Mitchell BNC #87
This Mitchell BNC #87 was manufactured in December of
1950 and first delivered in January of 1951. This camera
worked up until the late 1960's and then was retired when
the owner closed the company.
The camera comes with a huge gear head and a set of
wooden legs. It has all its' original operating parts.
Four lenses, Follow Focus, Matte Box, Side Finder with
flip up focus cams, 1000 foot mags, motor and all the
traveling cases that go with all the camera parts.
It is unusual that a camera of this age is
still original and complete. It has had none of the after
market camera conversions that usually happen to cameras
as film technology advances.
Being such a low serial number makes me think that the
possibility of there being a complete, unmodified camera
older than this one is remote.
The Mitchell BNC was the camera of choice
for major motion picture production from just before the
beginning of World War II through the advent of the
Mitchell BNCR in December 1967.
BNC #1 was made in August of 1934, #2 was
August, 1935, # 3 was January 1937. Because of the war,
there was only one camera made between 1939 and 1946,
this was #18 made in June of 1941. After the war
production by Mitchell Camera Corp. increased
dramatically and in 1947 they made 32 cameras, serial
number 32 through 64. The age of Hollywood in the 1950s'
was about to roll and a Mitchell BNC was the camera of
choice. Mitchell BNC #87 was on the leading edge of this