The ECLAIR 'Crab' originated in French film studios, pre-war. Purely mechanical with steerable linked tri-wheels, this pedestal could be elevated in two stages to a height of 6ft. Used from the early 1950s in tv studios and particularly on obs. Still used.
Classic French movie camera, designed in 1947. This camera was adopted by the French 'New Wave' cinema because of its portability and flexibility. The camera could shoot either 35mm or 16mm film and had a three-lens offset turret. The focussing was through a mirror reflex viewfinder. The camera used also by newsreels, advertising and tv. The Rank series 'Look At Life' features the camera in it's opening titles.
The famous French Eclair 16mm camera, the NPR (Noiseless Portable Reflex) appeared in 1963 and was used extensively by documentary film makers. The camera holds 400ft of film (the feed and take up spools parallel in the magazine).In 1969 the NPR was chosen by director Michael Wadleigh to shoot his documentary 'Woodstock' using a total 16 cameras. We have two NPRs each with Perfectone sync motors,
prime lenses and an additional 12-120mm f2.2 10 x 12 B Angenieux zoom lens.
Eccentric design friction pan head and tripod from the French company Éclair. The unit is marked 'Brevis Coutant Mathot' and dates probably from the mid 1950s. The head accepts a standard wedge plate. The full rig is quite heavy.