Universal Camera Corp, Chicago
This is a very nice 35mm Universal Movie Camera.
It was made by the Universal Camera Corp. Chicago, Ill.
Not to be confused with the movie studio of the same
name. It is a good looking Unisversal and has very
few paint chips and brassing. The engine turning on
the aluminum doors is in fantastic condition with only a
slight yellowing of the lacquer over finish. It
holds two hundred feet of film inside engine turned,
removable, film box style magazines.
These cameras were designed to be field cameras.
Because of their reliability Universals were probably the
most popular of all the field cameras. As time went along
Universal added different filmatic tricks to the
mechanism in hopes of getting some of the "Studio
Camera" market. The mechanism is very much a
copy of the most reliable Pathe' or Lumiere movement.
It was real common to see several of these cameras
available from the camera department of any of the major
Hollywood studios. Almost every feature that
required second unit or scenic work checked out a
Universal as a matter of fact in their camera order.
Because of it's high serial number this Universal must be
from around 1920. Mechanically this camera is in a real
shooting condition and has a very pleasing and smooth
The lens is a 50mm f3.5 Bausch &
Lomb Tessar, series 1C, patented Feb. 24,
1903. The iris operation is very smooth.