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Panaflex Gold 35mm Camera, c. 1976

The camera package includes a carrying handle, digital readout, and video tap.

Historical note
The Panaflex camera, introduced by Panavision in 1972, revolutionized motion picture cinematography. Lightweight and compact, it allowed cinematographers greater freedom of movement than was possible with existing studio cameras. It is nearly silent to operate, eliminating the need for a cumbersome “blimp,” which encases a camera to mask its noise. Panavision refined the Panaflex line throughout the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in even more compact cameras with improved optics, such as this Panaflex Gold model.

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Metal, plastic, glass

Donor credit
Gift of Panavision

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