Here is my dad’s Bell & Howell Electric Eye 8mm movie camera. It was manufactured in 1959. I’m guessing that’s the year he bought it. He used it on every family vacation, Christmas and family gathering at least through the 60s. Maybe into the 70s. My mother still has some undeveloped 8mm film lying around the house. 8mm time capsules that might be worth opening … er .. developing.
About the camera:
- It has three lenses, normal, telephoto and wide.
- The viewfinder has color coded framing lines built in it so you can properly frame you subject accordingly. Assuming, of course, you remember which lens you are using.
- There is no battery. Wind the motor. Shoot. Repeat.
- It is unbreakable. Well, that’s probably not entirely true. If you drop it, it is more likely to break the floor. It is all metal. A heavy metal with a mottled finish for grip.
- Of course, the lenses are all glass.