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The 27 Element Zoomar Field Lens

Here is the other lens donated to the Pavek Museum…a 27 element Zoomar long lens used at CBS Television City. Although Steve does not have the full history on these 2 great rarities, this one has the CBS markings, but it will be interesting to see where the Walker lens was used. Congratulations Steve!

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What A Find! Electra Zoom Prototype

What A Find! Steve Raymer at The Pavek Museum in the Minneapolis area has received some lens donations and this one is a real treasure (1 of 2 photos). This is a very rare Walker Electra Zoom lens. Joe Walker worked with Frank Capra and made and designed special lenses to be used specifically on over 50 of Hollywood’s leading ladies. This is the first zoom lens. More to follow.

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Special Museums Keep ‘Tubes Lit’ in Yesterday’s TV Gear, by James E. O’Neal

Hot off the presses! Here is the 3rd part of Jame O’Neal’s great series on collections and museums and this issue includes me! Enjoy and pass it along!

Special Museums Keep ‘Tubes Lit’ in Yesterday’s TV Gear, by James E. O’Neal

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—In researching this series of articles, I located several museums with broadcast-related television artifacts that weren’t

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The Vinten Heron Crane & History

One more story on Vinten…the great Heron Crane. Take a look!

The Vinten Heron – Stories 5 | The Tech-ops History Site

The Vinten Heron was a camera crane built to a BBC spec in the early sixties. It was in regular use till the early eighties, and probably did a large part of its work on Top of the Pops. The first mark 1 version was very tricky to operate, especially for the tracker, as the hydraulic throttle went f…

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The Vinten Equipment Time Line

Here’s the official Vinten Timeline on their creations for those of you, like me, that have wondered when what came out. FYI, the Mark III head came in ’58 and the Fulmar pedestal in ’74. Quite interesting…enjoy!

Vinten | Timeline | www.vinten.com

1910| 1920| 1930| 1940| 1950| 1960| 1970| 1980| 1990| 2000| {{MESSAGES}} TIMLINE 1910 1914 1915 1910 William Vinten began manufacturing Kinemacolor projectors for Charles Urban in 1909, and the following year the company was formally incorporated. Based

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The Rare Vinten Peregrine Crane

Now this is interesting! Be sure and watch the 20 minute video of the Vinten Peregrine Crane at work in 1965. Vinten was just a little ahead of their time on this crane…only one or two ever made. Quite fascinating video…the pedestal camera and boom have to work furiously to keep out of the shot and out of the way. Great article on the linked page too!

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Where Has All the Old TV Gear Gone? by James E. O’Neal

Just like in the article below, James O’Neal has another great article on the old equipment and where it is now. Good stuff!

Where Has All the Old TV Gear Gone? (Hint: It’s Not in Landfills), by James E. O’Neal

In the first part of this story, I reported that the Museum of Broadcast Technology in Woonsocket, R.I. had restored to operating condition a fairly

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Keeping Early Television’s Legacy Alive, by James E. O’Neal

So glad to see this story on the old equipment and museums! Glad my friends at the MBT in Boston are progressing! Great to see the Steve’s Ohio and Geoff’s W. Virginia museum and collections get some much deserved attention!

Keeping Early Television’s Legacy Alive, by James E. O’Neal

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—In this world of handheld HD, 3DTV origination, and flat screen displays, it’s easy to take television’s roots for granted. We’ve

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Museum Of Broadcast Technology Video Tour


This is a short but sweet video from the Museum Of Broadcast Technology near Boston. Great look at a few of nearly 100 cameras that will be on display possibly by the end of this year.

Most of MBT’s cameras and 60+ VTRs will be operative. Tom Sprague, Paul Beck, Jay Ballard and Pete Fasciani have been working on this project for years and the dream is closer than ever to being realized.

Episode 5 of the “What labguy did on his spring break” series. We take a behind the curtain look at a museum that is not yet open to the public. See the came…

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THE NEW SITE IS UP! Enjoy! Bobby Ellerbee

THE NEW SITE IS UP! Enjoy! Bobby Ellerbee

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Started on March 14, 2011

Started on March 14, 2011

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