A very dear friend of mine recently passed away, and his wife asked me (she knows my collecting tastes ) if I wanted some of his old film equipment. It's all in beautiful condition, but she was going to throw it out.
He had just finished writing a book about his adventures, and gave me a proof copy. I told him it was very good, and he ordered several hundred copies, not on my say so of course, he just wanted me to have the first copy. A day or two after receiving them, he had a stroke, and passed on. He was a great friend and mentor, and I'll miss him.
Anyway, I'd like to try and sell the equipment for her. I think it would be the right thing to do. She gave me several vintage 8mm movie projectors, some film to video transfer items, editing equipment, cases of old films, slide projectors, and slides, with lots more on the way. I don't know what else she has.
All that being said, if anyone is interested, send me a pm , or a link to a movie collectors site. I'm also going to list it on e-bay as well.
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2013 11:57:33 GMT -5 by Doug T.
As regards the cine equipment, I think as Wayne says there aren't too many collectors. There were plenty of people who bought an 8mm camera and projector, but most of them will have been in the cupboard for ages. While I don't collect 8mm stuff I do have a couple of cine cameras - one standard 8 and one super 8. I have several 8mm projectors - a friend passed some on to me several years ago, and I already had two. I've got one 16mm projector too: 110v with a whacking great transformer for using it on 220-240v. I must test it out some day, I'm not too sure if it's electrically safe.
It would be a shame to let these go for nothing, they're in pristine condition. I might just set up a spot to display them, I don't have a lot of film items in spite of being a big film buff.
Ken was in the Army Air Corp, and a lot of the movies he took pertain to flying. He also used to smuggle Bibles into the former Soviet Bloc Countries, and had to spend time in a Turkish prison for doing so. He was a very healthy for his age, 85, and would walk a lot of miles every day. Quite a guy! I'll miss him greatly
His wife just came over, and gave me the keys to his car, I guess he wanted me to have it.
Friends like that stay in our memories for ever, we miss seeing them but they still make us smile.
Too right Dave, I smile when I remember my stepfather Bob who went a couple of years ago. He was generous, a good friend and nothing was too much if you needed help. When mum met him he lived next door to BAe Systems in Filton, Bristol and did contract work for them. We went on the Concordes a couple of times as 'ballast' for test flights. He made Cider from the orchard in the back garden - vile stuff with toenails, ladybirds, moths and everything else in it - but my God it did the trick!! We rode horses, we went on holiday and I sat in the back of a pickup all the way down the M5.
The words 'Mad Bugger' come to mind. Never got any old cameras off him but I did inherit a Humber Sceptre. Once the flagship car of the Humber range, but this was nearly 50 years old and twice round the clock. It was painted sky blue with thick, brush applied emulsion. Painted over rust, flies and road debris. The leather seats had no stuffing in them and the floor was cornflake boxes painted blue.
Yes we miss them, our old friends.
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2014 19:39:36 GMT -5 by philbirch
Sometimes, of course "old friends" aren't that old when they decide to head off elsewhere. Mick, a friend from school died at 21, forty-odd years ago now. He had a fund of silly jokes, some of which I still remember: and they make me laugh even now.