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Lights, Camera, Action!: An Illustrated History of the Amateur Movie Camera

Lights, Camera, Action!: An Illustrated History of the Amateur Movie Camera

John Wade

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The first amateur movie—or cine—camera was patented in 1898, but it wasn’t until 1923 that mainstream manufacturers began making cameras specifically for the amateur market. During their history, thoughtfully and thoroughly detailed in this authoritative text, a huge range of amateur cine cameras was made. The four major amateur movie film gauges are covered at length: 16mm, 9.5mm, Standard-8, and Super-8, along with some of their less successful rivals. Unique in a book on this subject is a major chapter on movie camera accessories, many of which found strange and complicated ways of bringing professional specifications to amateur equipment. The book is illustrated throughout with landmark cameras—those that epitomized certain eras, plus many other unusual and rarely illustrated models. A glossary of technical terms and an index complete the book.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 256 | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345937 | Binding: hard cover


John Wade began his journalistic career on local newspapers, where he worked his way from junior reporter to deputy editor. He was editor of the UK magazine Photography for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer. He has written and illustrated numerous articles on camera history for photographic and other magazines in the UK, America and Australia, and has written more than 30 books on photographic history and techniques. John is also the author of From Daguerre to Digital – 150 Years of Classic Cameras, published by Schiffer Books.