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Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by mediaed » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:26 pm


Thanks for registering your camera. Should be up in the registry in a few days. Ed.

Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by marop » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:46 am

Hello nikolabronc,

If I understand your question correctly, you are asking how Paramount went about selling their cameras;

It was in the 1980's. Panavision was making their own cameras and renting them to studios. Previously most, if not all, major studios had their own Camera Department to service and maintain their cameras. Although I believe major work was contracted out to people (companies) like Ken Stone and Richard Bennett.

Panavision seems to have convinced the studio that it would be better and cheaper to rent their cameras which Panavision would service and maintain. I also understand that there was a growing problem with the motors of the BNCRs. Those motors were the replacement motors made by, I believe, Fries Company. So Paramount started renting from Panavision and sold all of their BNCRs. I believe most were sold to a single company and later most of those were all sold to collector/dealer Martin Hill of North Carolina.

Funny thing is, Paramount later bought some BNCRs back from Martin for use in filming the TV shows Wings and I think Frazier.

I hope that answers your question.


Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by mediaed » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:55 am

You can PM me here or contact me at Would be interested in hearing your story about your camera(s).



Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by mediaed » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:47 am

We are in the last week of our camera registration drive specials. This is an important feature of to give these cameras a better future and resource documentation of what has survived. Please contact me. Ed Johnson, director.

Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by Guest » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:22 pm

Nice, keep em coming. I enjoy the info and background. I also own a Paramount BNCR, which coincidentally may have been used on Mission: Impossible as well. It was last used on Cheers as the cases are marked as such. It was the X camera. I will have to look thru my photos and find the one I have a of a BNC on a similar dolly working on Star Trek.


Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by mediaed » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:36 pm


Great setup and pix. Sent you a Private Mssg. ED.

Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by Scope235 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:05 pm

Here are 2 photos of the BNC on the Moviola crab dolly
Mitchell BNCR #198
Camera in STAR TREK museum

Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by Scope235 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:01 pm

Thanks Charlie for the info on Burgi from the 1959 ASC mag! I was informed that this particular camera shot the 1960's MISSION:Impossible series at Paramount/Desilu.

Today, I mounted this BNC onto a beautiful Moviolo crab dolly at the about to open STAR TREK: ORIGINAL SERIES SETS museum, run by a friend of mine in Ticonderoga, NY.

Since there is some possibility that it might have also worked occasionally next door on Stages 9 & 10 on the TREK series, it seemed fit to let this camera spend a year or so on display amongst the beautiful recreations of the USS Enterprise's Bridge or transporter room, etc !!! Truth is, we recently moved and I had to place this camera in storage...and with the Ohio humidity, I feared that it would not do well sitting in a, it will be marveled at in its vintage setting..I removed the CP crystal motor and housing and installed a period "can" blimp motor cover and side finder :-)

Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by Cinemachinery » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:12 am

So, I'm wondering if this is scope235's camera in the picture I attached. This was in A.C. 8/1959. There was a 2 page article about J. Burgi Contner shooting "Naked City". I attached it in this post for your and Jeff's enjoyment.

59-8 BNC-Contner 0003.jpg
59-8 BNC-Contner 0001.jpg
59-8 BNC-Contner 0002.jpg

Re: Mitchell Cameras; ownership history

by mitchellbnc » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:34 pm

Hello Jeff, great shot of your BNCR and I enjoyed reading your comments. Looking forward to any future shares that you might offer.


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