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Simon Vaughan- APTS Archivist
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Unusual Emitron
Oct 19th, 2018, 12:23am
 
Can anyone help in the history of this unusual Emitron camera that was rescued from a basement car park at TVC in 2012.
Little is known about the camera, why and when was it developed, what was it's purpose? What were the pipes on the front for?  it has sights on the top in-line with the Emitron tube.  
I have traced it to Kingwood Warren in 1950.  It featured in a BBC Newsreel "Improving the View", tx 23rd October 1950.  But after that it's whereabouts is a mystery until it was discovered at TVC in 2012.
As can be seen from the screen grabs it appears to take a standard post-war Emitron tube.

[url]...Screen Shot 2018-10-19 at 00.58.52 by Alexandra Palace Television Society, on Flickr[/url]

[url]...Screen Shot 2018-10-19 at 00.58.35 by Alexandra Palace Television Society, on Flickr[/url]

[url]...Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 21.07.13 by Alexandra Palace Television Society, on Flickr[/url]

...Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 20.59.24 by Alexandra Palace Television Society, on Flickr

[url]...Emitron by Alexandra Palace Television Society, on Flickr[/url]


Hopefully someone knows something about this unusual Emitron design and what it was used for.
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Re: Unusual Emitron
Reply #1 - Oct 23rd, 2018, 11:02pm
 
FASCINATING PICTURES! THE TWIN LENSES AT THE FRONT WERE USED ONE FOR THE TELEVISING THROUGH TO THE EMITRON TUBE BUT THE OTHER ON WAS AN OPTICAL VIEWFINDER WHICH PROJECTED ONTO A GROUND GLASS SCREEN FOR THE OPERATOR. I THINK IT WAS SO BASIC THAT THE IMAGE WAS ACTUALLY UPSIDE DOWN FOR THE CAMERAMAN. eLECTRONIC VIEWFINDERS APPEARED MUCH LATER.
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