden, Germany

    Idéal Rocher, Paris, France

  • Cadet, Monobloc, Portable cinema projectors 35mm
  • Ihagee Kamerawerk, Steenbergen & Co., Dresden, Germany

  • Ihagee Projektor model CD 1931 projector 16mm ACR 0457
  • Ikonograph Commercial Co. of Manhattan, New York, USA (designers Enoch J.Rector & J. E. Lagergrek)

    Ikonsokop AB, Stockholm, Sweden

    Illge, Waiter, Germany

    Illinois Watch Case Co., Elgin, Ill, USA

    Impex, Bulgaria

    INCOL (Industria Cinematográfica Orion Ltda.), Sao Paulo, Brasil (1950 - 1995 ). Theatrical projectors.

    Indcol, Great Britain

    Industria Optica Bucaresti, Bukarest, Rumania

    Industriefilm GmbH, Germany

    Institute Standard Camera Co., New York, USA

    International Film Co., USA (Charles H. Webster)

    International Projector Corp. Chicago, USA

    (I am not sure about the relationship between the Chicago and New York firms of the same name .)

    International Projector Corp., New York, USA

    Merger in 1925 of (see before 1930 Precision Machine Co. Inc., New York, , Nicolas Powers Co. and the Acme M.P. Proj.Corp. After WW2 National-Simplex-Bludworth, Inc.(Also manufactured Powers projectors). For later Simplex projectors see also Strong International. See also: NCS Corp. 70 years of history
    Super Simplex photo found in Capitol theater, New London CT

    James IPPOLITO & Co. Inc., USA

    Irwin Corp., New York, USA

    I.S.C.A. / Isuar Cinéma, Barcelona, Spain (click)

    Iskra, Yugoslavia

    Ivik, Great Britain


    Jacko-ciné, France

    JAN (Joint Army Navy) projectors, USA.

    I'm indebted to ICECO for some of the following info:
    These projectors were conceived as a result of Military Specification (JAN Spec 143) that were commissioned by the "WAR DEPARTMENT" in late 1943. It was not until the conclusion of WWII that the first machines came off the assembly line. The first Company to be awarded the contract was Ampro Corp. (type IC/QEM-1A), followed by DeVry, Federal Mfg. Company, Aimes, Bell & Howell, Lumen Electric Co., Cine Products Supply Co., Viewlex Inc. and International Cinema Equipment Co. The Ampro made JAN was an offshoot of prototype by GPL (General Precision) of Rochester NY in the late-1940's, an initial attempt which no government contract was awarded to.
    ICECO acquired all the parts and manufacturing tooling from B&H in 1984, Cine Products and Viewlex in 1985. ICECO made the machine thru the early 1990's. There were over 100,000 of these machines made over a period of about 45 years. Many are still in service today that were made in 1947. Bell & Howell, Viewlex and ICECO offered the civilian version of this machine. It generally carried the Model Number 614. The Military versions carried Military Federal stock numbers and model numbers. The Government acquisition cost for a complete AS7 system was nearly $3,000.00 each( almost 30 years ago). General Specifications of all JAN 16mm Sound Projectors include: 14 watt built in amplifier and speaker, power rewind system, 2 inch f1.6 super sharp lens, 2300 ft film capacity, Maximum 1200 Watt Lamp (Supplied with 750 Watt), Heavy Duty Power Cable, Microphone Input, External Speaker Output, Separate volume and tone controls, Threading Lamp with switch, All modular construction, separate motor for Driving Mechanism and lamp cooling. If it is high quality Projection and Sound and High reliability you want look no further then the JAN.

    Janko, Paris, France

    Jefe / Industrias Saludes, Valencia, Spain

    Jelco, see Nihon Cine Industry

    C. F. Jenkins,Washington, USA (Thomas Armat)

    Jerome Engineering Co., Massapequa, N.Y., USA

    Johnson Smith & Co., Chicago, USA

    Sold in the twenties 35mm toy projectors. They resemble those of Keystone. I'm not sure whether the following are original models of their own.

    Joly, Henri Joseph

    . Merged with M.I.P. in 1937.

    Jones Manufacturing Co., USA

    Joy, London, UK

    Jumbo (TM)

    Jury’s Kine Supplies Ltd., London, Grt Britain

    Jury’s Kine Supplies Ltd., was a manufacturer and supplier of motion picture equipment. From 1912-28 Will Day, a major figure in the British film industry, was the director of Jury’s. Day was a collector, historian, showman, inventor and dealer in film equipment. He established himself as a leading authority on the history of the moving image and its technology.
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