Cameras in movies

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  1. Actor

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    What kinds of cameras do these characters use in the movies?

    • In the movie Blow Up the protagonist has a medium format camera in his studio. He uses a 35mm to take the picture that is the subject of the film.
    • In The Godfather the wedding photog is using a press camera. The FBI man is using a similar camera which Sonny smashes.
    • Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman and in the 1978 movie?
    • Rafter Man's camera in Full Metal Jacket.
     
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  2. Mike_E

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    Jimmy Olsen had a Speed Graphic in the TV series didn't he? Seems like he had a Nikon F in the movie but it's been a long time for both. ;)
     
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    I can't speak to the specific movies, but from my own observations 90% of the cameras you see in movies are either graflex press cameras and nikon slrs. Which ones depend on the date/period of the movie.

    00's = Nikon f5 or digital SLR
    90's = Nikon f4
    80's = Nikon f2 or f3
    60's and 70's = Nikon F
    Earlier = Graflex
     

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