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tubecameraLA 08-23-2017 10:54 AM

Looking for Tube Cameras
Hey all,

Was recommended to post on VideoKarma as maybe you guys could help me out.

I'm working on a production based @ Sony in Los Angeles and we're looking to find old tube cameras, from the 60s/70s/80s to shoot real footage on, for use in the film.

Our film takes place across multiple decades and we would like to add that authentic look, but so far really good working tube cameras have been hard to find, and although I have a few options via private collectors, we're looking for more.

If anyone here has any to rent/buy, or could point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it.


benman94 08-23-2017 11:34 AM

Moved to correct forum.

vts1134 08-23-2017 12:50 PM

Have you tried Harry Poster ? He is big into television receivers, but he might be able to help, or point you in the right direction.

Eric H 08-23-2017 01:59 PM

Isn't Chuck Pharis the vintage camera guru?

Kamakiri 08-23-2017 05:54 PM

Send a PM to Steve D. He worked at KTLA for many years and has a collection of cameras if memory serves.

tubecameraLA 08-23-2017 06:03 PM

Thanks guys! @ vts and Kamakiri, I will definitely reach out to Harry and Steve, respectively. Thanks for the leads.

And thanks Eric, I've been in contact with Chuck. He's not local to LA anymore but has been supremely helpful and is most definitely an expert.

Really appreciate all the help guys!

rld-tv01 08-23-2017 06:38 PM

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You didn't state what type of tube camera you are looking for. I found a Sony video camera similar to this picture last year at a yard sale in Long Beach CA for $5.00. It probably doesn't work. Unfortunately I stored it in a house up in Big Bear CA about 2 months ago. I'm assuming your looking for large Studio type camera. This type camera was probably used at a college or very small studio?

Chip Chester 08-23-2017 07:22 PM

Ther Early Television Museum in Ohio has a few.

Plus check out their links/resources page for other possibilities. You would need to contact them to discover operational status and financial arrangements, but I do know they're looking to re-do the parking lot, etc. so they have capital needs you could assist with. Pretty sure they'll want stuff back undamaged, of course.

Several features have used what looks like period gear, so you might look on IMDB to see who the various suppliers were.

For example, Grease (film) and Hairspray were set in-period, and had the gear available. Whether it was operating to generate pictures I'm not sure. NBC's recent Grease live cast had some gear they probably just pulled out of their warehouse...

The recent Netflix production GLOW had slightly later gear in action, including what looked like 3/4" machines in actual use.

Calling PBS stations away from major metro areas could, sadly, reveal equipment that was used up until recently.


tubecameraLA 08-23-2017 07:46 PM

@rld-tv01: Don't know too much about them honestly, just trying to find some of the more portable ones to shoot with. That Sony you have looks like it would definitely fit the bill. If you get around to checking on it, let me know!

@Chip Chester: thanks Chip! I will check that out. So far been tough to find suppliers out here but will keep lool again and check imdb. Appreciate all the ideas!

Telecruiser 09-01-2017 09:53 PM

Have you tried History for Hire?

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