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Movies / Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media If you are a photographer, it's difficult not to appreciate movies too. In this forum you can discuss movies, as well as the cameras used in them. What camera used in what film / TV show etc has long been a topic of discussion at RFF. Whether the Exakta and 400mm Kilfitt lens in Hitchcock's Rear Window or the Nikons in Eastwood's Bridges of Madison County, cameras are tools which reflect the time and technology of the film.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Old 12-24-2011   #1
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Just saw the trailer for this film, for the first time, during a football game. Looks like some considerable Exakta action. If you happened to be in the market for one, better get in your last purchases before the prices for these on eBay inevitably spike. Exaktaphiles out there: what model is the kid carrying? (I'm far from an expert.)
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Old 12-26-2011   #2
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I saw that too. Interested to see how it incorporates in the movie.
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Old 12-26-2011   #3
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As an aside, I read the book but was not as impressed as some of the reviewers seemed to have been. It might make a better movie...
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Old 12-27-2011   #4
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As an aside, I read the book but was not as impressed as some of the reviewers seemed to have been. It might make a better movie...
Or it might not. I don't know if I can justify paying cinema prices for a 40something-scoring film, even if a classic camera is shown , so this might go into the download queue for a few months from now.
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Old 02-19-2012   #5
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Just saw this movie today. Notwithstanding the reviews on the site in the previous posting, I thought it was very good indeed. A very moving tribute to New Yorkers, in many respects. The young lead (Thomas Horn) is remarkable, and Max von Sydow -- well, I can watch him all day, even when he isn't speaking (and in fact his part is mute), and he's up for an Oscar.

Now -- yes indeed, that's an Exakta V, with what looks like a CZJ Tessar, and it plays an important role in the movie. I got a big kick out of seeing it. I'd like to know whether the book specifies the camera or not, since the back story is that it's the kid's grandfather's camera, and he was from Dresden. (Camera geek quibble -- if the camera was supposed to have been acquired in Germany, it would have been a Varex -- V was the export version of that model.)
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Old 02-19-2012   #6
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This problem happened with Harry Potter and the Argus C3. Prices jumped to like a $100.
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it is a good movie, but the kid never focused the camera, nor made a shutter or aperture adjustment. he used it as if it were a digital point and shoot. i always am piqued when technical things like this are glossed over.
performances by the kid and von sydow easily overshadowed this little technical pique of mine ...
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I read [most] of the book. Somehow all that exakta goodness was missing in the original text lol.

And I have the viewfinder for one, new in box that I picked up but no camera to go under it yet. I've been looking though.

As for the Argus from Harry Potter, just last fall I got one for 20$ and it's perfect, a matchmatic. Still need to play with it.
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Old 02-21-2012   #9
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You have the WL finder? If you can get a camera with the prism finder then you're set -- I believe they sold the cameras with both finders.

It's true, the kid used the sports finder rather than looking down through WL finder, and he must have been really good at guessing exposure since he never touched the shutter speed or aperture settings. His shot of the Viola Davis character was perfect; tough indoor lighting situation. And he apparently found a one hour lab in Manhattan that prints 4x6s with borders.

But it was enough to see that camera, and the shutter sound was the real McCoy. (I'm sure I was the only person in the theater who picked up on that....)
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me, too, konickon ...
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You have the WL finder? If you can get a camera with the prism finder then you're set -- I believe they sold the cameras with both finders.
Yes, brand new. And I have been on the lookout for the bottom half and trying to research just what it will fit. Got the Finder over summer.

*Sometimes I buy things in reverse order but it works out. Had my Yashica Wide Angle / Tele kit before I got the GSN too.
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