My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

Post a reply

BBCode is ON
[img] is ON
[flash] is OFF
[url] is ON
Smilies are OFF

Topic review

If you wish to attach one or more files enter the details below.

Expand view Topic review: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by marop » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:45 am

Hello Scope235! I own a BNCR that was originally purchased by Paramount. I was told mine worked on the Mission Impossible TV series of the 1960s. I research the history of my cameras. Can I ask how you learned of the Mission Impossible history for your camera?

Thanks and welcome to the website,


Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by MatthewWalter » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:12 am

Scope235 wrote:
Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:48 am
Hi Everyone! New member here: Jeff Barklage, s.o.c. DP

I still own several films cameras: Moviecam Compact, Arri 35-3, Mitchell BNCR, Mauer 05, Bolex Rex 5 and Arri 16BL [mostly just for fun current workhorses that bring home the bacon: 2 x Epic Dragons, Red One and BMPC] Full size Worrall, Arri Gearhead, O'Connor 2575C, O'Connor 100, etc.

But my pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198, "born" July 1957 to J. Burgi Contner, ASC...used on his TV series NAKED CITY. It was also used on SGT. BILKO and, if my sources are correct, headed back from NYC [where Mr. Contner was stationed] to Paramount, where it shot the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE & I:SPY series.

I have a full set of R-35 mount Super Baltar primes and she runs like a champ! We used her on a film noir short recently and the image created with the Baltars is [of course] terrific! I'll post some behind the scenes stills.
Oh my god! I really can't believe that you own the Mitchell BNCR #198. It was used in Mission Impossible movie. You are very lucky to own this camera. I also own Mauer 05 but it not too cool as Mitchell BNCR #198

Re blimp housing??

by mediaed » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:23 am

Welcome Brendon.

Do you have a question?


Re: My pride and joy is Mitchell BNCR #198

by BrendonKyte » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:12 pm

Mitchell 35mm BNC or BNCR Motion Picture Camera Blimp Housing.

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.